If you were lucky enough to be able to attend Dundee Wearable Art Show on Saturday evening, you would have witnessed a spectacular array of talent. Dundee is home to a whole host of talented people which made it extremely difficult when we were asked to judge the Spirit of Dundee Award on the night.
For those of you who weren’t able to attend, the Dundee Wearable Art Show is a competition which allows artists and designers to create intricate pieces of wearable art. This isn’t a fashion show: there are no models but rather, performers aiming to showcase the dynamic elements of each piece.
The Spirit of Dundee Award was open to every artist showcasing their work in each category and was the subject of a heavy debate at Creative Dundee’s table due to the extremely talented entries. Eventually, we couldn’t decide on a clear winner and settled for a tie.
Ana Inés Jabares-Pita was chosen as a joint winner for the Spirit of Dundee Award as we felt her piece encompassed a variety of great things about our city. Firstly, the structure of the dress represented Dundee’s architectural history, in particular The Royal Arch which used to be a dominant feature of Dundee’s waterfront. It’s also an important factor that the foundation of the dress appears to look like the famous Law Hill – an instantly recognisable part of the city which watches over our community.
The almost transparent plastic sheet is what makes this piece even more interesting. It’s not only a nod to the waterfront scenery we are fortunate enough to have however, it also symbolises Dundee’s flowing creative industry which has been a huge part of the local economy over the years. The booming technology industry in particular has played a significant part in putting Dundee ‘on the map’ with many people across the world flocking to Abertay University, one of the world leaders in technology courses.
Our second winner was Rachel Goodwin with her beautiful piece called Ice Crystal. We felt that this piece was fragile yet sophisticated which is similar to the city of Dundee. The structure is like a delicate crystal which holds together the community, if one link in the delicate piece breaks there’s a chain reaction which mirrors human life – the residents of Dundee are supportive and take care of each other.
Rachel’s Ice Crystal also showcases Dundee’s buzzing creative industry. As an Interior and Environmental Design student at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Rachel is invested in contributing to Dundee’s creative industry and this intricate piece is a great example of what’s possible.
To see the full list of winners on the night, check out Dundee Wearable Art’s website.