Wearable art and style meet on the catwalk

Mary Keith models the winning plastic bag creation of Jayne Fairley at the Vision and Style...
Mary Keith models the winning plastic bag creation of Jayne Fairley at the Vision and Style Wearable Arts Awards on Friday night. Photo by Glenn Conway.
Clutha's creativity came to the fore on Friday night as the results of thousands of hours of imaginative work took centre stage

The Balclutha War Memorial Hall was packed for the Vision and Style Wearable Arts Awards, held as part of the Clutha district's Week for Women run by Positively Clutha Women (PCW).

Nearly 50 entries in five sections were paraded in front of the capacity crowd.

PCW chairwoman Robyn Gardner said the efforts of those involved were "phenomenal" and showed how creative local people were.

She made special mention of the many schoolchildren involved who used their work as part of their school curriculum.

Mrs Gardner believed the wearable arts event could be staged as a separate function in the future and possibly held every two or three years.

Some competitors had spent hundreds of hours on their creations and some submitted multiple entries.

Results were. -

Rural Recycling: Winner: Mrs Peacock, by Michelle Kelly (milk filters and fertiliser bags); runner-up: Shark in the Car Park, by Chris Meder (scrap car parts and panels).

Under the Lights: Winner: Binkle Bonk, by Tasmin Jacobs and Mikayla Latta (created with feathers, paper and golf balls); runner-up: Angel in Disguise, by Bokyong Mun and Ireland Jacobs (recycled clothing with added dazzle).

From the Neck Up: Winner: Head Case, by Miriam Christie (a fabric and metal medley); runner-up: Grandmothers' Pearls, by Pauline Kavanagh (recycled velvet curtains and pearls).

Through the Letterbox: Winner: Mary Queen of Shops, by Sarah Blackburn and Gill Eyton (junk mail and stuff); runner-up: Super Male by Hayley Smith, Kaylee Peoples and Cameron Smith (showcasing rubbish from the work skip); highly commended: 1920s Mailbox, by Frances Forbes (junk mail and fabric creation).

Whatever You Fancy: Winner: Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmations, by Jayne Fairley (created from plastic bags); runner-up: Music Mayhem, by Sarah Andrew and Vicki Philip (CDs, posters and stickers to celebrate New Zealand Music Months); highly commended: You Are What You Eat, by Kristie Leonard (McDonalds containers).

Overall runner-up: Glove My Body, by Margaret Jackson (frost cloth and gloves).

Supreme winner: Technicolour Cream Coat, by Jenni Hasler-Jacobs (almost 2000 milk bottle tops, fish gut and ice-block sticks).


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