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Judge – Wearable Art – Yasmin Bridges

Yasmin Bridges is a Sunshine Coast based artist, creating under the pseudonym Awkward Chat. Her multidisciplinary work is a visual conversation encouraging critical thinking.

Yasmin taught herself to draw at a young age. As one of three participants in the 2015 Margaret Ellen Turner artist scholarship at the Old Ambulance Station, Nambour and a 2014 Diploma of Fashion Design and Technology graduate at TAFE Queensland East Coast, she has learned tools and techniques to find her voice as an artist.

Awkward Chat is the conduit through which Yasmin creates a pop cultural commentary. Surrealist illustrations and clothing have been explored and current projects include textile sculpture and painting. Reusing is her jam. Awkward Chat pieces provide wry observations about the news, marketing propaganda, global trends, group think and slave labour.

Currently, Yasmin works as a fashion tutor at TAFE Queensland East Coast, retail assistant at Eckersley’s Art & Craft and sewing machinist at Clark Rubber. In her own words: “I love everything about the learning and mark making experience. Through acquiring skills to create something from nothing, we place an increasingly commensurate value on the things we buy. We can consider beyond what we’re told and told”.