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.

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