Re­cy­cling rev­o­lu­tion­ary

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By SHEL­LEY GRECO

An­gela Carter is cre­at­ing a re­cy­cled rev­o­lu­tion for next month’s Cult Cou­ture fash­ion show.

The Water­view artist has cre­ated two gar­ments for the event which are both made from old plas­tic bags.

‘‘I am re­ally in­ter­ested in re­cy­cling and re­pur­pos­ing and see­ing more value in things, rather than just dis­pos­ing of things,’’ the artist says. ‘‘I guess it is part of my creative jour­ney, just try­ing dif­fer­ent things.’’

Cult Cou­ture show­cases orig­i­nal pieces by de­sign­ers across the coun­try, all hop­ing for a share of the $12,000 prize pool.

Now in its 12th year, the coun­cil-or­gan­ised event has at­tracted 180 en­tries.

Each gar­ment will be judged by a panel of in­dus­try ex­perts in­clud­ing New Zealand de­signer Adrian Hail­wood, fash­ion mu­seum cu­ra­tor Doris de Pont and fash­ion editor Dan Ahwa.

Mrs Carter, who gained a bach­e­lor of fine arts at White­cliffe Col­lege, has two de­signs in this year’s event un­der the Re­cy­cled Rev­o­lu­tion cat­e­gory, where all gar­ments must be made from rub­bish, cast-offs, re­cy­clables or pre-loved ma­te­rial.

Her Hy­dra de­sign is made of red plas­tic bags from The Ware­house, re­pur­posed sheets and tulle and the white Coralline en­try is made with Food­town bags, wo­ven into one con­tin­u­ous piece of ma­te­rial.

‘‘Coralline em­bod­ies my love of dress mak­ing, cel­e­brat­ing my whaka­papa, my moth­ers and grand­moth­ers and their cre­ativ­ity,’’ the dress­maker says.

‘‘It is this that has in­spired my own jour­ney into dress mak­ing, fash­ion and an ob­ses­sion with fab­u­lous tex­tiles.’’

The mother of two col­lected the bags in 2004, be­fore the in­tro­duc­tion of en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly bags. She has done var­i­ous ex­hi­bi­tions and sculp­tural and in­stal­la­tion projects but this is the first fash­ion event the artist has en­tered.

‘‘I am re­ally ex­cited to see them alive. I make art so that it can be seen or talked about.

‘‘A big part for me, of mak­ing art, is hav­ing other peo­ple see it and see­ing what their re­ac­tion is and what they think.’’

Mrs Carter’s hus­band, Rob, is also an artist and is in his first year of a masters de­gree at the Elam School of Fine Arts.

Photo: SUP­PLIED

Fin­ished ar­ti­cle: An­gela Carter mod­els one of her dresses made from re­cy­cled plas­tic bags.

Cult Cou­ture is on Novem­ber 2 from 8pm to 10.30pm at Ge­n­e­sis En­ergy The­atre, Voda­fone Events Cen­tre, 770 Great South Rd, Manukau. Tick­ets cost $25. See tick­et­mas­ter.co.nz or call 0800 224 224 to book. See mer­maid­spurse.org.nz for more in­for­ma­tion about the artist and her work.

Photo: SHEL­LEY GRECO

Sew what: An­gela Carter has cre­ated two gar­ments made from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als for the Cult Cou­ture fash­ion show.

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