With the Olympic Games in full swing in London, Wainuiomata designer Jaymie Earl, reckons a quote from the World of WearableArt organisers rings true.
"It said 'WOW is to designers what the Olympics is to athletes' and I think that's true."
Jaymie's entry in the South Pacific Section, Tipsy Tui, has certainly required an impressive amount of dedication and commitment.
The felted skirt and top is constructed from more than 1000 hand-made components.
"I was working on it for 18 months. Lots of the weeks I did up to 40 hours, it took over my life for a long time. Sometimes I just had to stop as my hands were so sore."
Having made it into the finals though makes the many hours of work worthwhile.
It's the third time the Wainuiomata hairdresser has entered the contest, and the second time she's made the finals.
The first, in 2010, was in the Bizarre Bra section with a woolly effort called Bra Bra White Sheep. Living on a 10-acre block provided the inspiration, she said.
"I look out the window and sheep is what I see. I called these two Ros and Rhona after my girlfriends."
Inspiration for this year's entry came from her regular bush walks.
"That's why I chose to enter the South Pacific section because it's all about our forest and birds."
Fellow finalist, Petone student Georgia Whelan, 20, was influenced by the Mexican Day of the Dead Festival.
"This is my first entry and I chose the Bizarre Bra section because that has always been my favourite part of the show."
The Massey University Design and Business student said she is particularly fond of the bright colours and beautiful flowers that are integral to the celebrations - along with the vivid sugar skulls.
"I made the garment out of sequins, beads, hand-made fabric flowers and papier mache masks that I used as the base of the bra."
Also making a return to WOW is Sacred Heart College science teacher Alison MacKay. Last year her costume was an entire high tea on a hooped dress, complete with tea cosies, teapots, cakes and edibles.
This time her garment is called Is it Socks?. It's a finalist in the children's section and is also eligible for an environment award.
Another Hutt designer, Kristen Perica from Waterloo, is also a finalist in the Bizarre Bra section with her entry, Flamenco Rosus. .
- Hutt News
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