Without A Shadow Of Doubt

There was absolutely no doubt in the judges’ minds that this was a winning artwork when they saw the entry, ‘Me and My Shadow’ in the Waipu Museum’s 2018 Art ‘n Tartan Wearable Art Awards.

“I knew I wanted to include monarch butterflies in my design although I didn’t know how,” said designer Carole Hebberd.

Carole certainly found the best way, as her breathtaking ‘Me and My Shadow’ took the much coveted, Supreme Award. Her piece also came joint first in the ‘Scottish Surreal’ category and won the People’s Choice award.

Carole’s costume, modelled by the irrepressible Robert Spriggs, consisted of over five hundred hand-made transparent monarch butterflies, aluminium mesh, wire, florist tape, a host of other craft items and two working clocks. Carole, who has MS, said her costume symbolises her surreal experience with MS and the struggle of living with that chronic condition. She was inspired by the work of Russian surrealist artist, Vladamir Kush and her favourite dramas ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Braveheart’. Carole also won the ‘Crowning Glory’ category with her entry ‘Flora Bundance’.

Held in the Celtic Barn, tickets for the three shows sold out quickly and audiences were not disappointed. This year the show had a contemporary feel while still paying homage to the heritage and traditions of Waipu. A troupe of young dancers provided a backdrop for an array of magnificent costumes enhanced by creative props, lighting and music that included elements of Maori, Celtic and Asian cultures.

Other award winners included the beautiful ‘Kaitiaki’ by Robyn Coutts and ‘Perception’ by Leanne Kemp. Both entries embodied the theme of nature and the forests of Aotearoa. The stunning ‘Ravioli Rose’ by Alarnya Ashby also won an award and Sophie Denby and Leatitia McCracken’s ‘Octopoda Crossostrea’ won the ‘Frost and Flame’ category. 

Kids’ ‘Masks in Wonderland’ were again a big hit with a cavalcade of glow-in-the-dark creations featured as part of the ‘Illumination Creation’ category, and Maggie Wistrand’s highly original artwork created from hub caps and car parts won ‘Arcs and Sparks’. 

Plans for 2019 are already in the pipeline and although Production Manager Helen Frances has stepped down, she holds great hopes for the future. “I’m confident the show will go from strength to strength,” she says. “Our community contains a huge amount of creativity and commitment to what has now become an iconic event in the Waipu calendar and I have no doubt it will continue to grow.”

A full list of winners can be found on the Waipu Museum’s website and entries will be on display in the Celtic Barn later in the year.



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