WoolOn broad­ens

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The fu­ture of a wool-in­spired Cen­tral Otago fash­ion event looks more promis­ing now the new so­ci­ety has gained char­i­ta­ble sta­tus, chair­per­son Tim Cado­gan says.

WoolOn, held as part of the Alexan­dra Blos­som Fes­ti­val for more than 10 years, was sep­a­rated from the fes­ti­val fol­low­ing a pub­lic meet­ing ear­lier this year.

Cado­gan said the meet­ing iden­ti­fied ‘‘a clear de­sire’’ to use the event to as­sist in the growth of ed­u­ca­tion in the ar­eas of de­sign and creation us­ing wool fi­bre.

‘‘This has been a fun­da­men­tal am­bi­tion for the new group and Char­i­ties Ser­vices have recog­nised the ed­u­ca­tion com­po­nent as war­rant­ing char­i­ta­ble sta­tus.’’

As well as host­ing the gala award evening, or­gan­is­ers would look at host­ing more in­ti­mate ed­u­ca­tion-based ses­sions, so peo­ple could learn or de­velop their skills in the use of wool in de­sign, he said.

‘‘With such a ho­mogenised world, we recog­nise a strong de­sire amongst peo­ple of all gen­er­a­tions to get back the skills and knowl­edge to be able to de­sign and-or make their own gar­ments. Part of our pur­pose is to em­power that to hap­pen, which in turn will lead to greater en­try num­bers into the event it­self.’’

WoolOn’s date had also changed, with a ‘‘first look’’ night on May 26, and gala event on Satur­day, May 27.

JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

De­signBASE direc­tor Tony Wil­liamson, of Alexan­dra, is a happy ten­ant.

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