Fruit growing inspires winning entry
‘‘It was amazing to win the supreme award but to win the people's choice was a complete surprise.’’
An intricate and colourful garment based around fruit growing in the Teviot Valley won the votes of the crowd, as well as judges at a wearable art awards in a fruit cool store in Central Otago.
A sellout crowd of 350 packed into the T&G Pipfruit Coolstore in Ettrick on Saturday for the second Teviot Valley Wearable Tartan Art Awards.
Ettrick friends Gill Booth and Beryl Tomkin won their Canny Celtic Kiwi Creation category with their ‘‘glamour garment’’ - Teviot Glory, and took out the People’s Choice category and the Overall Supreme Award.
Tomkin said they were ‘‘deeply satisfied’’ taking out wins in three categories, but entering was more about giving pleasure to other people than winning the contest.
‘‘It was amazing to win the supreme award, but to win the people’s choice was a complete surprise because of the amount of other garments and the pleasure they gave the crowd. To have the audience appreciate what you have tried to do is quite something. You are not just out there to win. That’s not the attitude at all. It is the pleasure the other people are going to get from it.’’
The garment took about four months of physical work to make, however the pair started thinking about it after winning with a garment at the first wearable art awards two years ago, Tomkin said.
‘‘It was based around the fruitgrowing in the region and it evolved. We made a garment that reflected blossom time through to the harvest. Blossom was made from tartan ribbon and fabric, on a hessian fabric background, then we added leaves and flowers. The bottom was lattice work which we put artificial fruit and leaves on. It also had a headdress that represented the sun that we have here.
‘‘It was just representative of what makes this valley tick and what is important to this valley, which is fruitgrowing. It has been the valley’s history, economic and social side and it is still important to us.’’
Their model, Missy Vernon, helped give the pair the edge, Tomkin suspected.
‘‘She took on a different persona when she put that dress on. A lot of people said how beautiful she looked.
‘‘The idea was to make a glamour garment and she really carried it off well.’’
Gill Booth and Beryl Tomkin, of Ettrick, with their creation, Teviot Glory.