Artist Helen Sherrock spent several weeks working on a creation for a Wearable Arts Competition held in Waikato recently. She competed against 32 other costumes which included individuals, groups and schools. Helen won 1st place in the Open Category and also won the major prize, 1st place overall.
Her son was her model and Helen's piece was made from re-cycled photography equipment including the light proof inners of photographic bags. The walking cane was empty film canisters joined together. She also recycled a ladies dress, curtains, tights, cowboy hat, scarf,and a few other small items to complete it.
Helen says "Creating this garment and entering the event was heaps of fun and definitely worth the effort. In fact this is probably my biggest achievement to date"
Helen has since been invited to our local art exhibition opening as they wanted her son in the outfit to be on show as living art. She has also been asked by 4 locals businesses/clubs to display the piece at their venues. This will be displayed in their local chemist from Tuesday onwards, as they kindly donated a lot of the materials to complete my outfit.