Here it is!! My Dowerin Field Days Wearable Art Competition entry 2013!

So, last year I entered the Dowerin Field Days Wearable Art Competition with my ‘hessian sack dress’ and placed runner-up!!

Great achievement I thought , for my first attempt.

Let’s see if I can go one better this year with this creation, I call it ……


I wanted to go MASSIVE this year – go big or go home! – and I think I achieved it because I had to get hubby to take a photo of it on me so I could see it properly, our floor length mirror was not big enough to see it all!

I had a plan of making it soft creams and whites when I found a large piece of canvas in one of the farm sheds, and so it begun……

The main dress is made of this heavy canvas with a mosquito netting as an overlay.

I found some soft rope and inset it into the bodice for some interest and then made another overlay out of rip stop (used for making light weight horse rugs) and ruched it up over the front to give a meringue look – essential for the biggest of wedding dresses!!

I then made a bustle to wear on top of the dress with the canvas as the bustle and the rip stop as a ruffled train (I will go into the belt buckle soon)

I finished the look with a massive hoop skirt made from the rip stop and stiff number 8 grade wire and when it was all put together, I was very happy with what I had achieved.

Then came the jewellery….

My very first idea for this dress was the same day I was announced runner-up for the 2012 wearable art competition, and it was to use bullet shells somehow in the design.

So, that is what the belt buckle is made from, the very ends of empty bullet shells that my husband lovingly cut for me!

And while I was in the shed “helping” him (more like getting in the way), I found some metal nuts (used to screw into chip board, I think) so I snatched them up to make the necklace and earrings – I hope he didn’t need them for anything – whoops.

For the engagement ring, it is made from a bullet shell and a diamante – can’t have a wedding without first showing off that bit of bling!!

The head piece is totally different to what I had in mind as it came together after a trip to one of the old farm tips where I found a speaker cover from one of the old abandoned utes.

I spray painted it gold and it just came alive and showed all of the fascinating ‘honeycomb’ effect that was hidden before (small things hahaha)

This then became the base of my fascinator, which I attached an abundance of white feathers to, some mozzie netting and a few scattered bullet shells, I wasn’t sure about it until I saw it altogether with the dress in the fantastic photos my sister took.

Now, if anyone really knows me, they know that I like to collect old rusted bits of crap hahaha, I love the colour of it, so you could imagine how I have styled my house around rusted things and what people must think when they visit.  It really doesn’t help having really old farm tips full of amazing treasures close by (I am trying to think how to display a very old washing machine with the roller attached hahahaha)

Every wedding dress HAS to have a bouquet, so there was no question of what it would be made of – yep , you guessed it, bits of rusted metal – I found an old shearing comb, springs, bolts, blades of some sort, wire and other things I don’t have a name for ( it isn’t as though the tip has things in neat piles of labelled goods) I threw in a few bullet shells and canvas remnants from the dress and ‘voila’, a very interesting, heavy wedding bouquet!

We had a blast doing the photo shoot, my talented sister Adelle, came up from Perth, I geared up (and took out most of the things on the buffet while I was squeezing my way down the hallway), put on my cowboy/workboots and trudged through the sheep in the paddock to the old shearing yard, gathering sheep poo in my train along the way.

I had some interesting ideas for poses that just did not work – walking was hard enough in this dress, what was I thinking trying to climb a tree? – Adelle then directed me and it all fell into place and we produced some amazing shots – she is so clever!

All the while, my Mum and the kids were checking out a little weak looking lamb half asleep under the tree ,after a few hours of watching, we decided he WAS all alone and now he has been added to our little nursery! (I always said to myself, “if they follow me home, they must be desperate, so I will look after them” – this one ended up following the kids home that afternoon)

So, that is the journey of the Dowerin dress!!

AND, here it is….

Shot gun wedding

Art wear competition entry

Dowerin Art wear competition dress

Dowerin Dress entryDowering Artwear competition belt

Art wear competition head wear

Dowerin Art wear competition boquet

It still has a ways to go, it goes to preliminary judging today and if it makes it though that, it goes to the Dowerin Field Days on the 28th and 29th of August.  If you are close by, go check it, it is a good day out, but otherwise, I will keep you posted on the winner, it could be me…….

