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Wanaka Wearable Creations


The Wanaka Wearable Creations Show has found a permanent home.  Two local women, Theresa Goodwin and Kate Paterson-Ross, came up with the idea for the show back in 2001 and it has been held regularly since then with the most recent show in 2012.

Over the years a wide variety of materials have been used in the various ‘creations’ including car tyres, mirrors, bottle tops, water balloons, condoms, bubble wrap, possum skins, safety pins, bandanas, paper mache, old bed springs, wheet grass and ice.  After each show most of the creations have either been put into storage, or in some cases thrown out. Now eight creations have gone on permanent display at the Warbirds and Wheels visitor attraction at Wanaka Airport. The Lion Foundation helped fund the exhibition.

The eight creations on display include a dress made from shotgun cartridges, two outfits made entirely of zips and a creation made from knives and scissors confiscated at Queenstown and Christchurch Airports in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US.

Warbirds and Wheels Manager Ed Taylor says they hope to update the exhibition with new ‘creations’ after each show.

The 2012 show was Theresa and Kate’s last as organisers. They have handed over the reigns to Sarah Shore and Anna Mackay who have already started organising the next show in 2014. 

The Wanaka Wearable Creations exhibits are housed in the Warbirds and Wheels art gallery. The gallery is also home to a collection of original art by some of New Zealand’s leading artists.

“It’s great to be able to showcase great local talent alongside some of New Zealand’s best artists,” says Ed.