Kerik­eri artists hav­ing another go

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Tucked away in their homes and stu­dios, a small group of Kerik­eri fi­bre artists have been beaver­ing away to cre­ate the el­e­ments of their en­try in this year’s Creative Fi­bre Run­way Group Chal­lenge.

They are all in­de­pen­dent mem­bers of Creative Fi­bre, but they are en­ter­ing the chal­lenge as Ra¯pare, a nod to the fact that they meet reg­u­larly on a Thurs­day. (Other lo­cal mem­bers meet with the Keri Krafters at the cafe´ at Red­woods from 10am on Wed­nes­days, with vis­i­tors as­sured of a warm wel­come.)

The theme for this year’s chal­lenge is ‘Gold’, this year being the 50th an­niver­sary of Creative Fi­bre.

Team leader Erin Tit­mus says the aim was to cre­ate an on-trend out­fit that pushed an artis­tic in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the theme.

“We’ve aimed for sim­plic­ity and el­e­gance,” she said.

The group com­prises Kerik­eri artists Erin, Glenys Mills and Annette Pye, with Faith Dono­van, from Waitakere, and Auck­land stylist and model Kristy Gill­banks. All part of a larger team that won the in­au­gu­ral chal­lenge in 2017, they have been meet­ing of­ten since April last year to make de­ci­sions on de­sign, yarns, tech­niques, con­struc­tion and time­lines, in or­der to meet the dead­line.

They sourced nat­u­ral fi­bres lo­cally and overseas, in­clud­ing cash­mere, merino and silk, and have dyed, wo­ven, knit­ted (by hand and ma­chine), felted and used sev­eral al­lied tech­niques to pro­duce a lay­ered out­fit.

The chal­lenge also re­quires a jour­nal record­ing the process of the mak­ing of the en­try.

“All this ac­tiv­ity has been un­der wraps, as there are 13 groups through­out New Zealand that have taken up the chal­lenge this year,” Erin said.

The big “re­veal” would take place through static dis­play and a run­way show at the bi­en­nial Creative Fi­bre Fes­ti­val in Palmer­ston North, start­ing to­day and ending on Sun­day.

“Ours is named ‘Prospect­ing’ to sig­nify the il­lu­sive na­ture of gold, and the group hopes to rep­re­sent our dis­trict well. Watch this space to see news of how it was re­ceived.”


Erin Tit­mus work­ing at her bob­bin lace pil­low.

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