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September 27, 2013

The 2013 Brancott Estate World of Wearable Art awards: Kiwis take Supreme prizes

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Above The Exchange, by Christchurch sisters Tatyanna Meharry and Natasha Meharry, which took home the Supreme Award in the 25th Brancott Estate World of Wearable Art (WOW) awards’ show tonight.

In a departure from recent years, Kiwis stole the show at the 25th Brancott Estate World of Wearable Art (WOW) awards’ show, bringing in the three most prestigious awards. The Brancott Estate Supreme WOW Award Winner went to two sisters from Christchurch, Tatyanna and Natasha Meharry. They created a two-garment entry called The Exchange, which emulates a living modern Treaty of Waitangi. The garments, which also won the New Zealand South Pacific section, are constructed out of coins and ceramic feathers. This represents the idea of cultural consumption and the interchanging of gifts and promises. This design is truly a work of art invoking a strong emotional response from the audience, due to its beauty through exquisite craftsmanship as well as its cultural identity. It is a true and pure representation of New Zealand and here at Lucire, we are excited and proud New Zealand has gained such honour in the show this year.
   Peter Wakeman from Motueka took out the runner-up Supreme Award Winner prize. His garment, Chica under Glass, also won its category, the prestigious Avant Garde section. The garment consists of a Barbie pink, shiny, structured dress which amazingly is made from fibreglass and plywood. This garment crosses the boundaries between sculpture and garment, as it emulates a poofy dress, but it contrasts to the initial idea by being completely stiff and static. His garment effortlessly represents the Avant Garde section, having created a piece of art based on fashion rather than creating a piece of fashion itself. Mr Wakeman seamlessly bridges the fashion to art boundary.
   Dame Suzie Moncrieff, the founder of WOW, was joined by Christine Hellyar and Margi Robertson on the judging panel. Dame Suzie stated all decisions were unanimous and they were extremely impressed with the calibre of every garment and model on the stage. She stated, ‘It is inspiring to create a show worthy of exhibiting such incredible works of art.’—Anna Deans




World of Wearable Art

Top The Exchange, by Christchurch sisters Tatyanna Meharry and Natasha Meharry. Centre row and above Second-place winning entry, Chica under Glass, by Peter Wakeman of Motueka.

Brancott Estate Supreme WOW Award
Winner: The Exchange by Tatyanna Meharry and Natasha Meharry, New Zealand.
Runner-up: Chica under Glass by Peter Wakeman, New Zealand.

American Express Open Section
First: Mantilla by Fenella Fenton and Jeff Thompson, New Zealand.
Second: Sisters of Acropolis by Tracy Koole, New Zealand.
Third: Hay Daysie by Kate MacKenzie and Deidre Morgan, New Zealand.
Honourable Mention: Nostalgic Opium by Lau Siu San and Ka Wai Lam, Hong Kong.

Avant Garde Section
First: Chica Under Glass by Peter Wakeman, New Zealand.
Second: Funeral by Hiu Ming Yuen, Hong Kong.
Third: Crazy Hair by Wei Ting Kao, Taiwan.
Honourable Mention: She Only Sees wth Mirrors by Rodney Leong, New Zealand.
Honourable Mention: Kiitos by Chi Kin Lai, Hong Kong.

Children’s Section: Reinterpret the Tutu
First: Tui Tin Tutu by Helen Fuller, United States.
Second: Tweety Pie by Paula Rowan, New Zealand.
Third: Ballet Chevaux by Amy Beales, New Zealand.
Honourable Mention: Choo Choo Tutu by Ross Hardie and Rachel Hardie, New Zealand.

Air New Zealand South Pacific Section
First: The Exchange by Tatyanna Meharry and Natasha Meharry, New Zealand.
Second: Hakaturi by Svenja XX, Australia.
Third: Turangawaewae by Anna von Hartitzsch, New Zealand.
Honourable Mention: Venus Anadyomene by Kirsten Fletcher, United Kingdom.
Honourable Mention: Reversely Twisted by Hong-yu Chen, Taiwan.

Weta Workshop Costume and Film Section: The Crazy Curiosities of the Creature Carnival
First: Inkling by Gillian Saunders, New Zealand.
Second: Unnamed Soldier 627 by J. Scout Isensee and Verity Pitt, United Kingdom.
Third: Pan Animalia by Michelle Yeager, United States.
Honourable Mention: Lunanoia by Jane Ewers, New Zealand.
Honourable Mention: The Caught Jester by Wendy Burton, New Zealand.

Gen-I Creative Excellence Section: Art Forms in Nature
First: 25th Jubilee Guest by Margarete Palz, Germany.
Second: Born to Die by XiaoTong Guo, China.
Third: Shield by Marjolein Dallinga, Canada.
Honourable Mention: Jellyfish, Coral, Sea Anemone by Iun-chi Liu, Taiwan.
Honourable Mention: Hybrid by Erica Gray, Australia.

WOW Classic Car Museum Man Unleashed Section: Psychedelic Revival
First: Astrodelic Psychonaut by Erna van der Wat and Karl van der Wat, New Zealand.
Second: Psychedoublelic by Jo Drysdall and Sebastian Denize, New Zealand.
Third: Bobby Dazzler by Dinah Walker, Mark Walker, New Zealand.
Honourable Mention: Angels Trippy Trumpet by Fifi Colston, New Zealand.
Honourable Mention: Mandala Man by Susan Holmes, New Zealand.

Shell Sustainability Award
Winner: Queen Qwerty by Vicky Robertson, New Zealand.
Runner-up: Return grom the Dead by Christopher Davis, New Zealand.

WOW Factor Award
Winner: Lunanoia by Jane Ewers, New Zealand.
Runner-up: Reflective Ray by Zhang Qing, China.

Shell Student Innovation Award
Winner: Sided Eve by Yang Shang, China.
Runner-up: Silver Illusion by Yuru Ma, China.

Booker–Spalding First-Time Entrant Award
Winner: Unnamed Soldier 627 by J. Scout Isensee and Verity Pitt, United Kingdom.
Runner-up: E. T. Buddha by Tushar Koche, India.

New Zealand Design Award
Winner: Samurai Silent Dragon by Dylan Mulder, New Zealand.

Wellington International Award
Winner: Funeral by Hiu Ming Yuen, Hong Kong.

Wellington International Award: UK/Europe Design Award
Winner: Slave of War by Hana Amer, United Kingdom.

Wellington International Award: America’s Design Award
Winner: Gokstad Alien Queen by Lynn Christiansen, United States.

Wellington International Award: Asia Design Award
Winner: Funeral by Hiu Ming Yuen, Hong Kong.

Wellington International Award: Australia and South Pacific Design Award
Winner: Hakuturi by Svenja XX, Australia.

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