Wearable art wows


A COLOURFUL array of wearable art walked the red carpet at the Able Mid-Winter Christmas celebration last week.

The celebration was held at Southland Community House, with the wearable arts competition taking centre stage.

The event was organised for Able Southern Family Support clients and their family members who use the three day activity centres in Southland – 2 On Q, Rata House and Welcome Inn.

Support worker Sandra Romero said 12 entries were made for the competition, with the garments created by using recycled or free items.

“It was just like a real coming together of professional staff, agencies, consumers, families… It enabled us to encourage each other to share and to celebrate sharing artistic creativity through wearable arts,” she said.

Romero organised the event with support from Rachael Roberts.

Able supports families/whanau who care for someone with a mental illness or addiction.

“[The celebration] was a way to promote Able being available and able to support people on their journey while they support their loved ones [who have a] mental illness, or drug or alcohol addiction, and also promote the services of day activity centres, and what they achieve.”

Able won the competition with an outfit created by the Wearable Arts Support Group, called We Ar Able. Romero said the garment was created by dying hessian strips with food colouring to reflect the colours of the Able logo. These were woven together and embellished with flowers and embroidery.

Other designs included Crazy Christmas Fun With Angels, created by Megan Menlove from Ruru School, and Lady Bag, which was about recycling and reducing waste in the landfills.

Romero said there was a lot of laughter during the day.

“The atmosphere was electric, people just loved it.”

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