Supreme win­ner’s sights set on WOW

South Waikato News - - Out & About - TA­MARA THORN

Bright lights, cam­eras flash­ing and long run­ways are what 54 peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enced dur­ing the Wear­able Arts fash­ion show in Toko­roa on Satur­day night.

The grand­stand and ta­bles were full at the Toko­roa Event Cen­tre where peo­ple from seven dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories put their work on dis­play.

Toko­roa In­ter­me­di­ate stu­dents Ash­lei Shaw, 12, and Briar Nichol, 12, won first place in their cat­e­gory Sto­ries of the Nurs­ery.

Their con­cept was to re­cre­ate the nurs­ery rhyme Lit­tle Bo Peep.

‘‘We were go­ing to use a real sheep,’’ Shaw said.

But they de­cided against it as they thought it would be too hard.

In­stead Shaw and Nichol used real sheep fleece to re­cre­ate a re­al­is­tic sheep mod­elled by Briar. ‘‘It was 7kg and hot,’’ she said. The girls said they made ev­ery­thing from scratch and to walk down the run­way was ‘‘Nerve wrack­ing’’ but they said they were ‘‘Happy and ex­cited’’ that they won.

Supreme Award win­ner of the night was Tau­ranga Girls Col­lege Stu­dent Zoe¨ Beck with her cre­ation My Imag­i­nary Friend.

Zoe’s cre­ation was in­spired by a child­hood imag­i­nary friend that she wanted to re­cre­ate to show peo­ple that she wasn’t as scary as she seemed.

‘‘I wasn't ex­pect­ing to win, there were so many great en­tries.’’ Zoe Beck

Zoe said that it took her the sum­mer hol­i­days un­til just be­fore the awards night to fin­ish her cre­ation.

‘‘There was a lot of trial and er­ror,’’ she said.

This was Zoe’s first time win­ning a Supreme Award but in the past has won other awards and she said it felt great win­ning.

‘‘I wasn’t ex­pect­ing to win, there were so many great en­tries.’’

Along with her cre­ation, Zoe also en­tered 15 items of cloth­ing that she de­signed and cre­ated her­self. Her cat­e­gories of cloth­ing con­sist of Pop Art, Eth­nic Group, Jersey pants, and Micky Mouse, all of which were cre­ated from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als or some­thing old made into some­thing new.

Zoe started de­sign­ing and mak­ing her cloth­ing in 2014 and wants to show these pieces plus others to the judges at the NZ Fash­ion week show.

Her ul­ti­mate goal is to show off her wear­able arts pieces at WOW (World of wear­able arts) or at an in­ter­na­tional stage.

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