An exhibition that includes a fashion show begins next week at Ōrewa’s Estuary Arts Centre. Wear your Art Out combines an exhibition and workshops with two fashion shows at HBC Youth Centre.
The catwalk shows will be hosted by drag queens and the audience is invited to ‘wear their art out’ and come dressed to the nines.
Centre manager Kim Boyd says the focus is on “artful fashion and makeup”, and many local creative people are involved.
Featured will be hats made by milliner Sonya Young of Red Beach, photos of artistic tattoos by Ship Shape Tattoo of Dairy Flat and creative kimonos. Upcycled fashion, wearable art pieces, felted handbags and masks will also be on display.
Workshops will include jewellery/design by Beatrice Carlson, who has been a finalist at many World of Wearable Art shows, kimono making from recycled fabric by Val Cuthbert and textile screen printing with Ingrid Anderson.
Local performers will take the stage at the fashion show, along with a team from React Studio Circus and Performance group. Wearable art categories include black and white, and circus.
Wear your Art Out exhibition, July 6-August 7. Fashion Shows: Saturday, August 6, 2pm and 6pm
Marie Antoinette meets climate change: Interests in wearable art, historical fashion, Marie Antoinette and climate change all came together for Gulf Harbour teenager Kaylin Grobbelaar when she heard about Estuary Arts’ Wear your Art Out show. The Year 12 Whangaparāoa College student says she has always wanted to make a wearable art piece and jumped at this local opportunity. Her collection of empty pinwheels were ideal for a lacy effect, and Easter egg wrappers, plastic bread tags, cellophane, bubble wrap and recycled ribbon also feature on the skirt of her piece. The hoop of the skirt is made from plastic garden pipe and the fabric is pillowcases and tablecloths found in op shops. She says with climate change in mind, when she takes the garment apart, she will recycle or reuse as much of it as possible.