Merino reigns supreme
Wanaka designer Heather Kerr has entered the WoolOn Creative Fashion Event hall of fame by winning this year’s supreme award for her felted creation ‘‘Chic in Merino’’.
After entering the Alexandra Blossom Festival closing event for the past four years, her painstaking efforts in fibre-rich art paid off on Saturday night.
She not only won the felted section and took the supreme award with her short, off-white nunofelted three-piece creation, but she also placed highly commended in the accessory section, which was won for a second year by Roxburgh designer Gillian Shaw.
Taradale designer Laurel Judd won the menswear section and Alexandra’s Daphne Randle won the knitwear category, and picked up a highly commended in streetwear and menswear.
Dunedin designer Simone Montgomery, also provided stiff competition with her avant garde winning entry, along with Becs Calder of Lauder with her special occasion entry and young designer section winner Kimberley Ramsey of Queenstown.
Kerr described herself as ‘‘a late starter’’, who had followed many career paths in life, first as a nurse, then a type-setter and with a hand-knitting business in Invercargill for 10 years. It was her love of merino wool that led to her passion for felting and dyeing, using natural plant-based products.
Always one to ‘‘push the boundaries of fabric art’’, in her acceptance speech she also urged new designers and WoolOn regulars to enter again next year, and that she was sure ‘‘I have a few more designs in me yet’’.
Edgy outfit: WoolOn’s supreme winner Heather Kerr’s garment ‘‘Chic in Merino’’.