"Literacy Is Not Ephemeral", Crystal Taggart   Photo Credit: Phil Baumgaertner

"Literacy Is Not Ephemeral", Crystal Taggart
Photo Credit: Phil Baumgaertner

What is Wearable Art?

A vest made of neckties, a dress made of wire, paint chips, collector jackets, repurposed wedding dresses…an outfit made of paper mache, another of leaves and moss. And you won’t believe the clothing created from one roll of caution tape! Gowns made from sail cloth scraps, VHS tape, beads, mussel shells…..and so much more!

These outfits have been featured at the PT Wearable Art Show, which started in 2010 as a fundraiser for Jefferson Community Foundation’s Fund for Women & Girls. Now a yearly show held on Mother’s Day weekend in May, The Port Townsend Wearable Art Show has become the hit of spring, with all previous shows completely sold out!

A wearable art show melds art and fashion, using the human form as a kinetic part of an artistic piece. Our local show is modeled on wildly popular wearable art shows in cities like Baton Rouge, Ketchikan, Halifax, and Wellington, New Zealand.

The works for this juried show range from functional to fantastic, and include creations fashioned from just about anything you can think of, from silk to leather, woven radio wire, vinyl records, copper, paint chips, vintage photo slides, and found objects like seashells, recycled water bottles and beach glass. You name it….and with our creative artists…..they will make it!

It takes a village to put on our PT Wearable Art Show! We want to acknowledge and thank all of the volunteers who make the show a super fantastic production! We look forward to seeing you there!


Thank you to our 2019 sponsors

First Federal
Eisenhardt Group
Kris Nelson
Noel Sandra Leone
Debbi Steele & Dennis Daneau
Terrapin Architecture

Clarity Enterprises, Inc
Coldwell Banker Best Homes
Gale Investment Management
Kristin Manwaring Insurance
Pane d’Amore
Teri Nomura: Windermere
Windermere Port Townsend

Ali & Robert Alexander
Elizabeth Clapp
Ray Graves / Steve Duniho
Polly Lyle
Mary’s Place, Suzanne Cunliffe
Northwind Arts Center
Swatch Team
Waste Not Want Not