Pairing wear with artistic flair
Dragon heads are scattered around the room as teenage girls work in their own time to put the finishing touches on original works of art.
This art is coming to life as part of the Palmerston North Girls’ High School wearable arts event Earthed.
About 250 year nine and 10 pupils are involved in the show – Girls’ High’s fifth wearable arts event.
Art teacher Jon Clarke said the pupils had spent five weeks working on their creations.
They watched the movie Journey to the Centre of the Earth, which acted as inspi- ration. From there, individual classes had undertaken specific projects.
One year nine class had to create a mask specifically about the centre of the earth, based on their interpretation of the film.
‘‘That’s the exciting part. We don’t want to tell them what to do,’’ Clarke said.
They all started off with the same masks and were free to create from there.
As an alternative to making masks, the year nine visual imaging pupils were building dragon lanterns.
These were constructed using fibreglass and tissue paper, with sticks attached to move the heads around.
‘‘It’s a lot of work, but it’s really motivating for the kids.
‘‘It’s a great example of thinking outside the square, exploring colour, texture,’’ Clarke said.
The school was bringing in outside lighting and audio experts to help take the show to the next level, a move that also helped motivate the pupils.
‘‘We’re making it a really big show and knowing they have to perform is great motivation.’’
This year there would also be UV lights and animation elements.
Year 9 pupil Alia Robinson, 13, said her mask creation had changed as she’s gone along.
It had originally started as a black hole, but then changed to a stick that had been around for 100 years.
She was looking forward to the performance as it gave students the opportunity to see what everyone else had been working on.
Breanna Stead, 13, created a bird mask.
‘‘At first it was quite hard, because I didn’t know how it would look with the head and the wings on it.’’
Tickets for Earthed are available through the Palmerston North Girls’ High School arts and accounts offices, or at the door.
The show is at the school’s Huia Centre at 5.30pm and 7.30pm on Thursday.
From left, Amber Lyon, Nicole Crawford and Katja Franzmayr trying on their wearable art creations.