Artist designs banner for grand finale between West Perth and Claremont

The WAFL grand final that resulted in West Perth beating Claremont by 12 points was commemorated in a colorful mural.

KIA – a WAFL sponsor – commissioned artist Tessa Dorotich to design the 20-foot banner that was unveiled during the game.

Tessa Dorotich's design to celebrate the WAFL Grand Finals.
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Dorotich said she painted a mural for the Melbourne Dems last year, who won the AFL Grand Final in Perth.

“That has led to a lot more work with sports clubs and organizations,” she said.

The players in the banner were drawn twice, first with jerseys from all WAFL teams and then with West Perth and Claremont jerseys in the final version.

Dorotich said as an Aussie “it was hard to avoid the game”.

“I grew up with Footy and really enjoyed it as a kid. My family is still very involved and brings us together,” she said.

“I love the community and how it can bring people together, especially after the past two years of not being able to be together.”

She said the fans are “the most amazing part of the game”.

“It’s great to see such a strong community of people showing enthusiasm for their work. I’m really grateful for the opportunity to show my work on a large scale,” she said.

Dorotich said most of her notable work was murals and drawings, but her art also includes wearable art and textiles.

“One day I can paint a mural for a football club and another day I can do a costume for a drag queen,” she said. Artist designs banner for grand finale between West Perth and Claremont

Nate Jones

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