I’d love to hear what you think!

love Kirsty x


48 thoughts on “Here it is!! My Dowerin Field Days Wearable Art Competition entry 2013!

  1. wherethestyledthingsareblog

    I am still in AWE of the entire thing, it’s really amazing that it’s made from rusty pieces and old material that nobody wanted, wearable art…MOST DEFINITELY! I am so proud of you 🙂 and LMFAO @ Taking everything out on the buffet on the way through haahha I am still laughing at you stuck in a tree like a big white peacock HAHAHAHA
    GOOD LUCK…I so hope you win x

    1. Deidre Pettit

      Hi Kirsty..your creation is Magnificent and the way you have made recycled material look like new is Amazing..congratulations on a design that has included all the Bride’s needs to make it come together so looks gorgeous.. GOOD LUCK you really have done yourself proud as well as all of us followers. I so hope you win:)

  2. Tammi Gledhill

    u are one clever lady !!!!!! I will keep everything crossed and send good vibes your way for the judging………. good luck xxxxxx

  3. babbleoncity

    Kirsty, my love, if you don’t win then I am going to personally visit the judges and demand a recount! What you have done there is quite simply Oh-Friggin-Mazing. Seriously. I thought last year’s entry was amaze-balls. This one absolutely takes the (wedding) cake! Everything is crossed for you … jx

      1. babbleoncity

        I can’t imagine what’s churning over in prep for next year!
        Here’s a thought …
        I reckon it’s always a good idea to find an excuse for a party … and that dress needs to be trotted out and shown off … so why not renew your wedding vows? In the paddock. With the sheep. Would be an absolute hoot. And a fantastic photo op. And a lot of fun for your friends and family.

  4. Jess Spring

    Looks fantastic Kirsty, best of luck at Dowerin and it’s great to hear there are other crazy rusty junk collectors out there.

  5. Andrea Anthony

    Wow! I am totally blown away! U r so very talented Kirsty! If u don’t win with this masterpiece, the judges need to check their eyesite. U r incredible, good luck, u deserve to win….amazing x

  6. Me

    WOW WOW WOW – that is absolutely AMAZING !!! What a clever lady you are !!!
    Crossing everything that you win – you certainly deserve it !!
    Have the best day !
    Love, hugs and positive energy !

  7. Debbie Alberti

    Unbelievable, just amazing what one persons junk is another persons treasure, wishing you all the very best at Dowerin, I think that this is hard to beat, you are so bloody clever!!!

  8. Donna Stevens

    That is incredible Kirsty! You should be so proud of yourself the dress looks amazing and so do you in it. Fingers crossed for you at Dowerin. Donna x

      1. Donna Stevens

        No I haven’t been for years not since moving south. If your dress is anything to go by though it would be great to go see what everyone else has done.

  9. Gail Pick

    what can a proud mother say, i was truley gob smacked last yr when Kirsty went out there and took 2nd place at the Dowran field day fashion parade. And now look at this yr and the new creation, how can i keep up with you my darling, your creativity has no limites. Good luck baby, you show them, Im so so proud of my 2 beautiful girls with all their wonderful talents. And what a great day we had doing the photo shoot. Love, Love, Love, Mum xxx

    1. obsessivecreativedesign Post author

      hahahah, yes, it is all sewn – I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to that I am afraid, I started research and collection for it in september last year but didn’t officially start it until a few months ago. Doing this type of thing is in my blood but believe me, there was still a lot of swearing hahahaha

  10. Le Fanciulle

    Wow this is amazing!!! Such originality and resourcefulness. Hope you win! *fingers crossed*

    Also, i shared it on our blog FB page, hope that’s alright!
    Steph xx

  11. Vickie Madigan

    Kirsty, what an amazing bridal outfit. It is incredible what you have made out of farm bts ad pieces. Well done. Best of luck in the judging

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  15. Kevin

    I still don’t have a clue about fashion but this is pretty specy to say the least, love the shotgun shell bouquet.


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