Wearable Buildings was a two-week community workshop under the leadership of highly experienced local designers and makers, Fiona McConchie and Steven Hayter. 12 community members worked on the creation of wearable costumes representing the iconic buildings of the Port. The project was inspired by the Bauhaus costumes of the 30s and the New York Architects of the same period who costumed themselves as their buildings. This place-focussed project celebrated the character and distinctive built heritage of the area through its playful outcomes.

The two-week process in March 2020 offered local participants the chance to gain new skills in collaborative making and presentation. A series of roaming performances was due to take part in The Port Fringe but cancelled due to the current COVID19 pandemic. The presentation of the 7 costumes is planned to take place later in 2020 as part of a larger event. These costumes will also be available for other local events well into the future allowing for the project to have an extended life.

Wearable Buildings is a place-making concept that comes directly out of long-term community interest and inspiration.

Collaborators – Fiona McConchie, Steven Hayter, Janine Peacock, Jane Shircore, Maxine Flett, Jane Edwards, Alan O’Connor, Howard Robinson, Jane MacIlwain, Helen MacIlwain, Deb Robinson & Michael Weir

Project partners included Mulloway Studios, Fontanelle Gallery, The SA Maritime Museum, Vitalstatistix and The Port of Adelaide National Trust.

IMAGES – Harts Mill built by Howard Robinson and Jane Shircore, Semaphore Star Odeon designed and built by Maxine Flett, PAEC Building Clock Tower built by Helen MacIlwain and Steve Hayter, War Memorial, Semaphore (Semaphore Angel) with Jane Edwards and Alan O’Connor & Shed 26 built by Steve Hayter and Howard Robinson

Also available: Wonga Shoal Lighthouse – designed and built by Jane MacIlwain & Heritage Crane – designed and built by Fiona McConchie

This project was funded by the City of Port Adelaide Enfield.