Junior designers make wearable creation
A legend of Mt Roy will be unveiled at the Wanaka Wearable Creations Show this week.
The story of Takiana has inspired a group of three and fouryear-old children from Oanaka Educare to make a costume for the event, with the help of their teacher Gemma Wilson.
Wilson said Takiana could be seen sleeping on the skyline above Wanaka and her position was described by Mt Coromandel, Roys Peak and Mt Alpha.
"I don’t think there are any story books about her. It is just an oral legend. I amdoing a diploma in Maori and my teacher talks about it,’’ Wilson explained.
Her young charges have helped collect and attach feathers on to the bodice of the outfit, symbolising the korowai (cloak) that protects Takiana while she sleeps. The children have also threaded strands of beads together to decorate the garment.
Recycled material has been cut into hundreds of strips, on which the children and their parents have written messages to each other, as well parts of Takiana’s story. These strips form the skirt.
Wilson said the project had taken hours to complete. It was the first time Oanaka Educare had entered the show.
‘‘Under white light I think this will look awesome,’’ she said.
Cameron Shore, 4, said the best thing was gluing on the feathers. The other children agreed.
Henry McKay thought Takiana would be beautiful.
His brother Forbes McKay, 3, agreed. ‘‘She’s a girl. Mum’s a girl too, but she’s a big one.’’ Sarah Shore and Anna McKay are directing this year’s show and say it is going to be one of the biggest.
‘‘In the past, there’s been one artist, one model.
‘‘But for some reason this year, there’s been one artist, five models or one artist, seven models,’’ McKay said.
The 2014 lineup features 22 artists from around the district.
Over half of this year’s designers are new to the show.
What: Wanaka Wearables Creation Show Where: Lake Wanaka Centre When: 8pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday (R16). Children’s Matinee (show highlights) Saturday 3-4pm. Creative kids: Rear, from left, Oanaka Educare teacherGemmaWilson, Anna McKay, Cameron Shore, 4, Sarah Shore. Front from left, Bonny Raynes, 4, Forbes McKay, 3, Reko Wheeler, 4, Henry McKay, 4, George Murray, 4, Nixon Young, 3.