RAW creativity captivates judge
Creative Garin College students showed you don’t need silk, leather and sequins to make fashionable outfits instead using a load of junk to create spectacular wearable art as part of the school’s Mahi Toi festival.
Te Wairoa o nga Mahi Toi means the ‘‘spirit of creation in the arts’’, and last week students at Garin attended a range of artistic workshops and activities including creative writing, cupcake decorating, digital animation, sculpting and flax weaving.
But one of the most spectacular activities was the RAW (Recyclable Art that is Wearable) competition, in which students created outfits from recycled material.
Thirty-three entries created by 69 students were paraded before the school and teacher Mandy Ditzel said the creativity of the entries was astounding.
‘‘The entries are getting better and better because every year we have someone who raises the bar and sets a higher standard,’’ she said.
colourful entries was Unwrapped, created by Karen Drysdale, Veronica Mitchell, Sjann Hungerford and Clare Sanders. The mermaid bikini top and dress with a long tail were made from 2894 gum wrappers which the girls had collected over the last few years.
‘‘I didn’t join the group until later but they started collecting the wrappers in year 9 and intended to make a dress out of them but never got around to it,’’ Karen said. ‘‘This year we finally did it and it was awesome to be part of something as creative as this.
‘‘Veronica and Clare came up with the mermaid concept because the wrappers are nice and shiny and look like scales. We had to fold the wrappers and join four of them together to make each scale, so it took hours and hours.’’
Karen said the gum-wrapper scales were so delicate that they needed to glue them individually onto a sheet to ‘‘stabilise the outfit’’.
Ashley Booth and Abigail Powick’s Bach Off, a dress made of old newspaper and sheet music, was eye-catching, while Chris Hills, Makaila Powick, Annelise van Zoelen and Kirsten McCashin’s Puzzled was made out of puzzle pieces and modelled stylishly by Chris.
Judge Sonya Leusink-Sladen said the competition was ‘‘very difficult to judge not just because of the standard of the entries but also because all the entries were so different’’.
‘‘It’s really great to see them finding ways to use recycled materials that are very creative and very interesting.’’
Sonya said she had selected a top eight and the winners would be announced on July 5.
Stunning: Garin College student Karen Drysdale and her friends Sjann Hungerford, left, and Clare Sanders prepare to model their entry in the RAW competition held as part of the Mahi Toi.