Wow, artist has made the fi­nals again

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By SARAH AR­GYLE

Beatrice Can­son lives and breathes art.

For the fifth con­sec­u­tive year the Devon­port res­i­dent is a fi­nal­ist in the World of Wear­able (WOW) Art Awards show – an an­nual event that show­cases works of art de­signed to be worn.

Can­son moved to New Zealand 10 years ago from France and says she first en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion be­cause she wanted to learn more about New Zealand cul­ture.

She loves a chal­lenge and is in­spired by the chance to blow peo­ple away and al­low them to dream.

‘‘The rea­son why I love WOW is be­cause it pushes you out of your com­fort zone.

‘‘You have to dream to es­cape.’’

The artist spent 21⁄ months of solid eight-hour days com­plet­ing her en­try for this year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘I work very hard and it gives you a feel­ing of recog­ni­tion when you get cho­sen as a fi­nal­ist,’’ she says.

But Can­son says she does not en­ter to win. She en­ters be­cause of the amaz­ing peo­ple she meets.

‘‘Any­thing else is sim­ply the ic­ing on the cake.

‘‘I al­ways want to in­crease the qual­ity of my work and fur­ther my­self. I feel priv­i­leged when I see my work on stage and feel ex­tremely blessed to be se­lected as a fi­nal­ist again this year.’’

The 27th World of Wear­able Art Awards sea­son will run from Septem­ber 25 to Oc­to­ber 12 in Welling­ton .

Join­ing WOW founder Suzie Mon­crieff on the judg­ing panel are New Zealand fashion de­signer Vicki Tay­lor and sculp­tor Jeff Thom­son, who fin­ished the first round of judg­ing in early July.

There will be two fur­ther judg­ing rounds in Septem­ber to de­cide the sec­tion win­ners and the over­all supreme win­ner.

Of the 166 gar­ments se­lected to take part in the WOW Awards show, half are from in­ter­na­tional de­sign­ers, from coun­tries in­clud­ing the United States, the Nether­lands, the United King­dom, In­dia, Den­mark, China, Tai­wan and Aus­tralia.

More than 50,000 peo­ple are ex­pected to at­tend.

Photo: SARAH AR­GYLE

Amaz­ing art: Beatrice Can­son has been named as an artist in the World of Wear­able Arts for the fifth time.

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