Kapiti Observer : September 1st 2011
33 THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2011 To find out more about owning your brand new Generation Home please come and visit our Showhome... Cnr Te Nehu and Mazengarb Road, Paraparaumu Phone 04 293 5816 or call Alan Pye on 0275 181 909 2485033BF NEW GENERATION HOME FOR SALE 3 McGregor Place, Awatea Lakes, Paraparaumu $585,000 An entertainers dream, stunning 3 bedroom home with lake views. Sit back and relax on the large Kwila deck offering fabulous indoor/outdoor flow from spacious living areas. Galley style kitchen, master bedroom with WIR, tiled ensuite bathroom, generous shower alcove, French doors leading to deck. Gas heating and hot water. Landscaping is complete, all you have to do is unpack and enjoy this quality brand new Generation home. OPEN HOME Sun 11am -- 1pm WOW goes international but Kiwiana still stars A former Nelsonian, Tasha Black says the World of WearableArt show has come a long way from starting off in a tent in Nelson. Hand-crafted masterpiece: London based designer and saddler Mary Wing To won the Supreme Brancott Estate WOW Award with her creation Hylonome. Photo: FAIRFAX If New Zealand is in doubt about its identity, it only needs to turn to the World of WearableArt for reassur- ance. This year's fashion meets art extravaganza showcased every- thing that is quintessentially Kiwiana from sheep dogs, to gumboots and pavlova. In a take on life in 1950s New Zealand, as part of the Kiwi Icons section, a man -- wearing boots, stubbies and a black singlet -- wandered through the audience with a sheep dog and tramping pack. On stage he herded live sheep, saw to his chickens and joined women serving a pavlova. There were sausages on the barbie and men throwing gumboots and, in a nod to the people of Can- terbury, even Christchurch mayor Bob Parker turned up wearing his reassuring orange emergency jacket as the special guest at Friday's awards night. If kitsch Kiwiana makes you cringe, WOW, with its pool of tal- ented designers, dancers and directors managed to pull it off, and even make it look slick. The two-hour show, now in it's 23rd year, featured 160 entries, around a third of which were inter- national, including the Supreme Award-winner. London-based designer and sad- dler Mary Wing To's creation Hylonome impressed the judges with its 200 metres of leather lace and entirely hand-crafted leather horse head and body. WOW founder and judge Suzie Moncrieff said it was a phenomenal representation of the beautiful mythological female centaur. The garment is a labour in leather and of love, showing Mary's multiple skills as a fashion designer turned saddler.'' Alongside Kapiti designer Rita Schrieken's entry in the Under the Microscope Section, was A Night- mare Near By, by Siu Ping Wan from Britain, a garment covered in bed bugs. If that wasn't enough to make your skin crawl, other garments examined fungal growth, red blood cells and decay. The Man Unleashed section offered light relief with designers given the brief to re-invent or re- dress the groom. Men strutted around displaying garments with peacock feathers, upcycled'' denim jeans and pearls, while a gaggle of brides waited patiently in the centre of the stage. The male model who received the most cheers was in The Bare Essentials, by Dunedin's Grace Ockwell, a garment made up of just a few strategically placed leaves. The Royal New Zealand Ballet took to the stage, as did New Zea- land born opera singers Ben Makisi and Aviale Cole and singer John Rowles. The show, which started off in a tent in Nelson over two decades ago, has come a long way. Sea inspired: Jan Kerr's WOW entry Hermecea was inspired by her fascination with hermit crabs. Unique design clicks FROM Page 32 The surface on the jacket is machine-embroidered using many scraps of fabric. They are painted and then hand-sewn as spikes to mimic the textures and colours on the hard surfaces on the lobster's body, she said. Judge of the Weta Award and Kerr's new boss, Sir Richard Taylor, said the garment was a creature you would dream of finding in any rock pool''.
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