St Catherine's Catholic College Year 9 student Isabel Spence spent eight months making her wearable art. Photo: Elyse Wurm
St Catherine's Catholic College Year 9 student Isabel Spence spent eight months making her wearable art. Photo: Elyse Wurm

Science and creativity inspire striking wearable art

SCIENCE and art can appear to be two different areas of expertise, however a Whitsunday student combined the two schools of thought to create a striking piece of wearable art.

Isabel Spence was one of the St Catherine's Catholic College students who created wearable art to display at the Whitsundays Arts Festival this weekend.

The Year 9 student created the work over eight months and was inspired by the relationship between cell organisms and emotions.

Isabel says as humans we act on our emotions, however on a cellular level they are basically a type of physical reaction.

 

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"Do emotions really matter in the long run if they're just electrical impulses?" she said.

Isabel's piece features golden stars made from yoga mats, plastic sheeting and string she frayed to look like cells.

She said she had always been interested in science and the way it informed how people lived, but believed she was not the only one using both the practical and creative sides of her brain to make art.

"Nowadays there are a lot of artists using science to guide research," she said.

St Catherine's Catholic College Year 9 student Isabel Spence shows off her wearable art at the Whitsundays Arts Festival. Photo: Elyse Wurm
St Catherine's Catholic College Year 9 student Isabel Spence shows off her wearable art at the Whitsundays Arts Festival. Photo: Elyse Wurm

Students from St Catherine's usually display their work at the Great Barrier Reef Festival, but it was cancelled this year because of COVID-19.

Isabel was pleased to still have a location to show off her artwork among other students, saying it was great to have a new festival to celebrate creativity.

Crowds have flocked to the inaugural Whitsundays Arts Festival with workshops, live music, art installations and more being held between Saturday and Monday.

 

Wearable art created by students from St Catherine's Catholic College on display at the Whitsundays Arts Festival. Photo: Elyse Wurm
Wearable art created by students from St Catherine's Catholic College on display at the Whitsundays Arts Festival. Photo: Elyse Wurm

The wearable art can be viewed at the Whitsundays Arts Festival on the Airlie Beach Foreshore until 4pm today and between 10am and 1pm tomorrow.