Bubble bride stands out
A bridal gown made from bubble wrap won the day at a rest homes wearable arts competition in Upper Hutt last week.
Thirteen garments designed and made by staff and residents in seven Bupa homes around the region were modelled for the organisation’s third competition.
Ngaire Holden, as Bubble Bride, outshone the competition on the arm of Porirua’s Harbourview Rest Home and Hospital manager Shane Whaanga.
Fellow resident Joan Thorpe was her flower girl. Residents made paper flowers for both dresses.
Second placing went to Fergusson’s Shirley Mercer, as the Thrill of Spring. Third was Laura Jones, from Stokeswood, in Stokes Valley with a snowflake-themed dress which was made from paper serviettes.
Judges were the chief executive of Bupa New Zealand, Dwayne Crombie, the general manager of Bupa Care Services New Zealand, Grainne Moss, and actor Geraldine Brophy.
Participating Bupa homes were: Te Whanau and Gardenview (Levin), Winara ( Waikanae), Harbourview and Whitby (Porirua), Stokeswood (Stokes Valley) and Fergusson (Upper Hutt).
Wool spun: Whitby Rest Home and Hospital resident Mavis
Rawhiti models a garment made from the many stages of wool processing, from fleece to knitting and made by residents.
Bubble bride: Ngaire Holden’s dress is made from bubble wrap decorated with flowers of tissue. Her Prince Charming is Shane Whaanga, manager of Harbour View Rest Home and Hospital in Porirua. The flower girl, holding her train, is Joan Thorpe.