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 worldofwearableart.com
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-...