Coup for Titahi Bay designer
Designer Louise Stichbury says showing her wearable art in Pataka during Matariki is as good as it gets. The Titahi Bay resident’s fashion show will form part of Art Night, a collaborative event on Thursday involving Pataka and other galleries around the region.
Free buses will take people to celebrate Matariki, see contemporary art and experience live music, exhibitions and other events after dark in Wellington, the Hutt Valley, Porirua and Kapiti.
Stichbury has been in Titahi Bay two years and said her working space overlooked the ocean, which inspired her.
Her clothing includes use of merino, textures and vivid colours and she said rather than a catwalk at Pataka, models would move around the gallery.
‘‘I’m going to have the girls and guys all dolled up, and I’m sure the clothing will fit in with what Art Night is about,’’ she said. ‘‘It’s exciting for me to be involved in something like this, especially as there will be visitors from outside Porirua.’’
Along with Stichbury’s show, which kicks off at 6.45pm, the other events at Pataka on Thursday are the String Bean Puppet Show (4.30pm), a music performance by Graeme James (7pm), and artist talks including Ngataiharuru Taepa and Wi Taepa.
There will be Matariki-based activities for children.