Evento wear­able arts shines again

The Horowhenua Mail - - FRONT PAGE - CARLY THOMAS

In a 21st com­ing of age cel­e­bra­tion, the Evento Wear­able Arts Awards showed the au­di­ence just what is pos­si­ble when imag­i­na­tion is given a place to shine.

Af­ter an epic open­ing se­quence where Feild­ing High School pupils told the story of Oka­tia, the spirit who carved out the Manawatu Gorge, about 40 pupils from nine schools took to the stage.

The cat­e­gories for this year’s high school event at Man­feild, Feild­ing, were twenty one, Asian­in­spired, ev­ery­day su­per­hero and green.

The supreme win­ner of the night was Kait­lyn John­ston from Feild­ing High School for her green cat­e­gory en­try Arte Della Natura. Kait­lyn, a year 12 pupil, took out the ti­tle last year and said she was thrilled to win again.

‘‘I’m a bit calmer about win­ning this year. I didn’t cry. I amso glad I didn’t cry. I spent about a month mak­ing the in­side of the cape and then an­other month on ev­ery­thing else, so yeah, I did put a lot of ef­fort into it.’’

It was her hard work that caught the judges’ eyes and Jo Guy said it was a well thought out de­sign.

‘‘The amount of de­tail was amaz­ing. Ev­ery bit of it was de­tailed, the head dress, the bodice, all of the wool on the out­side of the cape. She had hand­stitched a lot of it, which is a lot of work. She did re­ally well.’’

Fel­low judge Mi­hiteru­arewa Ran­gi­taawa said it had the ‘‘wow that the au­di­ence waits for’’.

‘‘It is a beau­ti­ful piece of art­work, just stun­ning.’’

Kait­lyn also won the stu­dent choice award and her prize in­cluded a Bern­ina sewing ma­chine. Be­cause she also won one last year, ‘‘this one will be for my grandma’’, she said.

‘‘She loves to sew and she was jeal­ous of mine, so I joked with her that I would just win her an­other one and I did.’’

Waiopehu Col­lege stu­dents Charli Robin­son and Alexis Van Ha­gen won first place and the re­cy­cling award in the Asian- in­spired cat­e­gory, and the highly com­mended UCOL hair and makeup award for their en­try For­bid­den Love.

Jenny Gate­house, from Awat­apu Col­lege, won the West­pac de­sign schol­ar­ship of $1500 for her green cat­e­gory de­sign Viri­des­cent. Molly Ratana, from St Peter’s Col­lege, Palmer­ston North, picked up the year nine award and the re­cy­cling award for her Doll Hunter de­sign.

Tai­hape Area School’s Cheyanne Hur­inui won the per­for­mance award for the ev­ery­day su­per­hero cat­e­gory and Waiopehu Col­lege’s Miah Marsters-Sasa won the twenty one cat­e­gory with her mu­si­cal­lyin­spired de­signThe frag­mented Orches­tra.

PHOTO: MUR­RAY WIL­SON/STUFF

Levin school Waiopehu Col­lege stu­dents Charli Robin­son and Alexis Van Ha­gen took out three awards for their en­try For­bid­den Love.

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