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Tsunami inspires
wearable art winner



Entries are open for this year’s Art n Tartan wearable art awards and a former winner shows you can draw your inspiration from all sorts of places.

Waipu local Jeanette Wynyard won the ‘Warrior’ section of the Waipu Museum’s last Art N Tartan competition in 2012, with her ‘TsunaMcki Celtic Warrior’ piece.

She was inspired to create a samurai-style armour after seeing the tsunami hit Japan.

“When the Japanese went through that tsunami and witnessed all that devastation - my heart went out to them,” Ms Wynyard said.

“I wanted to give them a bit of encouragement and strength, and red means passion.”

The design took her seven to nine months and cost her around $150. The armour plates are made from spray-painted Fresha Valley milk bottles. Other materials include tartan (of which entrants are required to use in 30 percent of the wearable art piece), trinkets, braiding, and boots from an op-shop.

Ms Wynyard researched the Japanese samurai and utilised aspects of their armour in the headwear. “It’s all my own design,” she said.

She modelled it herself in the show and says in the rehearsals there were plans for her to jump out on stage. “I tripped over and damaged part of the knee of the armour, but surprisingly I wasn’t hurt - so the armour worked,” she laughed.

The Art N Tartan award night itself is a colourful and interesting event, she said.


“It’s awesome. I love seeing people’s creativity. It was also cool to see [in 2012] the older generation getting into it.”

Her favourite aspect would be “people’s imagination and how diverse [the creations are] - the whole ingenuity thing.”

“I like the whole idea of taking something that was just an idea, and turning into a reality.”

Entries to this year’s competition close on May 2, and entry forms are available from wwwwaipumuseum.com.

The non computer savvy can call Tracy Chapman on (09) 432-0896 or call in at the museum.

Once you have entered, the changes are for the preliminary judging, which has been moved to June 2, Queen’s Birthday Weekend, and for ticket sales dates, which have changed to June 3 for walk-in local sales. There is usually a long queue and they go quickly, so be prepared to be at the museum early. Tickets for the general public and Eventfinder Tickets will now go on sale Wednesday, June 4.

The new entry form on the website has the new dates and a printed version is available at the museum. All top prizes are in cash and, this year, there is a total cash prize pool of over $6500 to be won.

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