A chance to get up close and personal with the designs entered in the 2016 Art’n’Tartan Wearable Art Awards show will take place this month in Waipu. The Art’nTartan contest, Northland’s answer to Wellington’s World of Wearable Art (WOW), is held each year in July. It was first conceived as the finale to Tartan Week, Waipu’s celebration of all things Scottish. The first show was held in 2010 to great acclaim and has gone from strength to strength. Entries now come in from as far afield as Roxburgh in the South Island.

Every year an enthusiastic band of volunteers work madly to organise the event. Meetings begin as soon as one show is complete and carry on regardless until the next show.

This year, forty models strutted their stuff on stage in Waipu’s Celtic Barn. The majority of these will be showcased at the forthcoming exhibition. The seven categories inspire a stunning range of designs. Artists explore many aspects of Scottish and Pacific culture from Maori legends, faeries and witches of Celtic myths to the host of day-to-day inventions created by Scottish engineers. Over the years, artists have produced an amazing range of designs, from a chicken costume made from chook food bags to a stunning piece of wearable art made from coathangers.

This year’s Supreme Winner was local man Richard Wilson and his ‘Tartan Flying Machine’. This awesome wearable aeroplane will take pride of place at the November exhibition along with Re-invent, Recyle, Re-use category winner ‘Cross her Knot’ by Penny Goodall and Louise Sims and Leanne Kemp’s stunning ‘Seasonal Goddess’, winner of the McNeedle and Thread special award.

The exhibition will be held in Waipu’s magnificent Celtic Barn from 10am to 3pm on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th of November.  Entry will be $5. There will also be a chance to chat to the designers and discover how their labour of love was created. And local videographer Peter Grant’s DVD of the show will be playing.

The two days will also see the launch of the 2017 Art’n’Tartan Wearable Art Awards and details and entry forms will be available.  |  November 12/13, 10am-3pm  |  $5 pp