My entry is based on the Sydney Opera House in Australia. I have always loved the look of the building complex, but had no idea of its history. Once I delved in a bit, I discovered that the land it's built on was once an Aboriginal gathering point, then a cattle station, then a garrison, and finally a gathering place for the arts. The architect, Jorn Utzon, won a competition for its design in 1957. It would take 16 years to complete, after many hurdles. It is now internationally recognized as a masterpiece in architecture. The Opera house sits on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour.
I used white coutil and Rigilene boning for the support structure of the corset. The outer layer was made of two differently patterned fabrics. I cut each fabric into the corset panel sections, then cut them so they could be connected and create the visual shaping and contrast. That was a huge challenge, to keep the patterns and shapes relatively matched. Figuring out how to bone and reinforce the lower half of the corset so it stands away from the body was fun, too! The "sails" on the sides were based on the curved shapes of the Opera House, and I created them separately and attached them after the rest of the corset was finished. One of my struggles here was symmetry and keeping it balanced. The coutil layer seemed to shrink with each seam and boning placement, but the outer layer seemed to stretch even though they were cut exactly the same size. I'm overall happy with how it came out but I always see the places I could have improved. I hope I was able to show my inspiration! Thank you!
What was it like to compete this year? What would you say to someone who is on the fence about entering next year?
I procrastinated way too long this year. I had my concept and idea almost immediately, but then life happened and I didn't get fabric or materials until about a month ago. I think if I had given myself more time I would have been happier with the result, but I am still proud of what I was able to do. I would say don't procrastinate! And challenge yourself, it really is a learning experience.