Inspirational Fantasia enthralls at awards
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.