Balancing Act - 2nd Place in the 2022 Millinery Australia Design Award

I am excited that my piece was awarded 2nd place in the 2022 Millinery Australia Design Award! The theme was Counter Balance and my piece is called Balancing Act!  
Balancing Act - Counter Balance - Millinery Australia Design Award - Lauren Ritchie
I wanted to create a physical representation of Counter Balance through shapes.  The pieces constructed of straw materials were created using a series of blocking and pattern cutting techniques.  The shapes were there strategically placed in an off-kilter tower delicating balancing and relying on each other for support.  The strong direction and angle of one shape forces the next shape to compensate in the opposite direction. 
  
I love these stunning photos of the piece that were captured by Richard Shaw with piece modelled by Finola Axie with makeup by Amy Kenny and photo production by Lisa Watt. 
Balancing Act - Counter Balance - Millinery Australia Design Award - Lauren Ritchie
Balancing Act - Counter Balance - Millinery Australia Design Award - Lauren Ritchie