Stu­dent cre­ates a win­ner

Otago Daily Times - - DUNEDIN - JOHN LEWIS

NOT con­vinced her hands­on skills would be used to their full po­ten­tial in an oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy ca­reer, Hope Dun­can started a grad­u­ate diploma in vis­ual arts (tex­tiles) this year.

And al­ready, the Otago Polytech­nic stu­dent has won a na­tional art award — the Rem­brandt Fash­ion and Tex­tile sec­tion of the 2018 ECC Stu­dent Craft and De­sign Awards.

Miss Dun­can said she was ‘‘thrilled’’ with the award.

‘‘Look­ing around at the top en­tries on the night, there were so many fan­tas­tic, labour­in­ten­sive and well thought­through works.

‘‘To be recog­nised among them was an hon­our; to win my sec­tion was a priv­i­lege.’’

She said for a stu­dent learn­ing the ropes, there was ‘‘huge val­i­da­tion’’ in re­ceiv­ing an award like this.

‘‘Often our works are not viewed out­side the class­room, so to have those in­volved with the in­dus­try giv­ing pos­i­tive feed­back . . . it lets you know that all the hours learn­ing and mak­ing were well spent.’’

Her en­try, en­ti­tled A Beau­ti­ful De­cep­tion, was a ‘‘textu­ ral re­sponse and con­ver­sa­tion’’ about the hid­den dam­ages of the use of syn­thet­ics in the tex­tiles in­dus­try.

In 2017, Miss Dun­can grad­u­ated with a bach­e­lor of oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy from Otago Polytech­nic’s School of Oc­cu­pa­tional Ther­apy.

‘‘How­ever, on grad­u­a­tion, I de­cided I wanted to spend some hands­on time cre­at­ing.

‘‘I felt my de­gree had sat­is­fied my de­sire for aca­demic chal­lenge, but I still had a deep de­sire to cre­ate.

‘‘So I en­rolled for the grad­u­ate diploma in vis­ual arts.’’

Miss Dun­can re­ceived $1000 in prize money as part of the award.

She planned to put some of it to­wards fur­ther learn­ing.

‘‘There is so much to learn and ex­plore within weav­ing and wool, and I know I am only just be­gin­ning.’’

PHOTO: HAYDEN PARSONS

Weav­ing her way to suc­cess . . . Otago Polytech­nic vis­ual arts (tex­tiles) stu­dent Hope Dun­can has won the Rem­brandt Fash­ion and Tex­tile sec­tion of the 2018 ECC Stu­dent Craft and De­sign Awards in Welling­ton.

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