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RAF stories: DLux Media Arts and Community Connect Central West’s #fashtech workshops combine fashion, design, art and technology to create wearable tech-art. Starts June.

#fashtek is one of the projects supported in 2017 through the Regional Arts Fund. The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government initiative that supports sustainable cultural development in regional, remote and very remote Australia.

What is #fashtek 2017? A collaborative community event which brings together fashion, design, art and technology to create wearable tech-art. Participants mix materials and technology to design and create garments and accessories; combine clothing, fabric, cardboard and objects whilst learning new digital skills. They will use creative thinking and problem solving while making light, sound and interactive components for their designs.

#fashtek workshops will encourage and assist students to collaboratively design and develop a technology enhanced garment. By utilising a variety of technical skills, students will focus on creative use of everyday technology such as arduinos, circuits, touch sensors, vibration motors, light, sound and music,” creative director at Community Connect Central West Vince Lovecchio said.

All works will then form part of a public showcase and exhibition.

Workshops: dLux Media Arts will present a series of workshops scheduled for delivery between June and October 2017 (one week of workshops per month).

Workshops will cover concepts, design thinking and coding, team work, modular design, working with light; programming and making; physical design; experimentation with fabrics, cardboard, objects and circuits.

The Orange Regional Art Gallery’s 1980’s wearable art collection will provide workshop participants with an opportunity to compare their future design ideas with those of the past.


Week 1: June 19-22, 4-6pm, West Room Orange Regional Gallery

Week 2: July 10-14, 10am-12pm, West Room Orange Regional Gallery

Week 3: August 14-17, 4-6pm, West Room Orange Regional Gallery

Week 4: October 11-13, 4-6pm, East Room Orange Regional Gallery

#fashtech exhibition Friday 13 October – Sunday 17 December

Expressions of interest now open:  To take part send your contact details (name, email, phone to vlovecchio@optusnet.com.au or 0407 454 832)

Cost: $120, includes four workshops and digital materials.

Exhibition: Workshop participants have an opportunity to see their creative works displayed alongside the gallery’s’ 80’s wearable art collection in a major exhibition at the Orange Regional Art Gallery. This exhibition forms part of the Orange Youth Arts Festival in October 2017, and will also feature a catwalk ‘fashion parade’ showcasing samples of both local and national wearable art.

“#fashtech is an inclusive event that can be enjoyed by the whole community. It provides people with an opportunity to engage with others in a fun and creative way,” Vince Lovecchio said.

The project was made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, which supports sustainable cultural development in regional, rural and remote Australia to give artists and communities better access to opportunities to practice and experience the arts.


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