Wearable art hobby is a winner
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.