Wearable arts competition on its way to town

Art will be on stage this March, when the ''Design and Shine'' wearable arts competition comes to Milton.

To be held in Milton's Coronation Hall on March 16, the event will raise money for the Tokomairiro Toy Library.

Library president Danique Girvan said a six-person committee began planning the event last year. The competition would show off the creative talents in the area, while raising money to keep the toy library open.

''We have to do these types of things to keep us going. Several years ago the toy library was very close to shutting down.''

The money would go towards operating costs including rent, power, and insurance.

Secretary Teri Cookson said wearable arts was very popular in the Clutha area.

''I love wearable arts, and entered the Positively Clutha Women competition two years ago. I thought it would be great to hold one in Milton.''

Others in the group embraced the idea, and the ''design and shine'' theme was chosen.

''It's nice to give the community something different,'' Ms Cookson said.

The competition is open to everyone and has five sections - inspired by a rural setting and materials found on the farm, fondest memories and inspiration from the toy box, recycled materials, masks, and a youth section, for those aged 10 to 16.

The supreme winner will be awarded $1000, with $200 each for section winners.

Mrs Girvan said she hoped to announce the three judges early next month.

At 5pm on March 15 a ''Kids on the Catwalk'' event will be held for those aged under 10 years, with two sections - individual and groups.

Entries for both events close tomorrow.

About 45 families are members of the toy library, which is open about five hours a week.

Last year, the toy library moved out of the Coronation Hall to 107 Union St after it outgrew the space available in the hall.

Mrs Girvan said the toy library was thriving in its new location, with more space to store toys and for children to play.

- helena.dereus@odt.co.nz