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