Art from trash and treasure

21:23, Dec 11 2013
Rimu School wearable art
Rimu School wearable art students, from left, Finn Stanley, Jack Conroy, Thomas Spain, Jayson Sherriff and Lydia Milne on stage at Kennington.

One man's trash may be another man's treasure, but the students at Rimu School showed it can also be a wearable work of art.

Rimu School held a wearable arts extravaganza last night showcasing creative ensembles made from newspaper, broken plates and other household items.

Principal Pania McVay-Stewart said the school's inquiry focus this term had been on technology and and the process of creating a recycled wearable arts outfit.

"The children have used a wide range of skills, creativity and problem solving to produce their own garment with a variety of recycled materials," she said. They put in a lot of time and effort into their outfits and had produced everything from a dress called "high tea", made from broken plates and used tea bags, to a robot using squashed aluminium cans and plastic piping.

Garments representing nature, space, X factor, super heroes, animals, Puff the magic dragon, avant garde and Christmas all walked the catwalk in front of a crowd of parents, friends and family.

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