The Granite Belt community was treated to a night of high-end glamour at the fourth annual ‘Twisted & Tangled’ textile showcase.

With a $1000 prize up for grabs the quality of works surpassed the organisers’ expectations, with Glen Innes designer, Ashley Hansell of TrAsh Fashion taking out the grand prize with her steam punk-inspired outfit.

The winning outfit was handmade from recycled materials, with the jacket featuring a hand embroidered image which was sewn using copper wire pulled from an old washing machine.

Ashley endeavours to be as environmentally aware as possible when making her outfits, even to the extent of making the majority of the outfit with a pedal-powered sewing machine, which also ties in with the steam punk theme.

Other winners included Best Creative Piece – Helen Newton, Best Crafted – Mieke Den Otter, Best Recycled – Abi Thompson and People’s Choice also taken out by Ashley Hansell.

The judge for this year’s event was Marg Enkelmann, a “Farm Wearable” artist from the South Burnett.

Marg’s creativity was unleashed when she first made wearable art from recyclable items found on the property as part of a Queensland Rural Women’s Network competition in 2005.  Since then, her wearable art has been shown across Southern Queensland and northern NSW.

Marg says of farm wearable art, “It does not care about ones colour, size or age.  It cares only about bringing laughter and fun. Farm Wearable Art gives one’s imagination great freedom, but it comes with many other benefits, the main one being for the individual, who, to her surprise, finds she can step outside ‘that circle’ and enjoy being just a little bit crazy for a few minutes”.

If you are interested in seeing more of Ashley Hansell’s work please visit her online store www.etsy.com/shop/TrAshFashion