garment constructed entirely from cable ties to represent a
Pohutukawa, by Wanaka artist Andi Regan, received an
honorable mention at the World of Wearable Art Awards in
Wellington last night.
It was the first year honorable mentions had been awarded at
WOW and was the result of the high standard of garments
entered, Brancott Estate WOW founder and co-judge Suzie
"We felt these entries ... needed the recognition they
Ms Regan's Pohutukawa Princess, entered in the Kiwi
icons section, was one of the eight honorable mentions given
during the show, which also included Invercargill couple
Sally Davies and Chris Nutter, whose Iron Maiden
design was entered in the avant garde section.
There were 35 winners who shared the $150,000 prize pool,
including supreme winner, London-based designer and saddler
Mary Wing To and runner-up, designer Marjolein van der Wal of
Ms Regan, who first entered WOW in 2010, said she utilised
discarded or everyday materials and transformed them into
desirable and decorative art objects.
"This entire garment is constructed from cable ties which I
Ms Moncrieff said Ms Regan's garments were "spectacular".
"The simplicity and clean design of Pohutakawa Princess is
quite beautiful, and Andi has been very clever in her
interesting use of non-traditional material," she said.
Ms Regan was one of four Otago entrants chosen to appear in
the WOW shows.