Juneau artists transformed used airplane parts and packing paper into winning costumes at the Alaska Fiber Arts Association’s Wearable Arts Show in Anchorage March 9.
Artists Larry DePute and Christina Vasquez earned “Best of Show” and “Jurors’ Choice” awards with their entry, “Still Flying.” Vasquez modeled the winning costume, which she and DePute fashioned from part of a deHavilland Beaver floatplane skin into an aluminum bodice accented with hammered copper spark plug gaskets, red and green running lights, and a strobe position light. Vasquez also wore a winged hat and a skirt fabricated from a polished aluminum propeller spinner. She presented the entry to the tune “Danger Zone” from the fighter aircraft movie “Top Gun.”
DePute and Vasquez, who won third place in the 2012 Juneau Wearable Arts Show in February, were invited to the Anchorage show and Ward Air sponsored their trip.
Artist Lauralye Miko, also from Juneau, won the “Best Use of Material” award for her entry, “Post Poetica,” which was created from packing paper, stationery, scraps of love letters, notes from friends, vintage buttons and discarded jewelry.
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