Sparkling jack­ets pro­mote men­tal health cre­ativ­ity

Kapiti News - - Front Page - Ros­alie Wil­lis

It’s bright, it’s colour­ful and it sparkles.

Te Ara Korowai has won the cre­ative cat­e­gory of Pimp My Jacket, a com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­ised by MIX Well­be­ing Cen­tre in Lower Hutt for their bright and fun pimped-up jacket.

The com­pe­ti­tion, in its third year, at­tracted 96 en­tries this year, with 66 of those en­ter­ing the cre­ative cat­e­gory.

Pimp My Jacket is about bring­ing peo­ple to­gether through cre­ativ­ity and cel­e­brat­ing the value of cre­ativ­ity to sup­port men­tal well­be­ing.

It’s about rais­ing aware­ness of the cre­ative skills of those go­ing through tough times rather than fo­cus­ing on the neg­a­tive la­bels of­ten at­trib­uted to them.

Avalanche In­clu­sive Band from The Shed Project also rep­re­sented Ka¯ piti by per­form­ing and en­ter­tain­ing guests at the event.

“This year Pimp My Jacket just caught ev­ery­body’s at­ten­tion,” said Te Ara Korowai’s Shona McNeil.

“It got too big for The Dowse and was held at the Events Cen­tre in Lower Hutt.

“The whole thing was so good, all the jack­ets were fan­tas­tic.”

Te Ara Korowai’s jacket was a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort with over 40 mem­bers cre­at­ing a man­dala de­sign that was sown onto the jacket.

It will be dis­played to the pub­lic at Flux, the com­mu­nity space at the Welling­ton Mu­seum dur­ing Men­tal Health Aware­ness Week by cre­ative spa­ces as part of a joint ex­hi­bi­tion with Ka¯ piti’s The Shed Project, MIX and Vin­cent’s Art Work­shop.

Tak­ing place from Oc­to­ber 8-14 from 10-5pm, the jacket will be on dis­play with Te Ara Korowai’s Tree of Life along with more art­work by mem­bers of The Shed Project.


Shaun McNeil mod­el­ling Te Ara Korowai’s award win­ning jacket.

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