2017 Celebrate Wearable Art IV Awards!

seARTS is pleased to announce the Award categories for the 2017 Celebrate Wearable Art IV show for looks to be seen on the runway.  There will be three VIP judges who will review looks as they are on the runway and awards will be given out at the end of the show.   These awards will be supported through cash and in-kind donations.


The seARTS Best in Show - Sponsored by J. Barrett & Co.

Awarded to the Artist with the design considered by the judges to be the most exceptional overall.


Coastal Inspiration Award Awarded to the Artist with the design considered by the judges to be the most inspired for its movement, form, and texture of the coastline - Sponsored by Flagship Motorcars of Lynnfield|Mercedes-Benz


Eco - Upcycled Award - Sponsored by the Common Crow Natural Market

Awarded to the Artist with the design considered by the judges to be most innovative and made from "green friendly" materials that would otherwise be discarded.


Architectural Award - Sponsored by Epstein-Joslin Architects and the Hamilton Group

Awarded to the Artist with the design considered by the judges to be the most inspired by the concept of wearable sculpture incorporating structure, shape, and form


Student Innovation Award - Sponsored by Bank Gloucester

This award crosses all categories and is awarded to a student Artist with the design considered by the judges to be the most exceptional.


Awards Presented at Celebrate Wearable Art III - 2015

The Society for the Encouragement of the Arts Cape Ann presented seven awards at its biennial Celebrate Wearable Art runway show  September 27, 2015.


The judges each represented an important aspect of the show.  The panel included: Michelle Tolini Finamore, Curator of Fashion Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Claire Sanford, Metalsmith, owner of Top Dog Studio, and President of the Board at the Haystack School in Deer Isle, ME, and Tracey Rauh, Managing Editor and Special Project Director for the North of Boston Media Group.


The Awards included cash for the top three winners and were  sponsored by BankGloucester and Top Dog Studio. Art groups involved in the show donated free passes to the recipients.  These included the Museum of Fine Arts, the Cape Ann Museum, and the Society for Arts and Crafts, Boston.


The Awards were presented as follows:


Best of Show was presented to Rick Crangle Gloucester based wood sculptor and architectural specialist, who presented a magical woodland look that reflects his inspiration from the delicate layering and movement of a raven’s feathers.  The look was modeled by Allison Campbell, an Endicott student who is also an intern at the Marblehead Art Association.  This garment has over 500 individually hand cut, shaped, sanded, ebonized, and oiled wood elements. The full length skirt’s cherry “feathers” are upcycled from a wood staircase in Cambridge.


Best Runway ART Design was presented to Gina Russo of Sage Floral Studio, Gloucester.  Gina’s first look, worn by Sage team member, Jody Johnson, embodied a dainty wood-nymph. The fairytale whimsical dress featured a sharp bodice adorned with tea leaves that contrasts against a wide, upright skirt. It’s a fluid gradation of color from dark greens and purple to light blue with textural arrangements of soft and chunky material that include hydrangea, delphinium, succulents, angel root vine, and moss. The second look, worn by Jalapenos team member Kaleigh Bishop, was designed for the red carpet.  This piece was form fitted, full length, formal. A high collar of Monstera leaves, Rush reeds and deep red Oak leaves. This piece attached to a halter top adorned with Gerbera daisies, spray roses and Dahlias that flowed into a two panel skirt with over 10,000 hand placed Carnation petals to create an everyday fashion.


Best Runway FASHION Design was presented to Redat Davison, of the Rhode Island School of Design. The piece included a strapless fitted crop top with fitted ankle length pants draped in a flowing skirt that is open at the front. The designer used pleating to highlight specific elements of the design as well as created a balance through the use of parallels.



Honorable Mentions were given to these artists in across the categories.

Best of Show Honorable Mention was given to Barbara Poole for her collection that included “Invasive Species/Unintended Consequences” a garment that depicts the destruction of the Californian landscape due to pollution. Poole collaborated with a scientist to create the statement, made from 100% organic Merino wool and Shibori hand-dyed wire. The other two looks, called “Skin and Bones,” were hand-dyed, printed silk chiffon and habotai silk that incorporating vintage x-rays. Each garment was seamlessly created without the aid of sewing and relies on mathematics for fit and form.   


Best Art Piece Honorable Mention was awarded to Hughes-Bosca.  Mary Hughes and Caro-Gray Bosca crafted a modern twist on Pebbles Flintstone.  Wenham’s Victoria Carlson sported a full complement of hand fabricated statement pieces rare Baltic Amber Chunk necklace, hand fabricated in 18K Yellow Gold and Oxidized Silver;  rings of Baltic Amber set in 18K Gold and Oxidized Silver imbedded with a 1K diamond and a Spectralite and Ruby spinel in 18K.  Arm pieces included  Spicy Turkish style bangles and  a wide 18K and gemstone cuff with vegetation Flintstone style; Earrings were made of Ancient Amber hair style included a bone hair ornament covered in 23K gold leaf to complete the look.


Best Fashion Honorable Mention went to Abby Griswold from Rhode Island School of Design. The floor-length, black and white gown had a structured shoulder element reflecting the shapes found throughout the print. The white portion of the dress was created using the negative white spaces within the print. A patch-working technique and added trim enhances the shapes.  


The Judges Choice award went to Selina Narovlansky for her runway collection of hand-painted silk creations.