Sis­ters de­sign from a dis­tance

North Taranaki Midweek - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - KRIS BOULT

Two sis­ters are cre­at­ing a glow-inthe-dark dress for a fash­ion show later this month - but they live in dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try.

Cindy Wal­ter, who lives in New Ply­mouth, said the whole process of mak­ing the skirt, top, um­brella and tiara had been daunt­ing and was mostly done via Skype be­cause her sis­ter Alice lives in Taupo.

‘‘I like to be quite or­gan­ised but this has taken a lot of plan­ning,’’ Wal­ter said.

‘‘It’s been a re­ally nervewrack­ing process.’’

The pair are en­ter­ing their cre­ation in the glow sec­tion at the Taranaki Fash­ion Art Awards on Oc­to­ber 6 - 7.and have named their multi-coloured out­fit Glowhemian Rhap­sody, which not only high­lights the sis­ters’ skills in fash­ion but also their taste in mu­sic. We both like Queen so it seemed pretty fit­ting,’’ Cindy said.

Cindy, 32, is an avid knit­ter and has run an on­line dyed wool busi­ness since 2008.

‘‘I re­ally en­joy knit­ting as a craft, the pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less,’’ she said.

She said her in­ter­est in fash­ion and knit­ting was largely at­trib­uted to her mother. ’’Mum taught me to knit and al­ways had cup­boards full of stuff that we would make stuff out of from scratch.’’

‘‘I saw an ad­vert for the fash­ion awards on­line and had just dyed a fresh batch of UV wool and thought it was the per­fect chance to show­case that.’’

Sis­ter Alice, 30, who will travel over for the event is the seam­stress of the pair and stud­ied at UCOL for three years, earn­ing a de­gree in fash­ion de­sign.

‘‘Both of us like do­ing dress ups but us Waters girls don’t muck around when it comes to dress ups,’’ Cindy said.

She said while the cre­ation had taken a few twists and turns along the way as yet there hadn’t been any ma­jor fails.

It is the first time the sis­ters have en­tered the Taranaki Fash­ion Art Awards but Alice has had some ex­pe­ri­ence in fash­ion shows be­fore, en­ter­ing and plac­ing twice in Style Pasi­fika and in Cult Cou­ture.

As for what the fu­ture holds af­ter the show, Cindy wants to look into the art realm and the pos­si­bil­ity of cre­at­ing things with wool.


The Wal­ters sis­ters glow in the dark out­fit is a com­bi­na­tion of both their tal­ents

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