Wear­able art hobby is a win­ner

Central Leader - - NEWS - By OLIVIA SHIVAS

A Mt Eden cou­ple has been se­lected for this year’s World of Wear­able Art Awards Show.

Di­nah and Mark Walker have en­tered the event ev­ery year since 2004 and have been fi­nal­ists ev­ery time.

‘‘We went re­ally crazy and did it twice this time,’’ Di­nah, who works as a nurse, says.

Mark, a ferry mas­ter, has a graphic arts back­ground and they both cre­ate works of wear­able art as a hobby.

It took the pair a solid three months to make the two en­tries in their spare time. ‘‘We were re­ally thrilled be­cause hav­ing had a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence in wear­able arts now, we know how high the stan­dard is,’’ Di­nah says.

They have been award win­ners five times in the past.

The show, which is in

its 27th year, is recog­nised around the world. Out of the 166 gar­ments se­lected to take part in the show half the en­tries are from over­seas de­sign­ers.

‘‘When we get down there

it’s won­der­ful to get with artists from all around the world. It’s just a plat­form for us . . . and if it wasn’t for [World of Wear­able Art] we wouldn’t have any­where to show our stuff,’’ Di­nah says.

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

‘‘When we see it come out be­ing mod­elled, we of­ten say to one another ‘What on earth has been go­ing on in our heads to cre­ate that? Where did that come from?’ But it sort of all of a sud­den takes on a life of its own,’’ Di­nah says. ‘‘That’s the fun of it, see­ing it come alive.’’

The show is in Welling­ton from Septem­ber 25 to Oc­to­ber 12.

Creative duo: Di­nah and Mark Walker in their work­shop. They have been tak­ing part in the World of Wear­able Art show for a decade.

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