Wellington is WOW

22 Oct Wellington is WOW

Now I know why it is called WOW!”

This is how one student described the senior Textiles trip to Wellington.  On Sunday 29th September, Mrs Singh and Ms Voss took 13 senior Textile Technology students to Wellington for the day to see the World of WearableArts show.

After landing in Wellington, the day started with a smorgasbord of New Zealand culture at Te Papa Museum.  This was an opportunity for everyone to expand on their knowledge of the cultural history of New Zealand, through both a Māori and Pakeha lens.

A short walk to the Underground Market then provided a brief shopping (and food) break.  Stunning textiles were on display here, giving the students an opportunity to see multiple types of New Zealand fashion that was all created by hand and sold directly by the creators themselves.

The afternoon saw us move on to the Arena for the highlight of the trip – the World of WearableArts show.  As soon as we entered the doors we were presented with a visual array of art, textiles, and the integration of both. An exhibition of past winners, stunning sculptures that were inspired by garments, and totally bizarre bras were all on display.  This was just the warm up however, as the live show was a stunning visual spectacular of inspiration and the execution of phenomenal ideas.  The experience truly blended the lines between textiles, fabrics, art, sciences, and dance.  We had the pleasure of watching the White, Aotearoa, Open, Mythology, Transform, and Avant-Garde sections.  Students had the opportunity to see how texture, form, and movement can all be integrated into a textile-based garment that became a piece of art.

The opportunity to show senior students where their skill and passion could lead them was inspiring. Hearing the chatter on the way back focused around the ideas and inspiration that the students have for their own future projects, both in school and after school, really reinforced the huge benefit that the trip had on the students.

by Anna Voss, Technology Faculty


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