Pupils Evento ready as cos­tumes pol­ished

The Horowhenua Mail - - WHAT’S ON - SAMKILMISTER

‘‘It gets them think­ing in a dif­fer­ent way.’’

The stage is set and so are the cos­tumes as hun­dreds of pupils around the re­gion put on the fin­ish­ing touches be­fore Evento kicks off.

The ec­cen­tric and un­pre­dictable wear­able art show cel­e­brates its 21st birth­day on Saturday and en­trants are us­ing their creative prow­ess to come up with some­thing na­ture-themed.

For Waiopehu Col­lege head of vis­ual arts An­drew Yates, it’s his eighth year tu­tor­ing stu­dents in the show.

His in­volve­ment first started at Tai­hape Area School be­fore ven­tur­ing to the Hor­rowhenua, and he no­ticed how the event had drawn an ‘‘in­cred­i­ble level’’ of ta­lent and in­ge­nu­ity from the re­gion’s young­sters.

‘‘You’re de­sign­ing some­thing in a three­d­i­men­sional for­mat that has to be work, but it’s more than just an out­fit - there’s a re­quire­ment to show it off. They’re mov­ing around in it,’’ Yates said.

‘‘It gets them think­ing in a dif­fer­ent way. There are all sorts of lim­i­ta­tions that have to be over­come to make it ap­pear as a mov­ing piece of art­work.’’

Cos­tumes took at least three months from re­search to creative de­vel­op­ment, he said.

Among those giv­ing up their free time and week­ends to add to the spec­ta­cle that is Evento are Re­becca Rod and Miah Marsters-Sasa.

This week­end will be Rod’s first Evento and she has drawn con­fi­dence from class­mate Marsters-Sasa, who en­joyed cat­e­gory suc­cess with a re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als cos­tume on de­but last year.

Rod’s three sis­ters will also be in the show, act­ing as mod­els, and will wear her work.

The cat­e­gories this year range from green, Asian-in­spired, ev­ery­day su­per­hero to 21, to cel­e­brate the show’s an­niver­sary.

Marsters-Sasa will turn out a 21-themed cos­tume and has in­te­grated frag­mented mu­si­cal in­stru­ments.

Rod is en­ter­ing in the green sec­tion. She has drawn in­spi­ra­tion from Bri­tish artist Alexan­der McQueen, who worked with tex­tures of leaves. Her cos­tume is ded­i­cated to de­vel­op­ing her own style from his work.

From hum­ble be­gin­nings in the high school hall, the show has grown in pop­u­lar­ity and is now held in the Manfeild Sta­dium in front of an au­di­ence of 2000 peo­ple.

The show started as a fundraiser for Feild­ing High School by the par­ent teach­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion. The wear­able arts con­cept was a way for pupils to turn their sewing skills into a per­for­mance.

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