NZ Life & Leisure - - Starting Over -

Suzie says she and the team are putting their all into the 30th- an­niver­sary show. “I’m so ex­cited to be col­lab­o­rat­ing with this group of in­spir­ing cre­atives.” First- time at­ten­dees are of­ten blown away by the scale and spec­ta­cle of WOW.

The show is di­vided into dif­fer­ent “worlds” (cat­e­gories) with some re­peated each year such as ‘Avant- garde’ and ‘Aotearoa’, some ev­ery sec­ond year (the pop­u­lar ‘ Bizarre Bra’) and one- off themes such as this year’s ‘ Un­der the Mi­cro­scope’ and ‘ Re­flec­tive Sur­faces’.

Main­freight, a long- term spon­sor, trans­ports entries from around the world for judg­ing by Suzie and two guest judges. “It has be­come harder and harder each year to judge the entries be­cause the qual­ity of the work just gets bet­ter.”

Wear­able art is a dif­fi­cult con­cept to ex­plain to the unini­ti­ated, says Suzie. For the first show in 1987, she re­al­ized that to help peo­ple un­der­stand the idea of three- di­men­sional art dis­played on the hu­man body, she needed some­thing to show peo­ple, so she cre­ated a mask from the pelvic bones of two dead cows and artist friend Sally Bur­ton cre­ated a piece made from gourds.

The New Zealand Wear­able Art Awards be­came the World of Wear­able Art ( WOW) in 2000, opened in the Na­tional WOW Mu­seum in Nel­son in 2001 and then moved to Welling­ton in 2005, due to size and fi­nan­cial rea­sons. “The show would have closed if it had stayed in Nel­son; it was be­com­ing too ex­pen­sive to make it here.”

The WOW 2018 30th An­niver­sary Show runs from 27 Sep to 14 Oct 2018 – tick­ets can be bought on­line at world­ofwear­

Beau­ti­ful light set­tles over Ruby Bay and Ma­pua, the haunt of artis­tic souls for many years. The boat in the gar­den is by sculp­tor Jeff Thom­son (a pre­vi­ous WOW award win­ner and judge). IN­SET: At the Na­tional WOW Mu­seum in Nel­son, work from the sci­ence-...

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