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