Awkwardly Amazing

According to the Oxford Dictionary, being awkward means being deliberately unreasonable, abnormal and causing embarrassment or inconvenience. It is socially acceptable to associate individuality and oddity to pejorative significance. Our society prevents us from exposing our authentic self with all its peculiar and eccentric facets. However, should not it be the purpose of life to distinct ourselves from our peers and embrace our uniqueness?

In April 2013, an eccentric crowd was lucky enough to attend ‘OPULENCE’, an offbeat fashion show in Australia. This happening organized by Awkward/Amazing, a collective of Melbourne artists was the group’s 2nd annual wearable art show. It was all about celebrating creativity through an awkward and innovative way of depicting one’s unique personality.

During this night, designers from all over Melbourne, as well as international ones were given the chance to showcase their outstanding and unusual designs. The distinctive outfits were worthy of this feast of freedom and creativity and came with mind-blowing accessories. Indeed, nipple pasties, glitter, feather cape, alien headdress and trolling cart were just some of the elements visible at this energetic and high-spirited night. Some of the underground designers featured during the show were Kristen Sanderson, Luna Aquatica, Fizzy Fingers and Sarah Seahorse.

During this not-for-profit event, spontaneous behavior and radical self-expression were opportune. From eating cereals to experimenting acrobatic figures, everything was allowed on this runway as long as it was done with astonishing confidence. Moreover, the audience members were all invited to revamp costumes related to the night’s abundance theme. Nudity was present across the catwalk and confirmed that embarrassment and judgments were left at home. We can absolutely say that the crowd surpassed the garments and became the real artwork of the evening.

At the end of the show, members from the audience were able to parade their own designs down the runway. Trophies were even presented to those who had created the most fascinating garments in terms of flair, color and creativity. This event definitely brought admiration and recognition to some of the lesser-known names in the underground art scene.

Awkward/Amazing have been creating mesmerizing and flamboyant events since 2011. Through this collective, emerging fashion designers, performers, dancers, musicians, photographers unite to create a variety of colourful and radical happenings, photo shoots, art installations and performances. Art collectives are groups of artists working together under their own supervision to reach shared objectives. According to their Facebook page, the purpose of this art collective specialized in random acts of amazing awkwardness is to cause “great surprise or wonder by radically embracing ones own jerky, ungraceful, clunky and embarrassing humanity”. The collaboration between these artists was established to facilitate creative expression.

Ultimately, art collectives are definitely a valuable option to consider when you are a talented artist struggling to get your work noticed. Getting your work out of the classroom or the studio can be a real challenge and that is why art students have started grouping together to share publicly their ideas and artworks. This is an interesting and efficient way of getting spotted by galleries and newspapers. How far would you go to get your creations on the big scene?

13 responses to “Awkwardly Amazing

  1. First of all I want to say supetb blog! I had
    a quick question in which I’dlike too ask if you do not mind.
    I was curious tto find out how you center yourself and clear your thoughts before writing.
    I’ve had trouble clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out there.

    I do enjoy writing however it just seems like thhe first 10 to 15 minutes tend to be wasted simply just trying
    to figure out howw tto begin. Any idwas orr tips? Kudos!


    • Hi! Thank you very much for your message. I really appreciate your comments. Personally, I read a lot of articles and news before starting my own post. I want to get as much inspired by what’s happening recently around the world. The research process can take time, but it will help you center your ideas and arguments and easily write your text. Writing an article can take a few hours to even a few days; it all depends of the inspiration, content and also how busy you are. Don’t focus too much on how to start, write whatever comes out of your mind even if it is the body of your text. You can always write your intro later. I hope I was able to help you. Please feel free to write me again and read my other articles. See you!


  2. It’s appropriate time to make some plans for the
    future and it is time to be happy. I’ve read this post and if I could I desire to suggest you
    some interesting things or tips. Perhaps you can write next
    articles referring to this article. I want to read more things about it!


    • Thank you for your great comment and feedback. I really appreciate it. I will take note of that. Please feel free to come back and check out my blog and follow my blog. I always love to read your comments!


    • Thank you for your great comment. I really appreciate it. Please feel free to follow my blog and come back and check it out as often as you would like. I always love to read your comments!


  3. Excellent site. A lot of helpful information here.
    I’m sending it to several pals ans additionally sharing in delicious.
    And certainly, thank you to your effort!


  4. I like what you guys tend to be up too. Such clever
    work and reporting! Keep up the terrific works guys I’ve
    included you guys to my own blogroll.


    • Hi Troy! Thank you very much for your amazing comment. It means a lot to me. I greatly appreciate your feedback since it helps me improve my blogging skills and allows me to provide you with higher quality articles. Thank you for your follow. I invite you to have a look at this blogpost I am giving away free fashion apps code to 5 of my readers. You should definitely have a look at the details of this great giveaway! Take care


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s