Media Release

  1st September 2005

Shanz Creations

You Can Leave Your Hat On... It is a Shanz Creations!

With one glance at the wares of Shanz Creations a hat lover is hooked. The quirky yet elegant sculptures that form the range available from Shanz Creations are unmistakable. Each piece is haute couture and has a sweeping style, colour and characteristic of its own and of it’s creator, Shannon Meyers.

Shannon Meyers was trained a visual artist and this talent is inherent in her exceptional approach to hat design. Her focus on textiles has led her to a rich symphony of dyeing techniques and fabric manipulation. She uses fabrics as far apart in scope as silk and hessian. However sinamay is Shannon’s fabric of choice and has enabled her to realise the broadest range of her design skills. Sinamay is fibres from the Epaka tree that are woven on a wooden loom. It is a popular material for artisans of the Philippines, both for its elegant look and durability.

Shannon’s hats have been inspired by a range of natural wonders including her visit to the Cockatoo Islands. Shannon filmed the coral at low tide in all its grandeur. Taking notes of the shapes and colours from these wonderful images Shannon designed her hats as a reflection of this piece of natural beauty.

Currently Shannon is participating in the TCF Australia Business Skill Project run by the TCFWA Inc. and taking full advantage of the benefits.

The first national leg of the TCF Australia Uncovered journey was to Melbourne. Here TCFWA facilitated the networking of Shannon and introduced her to project mentor Sue Trethowan-Jones, an Australian millinery expert. This mentoring gave Shannon the opportunity to feature her hats at various fashion events for the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Since then Shannon has been over run with orders. Shanz Creations has become the darling label of the Melbourne fashion elite.

There are thousands of women living in isolated and regional areas of Australia with innovative ideas or with a business in the TCF or creative industries. The Textile Clothing and Footwear Resource Centre of WA (TCF WA) recognised the hardships involved for these women and decided to do something about it.

TCF Australia Uncovered Business Skills project was launched on the 7th of July 2004 and has scheduled a series of events that run from August 2004 to November 2005. These activities will be held from far North and South WA, Darwin, Alice Springs, Geelong and Hobart and also in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. These activities have been scheduled to coincide with such fashion events as Fashion Exposed, Mercedes Australian Fashion Week, the Australian Fashion Awards and Perth Fashion Festival.

Designedge - TCF Australia Uncovered launched in 2003 as a trade exhibition staged in Perth to provide a showcase of fashion design talent from independent designer operators.  In 2004, the TCF Australia Uncovered Business Skills project will concentrate on uncovering design talent in remote and regional Australia and provide business skills development in the form of online mentoring, specialist workshops, networking and business matching opportunities.  A focus of the project will be directed to indigenous, multicultural and young women.

TCF Australia Uncovered Business Skills project is an Australian Government Funded service under the Small Business Enterprise Culture Program and is supported by the TCFWA Inc., Belmont Business Enterprise Centre Inc. (BBEC) , M.D.F.I, WA Office of Multicultural Interests, C.T.I. NT,  N.T.F.A. and Business Professional Women WA

For more information on Shanz Creations  please contact:

Media Contact: Shannon Meyers

Phone: 61 8 9479 3777 Fax:  61 8 9479 3888

Mobile: 0402 660 361/ 0417 963 231

Email: shanzcreations@hotmail.com

For more information on designedge fashion incubator project contact:-

Carol Hanlon Ph: 08 9479 3777 Mobile: 0417 963 231

eMail: carol.hanlon@tcfwa.com

www.designedge.net.au   www.tcfwa.com   www.belmontbec.com