Folklore and Fantasy

“Once upon a time, a long, long time ago …

in the days before the internet was the answer to every query,

answers were found in a very different way.

Women shared their knowledge and skills around the camp fire, the kitchen table or the sewing room and while they worked, the stories began to unfold….”

‘Folklore and Fantasy’ – our 2018 Wearable Art Fashion Parade theme – inspired EFTAG members to look at our own family traditions and stories as well as traditional tales, to create over 100 wearable art and fashion outfits. The successful move to showing our creations on a catwalk under lights at St Mary’s Performing Arts Centre, Moruya was continued this year and guests were once again treated to champagne and canapés at this gala event, held on May 20 during the River of Art Festival.

Accolades from our guests are streaming in:

“Amazing show!

Loved it! Blown away by the creativity & the fabulous models. Great show EFTAG!

Stunning outfits!

Amazing creative talent!

Fabulous show. Five stars *****

Wow! What a fantastic show staged by EFTAG on Sunday. The critics have once again applauded the EFTAG artists for their wonderful creations ranging from the mad to the sublime and from pure fun to funky.

I was blown away by the production of such a 1st Grade show. Five stars to the people who organised, presented and assisted”.

Photo montage by Lei from the Beagle Online using photos by Mischi West.EFTAG 2018 parade photo montage

An event of this scale has that meant many people volunteered their time and expertise to bring the parade into being. A small (and very dynamic) team (Marilyn Banfield, Susan Jameson and Leigh Anne Sydenham, supported by Julie Brennan, Joan Flynn, and Stephanie Simko) worked all year, from review of the 2017 parade through to the 2018 event, and many of our members participated in some way or another during the year, in either adding energy to our plans or assisting in the lead up to or on the actual day of the parade. Twenty-five of our forty-five members submitted entries and at least thirty of our members and their partners were instrumental in organising and presenting this event. The parade was an amazing success and fun all the way – from front of house, guests and models, to back stage volunteers. Working together in this way was a beautiful expression of our group culture.

Indeed, the theme of ‘Folklore and Fantasy’ was chosen, in part, as an expression of our group culture. We are a group of women – a family of sorts – unique in that as individuals we come from very diverse backgrounds but come together as one to share our gifts and skills. This confirms and reinforces our group identity. The textile manufacturing industry is often about duplication of an exacting form, whereas the folkloric tradition includes mistakes and focuses on individual organic processes and reflects and honours the care taken in each individual item.

Just as stitches bring fabric together, so do the shared stories and skills within our group unite and bring us together as one.

We would like to thank the following people for supporting our event:

* Bermagui Party Hire – for marquees and the loan of cooling equipment

* Clinton Bell, Bell Tower Media – for volunteering his professional videography service

* David Karonidis photography – for EFTAG

* Hair and Beauty on Q, Moruya – for models’ make-up and hair

* JCL Development Solutions and Flooding Solutions, Moruya – for their generous sponsorship

* Lee-Anne Parsons, CEO Cobowra Local Aboriginal Land Council and Eileen Carberry for Welcome to Country

* Linda Bennett, Molly Bleaney, Gabriela Barrios, Megan Fraser, Karen Harper, Mandy Hillson, Brooke Hutchins, Mica Lynnah, Erin Moon, and Darwish Ripoll – for volunteering to model our creations

* Mal Smith, Retrobeats Mobile DJ – for music to sashay to

* Moruya Budget Storage

* Moruya High School – for catalogue printing

* Moruya TAFE, and Montague Art & Craft Society – for loan of equipment

* River of Art for providing and promoting this wonderful festival and their photographer Ben Marden

* St Marys Primary School – for use of the Performing Arts Centre as our venue and for their wonderful support and co-operation

* The Gundary Kitchen – for delicious finger food

* The Haniyami improvisational dance troupe – for their beautiful performances

* Transmedia Audio Visual – for sound, lighting and catwalk

* The EFTAG members – for creating amazing garments and to members and their partners for helping with tasks at and around the event

* The local community – for their ongoing support for EFTAG and creative events in the region

And last but not least!

* To the tireless Wearable Art Working Party who organised this event and all the previous parade organisers for bringing us to this point of growth.

An event this big has taken so many helpers and we are bound to have omitted a few. We are truly grateful and apologise in advance if we’ve missed you!

Don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Instagram posts of this event.

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