Ancient Finnish legend tells of a fox who ran so quickly across the snow that his tail caused sparks to fly into the night sky, lighting it ablaze with brilliant, technicolour shades that are today known as the Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights.
That is the story passed down from generation to generation in Finland and an important cultural tale that will take one local student all the way to the top following the exploding success of her Year 12 HSC Textile and Design major work.
Melville High HSC student Corazon Garcia-Kytola has literally embedded the Aurora creation story and her Finland heritage into her textile artwork – a dress which took six months of blood, sweat and tears to finish. Speaking to the Argus, Corazon tells of how the major work is so much more than just a dress.
“I’ve hand-embroidered paw-prints, snowflakes, the fox and other significant symbols into the material of the dress to reflect the story my granparents told me when I was a girl. When you lift up the dress there is another layer which I have attached LED lights to to represent the beautiful colours and the brilliance of the Aurora,” she said.
Corazon’s artwork has been selected to feature in the 2017 TexStyle Exhibition – an annual exhibition of outstanding Major Textiles Projects by HSC students.
The exhibition will be held at the Stitches and Craft Show at Rosehill Racecourse from Thursday 8 March to Sunday 11 March 2018.
She has also been asked to apply for submission into the Powerhouse Museum. “Everyone in my house is glad it’s over, I think Dad was excited to get back to work,” she laughed.
As for the future, the sky is the limit. Corazon has already visited universities in Melbourne and keen to check out institutions in Sydney.
She plans to spend the next 12 months on a gap year to build up her savings. “I’d love to get into international studies but I think I’m going to do a bachelor of arts and get a taste for what the unis can offer me. But first I need to work for the money,” she said.Read more at:white formal dresses | plus size formal dresses australia