Puriri moth inspires wearable art entry

16:00, Mar 31 2014
St Anne’s Catholic School wearable art 1
GETTING EXCITED: The new entrant class at St Anne’s Catholic School are looking forward to showing off their creativity at the Eye On Nature Wearable Forest Art Competition
St Anne’s Catholic School wearable art 1
CONCENTRATING: Sao Ilalio contributes to her class’ wearable art entry by weaving toetoe through the cloak to mimic the fluffy texture of a puriri moth.
St Anne’s Catholic School wearable art 1
LITTLE HELPERS: Students Troy Hola and Rozahnia Malaki help teacher aide Audrina Flavell decorate their wearable art entry.

A group of five-year-olds are painting, sticking and weaving their way towards their first wearable art competition.

The new entrants at St Anne's Catholic School in Manurewa are making a cloak for the 2014 Eye On Nature Wearable Forest Art Competition.

Entries must reflect nature and what could be found in the forest.

Teacher Chantelle Te Hira says the students chose New Zealand's largest moth, the puriri moth, to base their design on.

"They are all intrigued by the textures we have used and we have discussed how the puriri moth might feel and tried to incorporate these textures into the design," she says.

An old potato sack forms a furry base for the cloak and feathery native toetoe grass is woven across it, with recycled nets creating a camouflage-styled wing.

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The students coloured the sack using their handprints in brown and green paint.

Te Hira says her students are enjoying the process of creating the cloak.

"They are taking care to create a high quality art form and are very proud of what they have contributed."

She says creating the wearable art also helps students learn geometry, with shape and symmetry being some key ideas explored.

All wearable art entries will feature in a fashion parade on April 12 as part of the Eye On Nature family day.

The prize for first place is $1000.

Manukau Courier