Wearable Art 2018: Mandurah girl shines light on autism

A 13-year-old Mandurah girl is shining a light on autism in the Wearable Art Mandurah competition, in an effort to remove the social stigma that surrounds the disorder. 

Kiana Lee Murphy has made a jigsaw puzzle dress which represents autism, her mother Michelle said.

“It is a metaphor for the coming together of pieces,” she said. 

“She wants people to know every autistic child is different and they’re not all the same.”

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Michelle Murphy said her daughter had Asperger's syndrome, which affected her ability to effectively socialise and communicate.

“She’s such a confident child and she kicks goals,” she said. “She does things in spite of her autism.”

Ms Murphy said Kiana Lee had dealt with a lot of prejudice for being autistic, but had come out of it stronger.

She said the dress, made from second-hand jigsaw pieces, took Kiana over five months to create.

Kiana Lee’s twin sister Tyler Rae will also be modelling in the Wearable Art show, wearing a dress her mother has designed. 

The show will run from June 9 to 10, 2018. 

For more information visit www.wearableartmandurah.com.