In­spi­ra­tional Fan­ta­sia en­thralls at awards

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

AMONG the back­drop of red lanterns Kelly Zhong-ni Ren won the supreme award at the New Zealand Body Art Awards held at the Bruce Ma­son Cen­tre on Satur­day.

Af­ter ear­lier pick­ing up the SPFX Fan­tasy award, spon­sored by Weta Work­shop, for her macabre Oni styled piece, news of the supreme award was over­whelm­ing.

Sixty-two con­tes­tants used the theme Fan­ta­sia Asia to cre­ate pieces of walk­ing art and lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists at­tempted to cap­ture this spirit.

In other cat­e­gories, Yolanda Bar­tram, who was crowned a world cham­pion in Aus­tria this year, picked up the the top award in Air Brushed, while Carmel McCormick, hotly tipped to win a triple crown af­ter her 2007 and 2008 suc­cesses, picked up the Hand Painted award.

Au­di­ence mem­ber Jude El­len­ton was also a win­ner in 2009, pick­ing up the Fan­ta­sia Asia best themed cos­tume – all for just turn­ing up to the awards.

Event di­rec­tor Mem Bourke says the event was a sell-out and those who missed out on the main show had the op­por­tu­nity to see the dress re­hearsal.

She says there was great feed­back from the au­di­ence. Peo­ple said they were gob­s­macked, and im­pressed by the artis­tic abil­ity. They all felt those who won re­ally de­served it.

Ms Bourke says there were en­trants from China, Thai­land and Aus­tralia.

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