Eventful Evento wows again
A large crowd was whisked away on a fantastical adventure at the Evento Wearable Arts Awards and for the first time in five years Feilding High School took out the top spot.
The awards held at Manfeild Park are Feilding High School's biggest fundraiser and in the 19th edition students from 10 schools competed in four categories.
Year 11 Feilding High School student Lisa Storrier won the supreme award for her entry called Eoz. Lisa also picked up first place in the Into the Galaxy category which entailed a glow-in-the-dark element, the student choice award and she was the recipient of the Westpac design scholarship for the research and design of her costume. She said she was shocked by the win.
"I wasn't expecting any of that and I was really not expecting to win the supreme."
Lisa's costume was made out of expanding foam, insulation tubing, EVA foam, duct tape, doweling and fabric and she said the inspiration came from the northern lights and microscopic bacteria.
Evento organiser Amanda Street said Lisa was a contestant who had a standout work ethic.
"She comes from a long line of wearable arts people and it is great to have the award come back to Feilding; we haven't won the supreme award in a while. To get the top two awards is great."
Fellow Feilding High School student Jodi Walker was runner-up for the supreme award and said she was very happy with her placing.
"This is my last year of high school and I have entered for the last five years, so this feels like a relief. It is great to have won a sewing machine, too, because, literally, mine just broke."
Judge and senior lecturer at UCOL in the School of Photography, Arts and Design, Kaye Davies, said the the standard of the entries was high.
"It was actually hard to choose between the top two, they were very close and the detail in both was just amazing. It is just so inspiring what the students do and it's just such a professional event."
Other students to pick up multiple awards were Sarah Hercock from Feilding High School, Pip Littlejohn from Freyburg High School, Olivia Baird from St Peter's College and Claire Johnson from Palmerston North Girls' High School.
All of the Evento Wearable Arts entries will be on display at the Feilding and District Art Centre.
More photos, page 5.