Points of difference Pop-out cube dress wows judges
They had the farthest to travel and not even a dump of snow stopped Taihape Area School from attending the Evento Wearable Art Awards and taking out the supreme award and runner-up prize.
Months of hard work came to fruition on Saturday night, with secondary school students showing off their wonders at Feilding High School's Evento.
In its 18th year, the Evento Wearable Art Awards saw 11 schools compete in five categories.
With entertainment from Feilding High School's drama troupe, dancers, a jazz combo, orchestra and a display from Feilding Intermediate School, Evento was a visual and musical feast.
The supreme award winner, Millie Law, wowed the crowd at Manfeild Park Stadium with her entry titled Rubix Ronde. Millie was runner-up last year and won the overall prize two years ago; the year 10 student said she was overwhelmed.
"I feel amazing and I was kind of like ‘what?' when I heard my name. I was really surprised."
Millie's wearable art was a giant Rubik's cube-inspired creation with pop-out parts. "The judges said it was amazing how it worked. I can't really explain how I made it, I just figured it out with a model first."
The runner-up, Kelsey Eames, another year 10 student, was also from Taihape Area School. Her creation in the Amazon category, titled Charred Remains, portrayed the destruction being carried out in the Amazon rainforest.
Kelsey said it had been a long week with travelling back and forth to Taihape since Wednesday.
"It was really snowing when we were going home on Wednesday, they changed the rehearsal to get us out early, but it took us a long time."
Another Taihape student, Jonny Sage, bagged the most awards overall, winning three. He said he had learnt to sew in order to make his over-sized half rabbit, half rat creation.
Feilding High School had a good showing as well, with Georgia Rubery winning the Lore category, Lael Chisholm the Dr Seuss category, Ropata Vincent winning the performance award for the black and white category, Sally Eames a recycling award and Tessa Webb the most promising year 9 award.
Lael Chisholm also won the BNZ Design Scholarship for excellence in design research for her creation titled the Truffula Tree Keeper.
- A full list of all Evento award winners is at evento.org.nz.