Two from two for Kerik­eri

The Northland Age - - Local News -

The Kerik­eri-led team that won the Creative Fi­bre Fes­ti­val’s in­au­gu­ral Group Run­way Chal­lenge worked hard to repeat that suc­cess in Palmer­ston North last week­end, and tri­umphed once again.

“The stan­dard of en­tries was very high, so we were de­lighted to be successful,” team leader Erin Tit­mus said.

All five mem­bers of the group were part of the larger team that won the in­au­gu­ral event in 2017.

“We hid the gold theme in­flu­ences so it was al­most like a trea­sure hunt for the viewer,” Erin said.

“The style cho­sen was a ’50s look, the num­ber as­so­ci­ated with golden an­niver­saries.”

The princess line jacket was made with hand-dyed fine merino, New Zealand’s Golden Fleece, which was knit­ted and felted, the hand-wo­ven halflining worked in un­du­lat­ing twill to mimic the rip­ples of a gold rush rivers. Gold chains could be found if the viewer searched for them, the weav­ing grow­ing darker towards the cen­tre, just as a river deep­ens in the mid­dle.

The team chose pur­ple, the colour of re­gal robes and vest­ments, of­ten adorned with gold­work em­broi­dery and cyan, as a nod to the use of cyanide in the ex­trac­tion of gold in the Karanga­hake Gorge. It also evoked the colour of the sea at 90 Mile Beach on the golden days of end­less North­land sum­mers.

The full-gath­ered swished and swirled skirt

like cur­rents and rip­tides, while the cross­over bodice had gath­ers on one side and the belt was adorned with more hand-wo­ven rip­ples and beaded ‘peb­bles.’

“The ’50s were the golden age of rock and roll, when lip­stick han­kies were the norm and a stylish clutch purse added a touch of el­e­gance to any out­fit,” Erin added.

“The ma­genta-coloured hanky has a fine cro­chet edg­ing and the purse is hand-wo­ven us­ing hand­dyed silk. Peb­ble-like bead­ing on the clo­sure hid tiny gold beads, and there was a gold coin or two in­side.

Glenys Mills, the team’s de­signer, also had ex­cep­tional suc­cess with her in­di­vid­ual en­tries, win­ning two awards, the mo­hair award with a fine lacy shawl, Roses in the Mist,’ and the Black and Coloured Sheep Breed­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion Award with a Viking-in­spired shawl, ‘Up Helly Aa,’ named af­ter a Shet­land fes­ti­val.

She also won the Sen­tosa Silk Award for the out­stand­ing silk rich gar­ment, a hand-wo­ven silk camisole un­der a fine lacy hand­knit­ted jacket, which went on to win the ma­jor Creative Fi­bre Award in the fash­ion pa­rade.


Kristy Gill­banks mod­el­ling the Prospect­ing dress.

Kerik­eri’s static dis­play, Prospect­ing, which won the Group Run­way Chal­lenge at last week’s Creative Fi­bre Fes­ti­val.

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