Art worn to compete
Extravaganza’s format changes this year
Weird and wonderful wearable art creators from Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago are being urged to take part in a contest in Southland.
The FibreOctave Wearable Art and Musical Extravaganza, held since 2011 by Inner Wheel, takes place in June and with this year’s format changing to a competition, organisers want some fresh designs.
Organiser Sandra D’Arcy said in the past high-quality entries had been received from the two areas.
‘‘They (artists from Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago) are very creative . . . We know they have the talent.’’
This year the winner of the event, which will be chosen from a panel of three judges, will take home tickets and flights for two to the World of Wearable Art Awards in Wellington next year.
There are three sections in the competition: Steam Punk – creations which incorporate the Victorian era, industrial technology and science fiction; Wearable Parts – creations incorporating or made entirely of truck/ car body or engine parts and an open section.
Entries that were fun, artistic and creative were the ones that stood out, D’Arcy said.
‘‘If you’ve got those three elements, you really can make the audience go ‘wow’,’’ she said.
Those wanting to take part needed to complete an entry form before April 13.
Only 500 people could watch the ‘‘hugely popular’’ event and tickets usually sold out within six weeks before it was held.
All funds raised go to St John.
Wowfactor: FibreOctave Wearable Art and Musical Extravaganza organiser Sandra D’Arcy wears a fish outfit created for the event by Gaye McElroy.