Wider scope, new strands for wool design event

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Creative designers are being encouraged to find fashion in fibre to showcase in next year’s WoolOn event, entries for which open on May 4.
The WoolOn Creative Fashion event was planned for August but has been rescheduled because of Covid-19 and will now take place at Highlands Motorsport Park on August 13 and 14 next year.

WoolOn Creative and Fashion Society Inc designer liaison Bev Muir said event organisers had made changes to its criteria: entries no longer had to have been created within 12 months of the event, and — for the first time
— the definition of wool fibre had been expanded to include alpaca, cashmere, angora goat and mohair, along with the traditional sheep fibre.

‘‘It takes a lot of time and effort for designers to create a garment and we wanted to acknowledge that, and give them the ability to still use work they may have already started.
‘‘As long as it has never featured on a catwalk somewhere or been entered in another competition it will be eligible for entry,’’ Mrs Muir said.

WoolOn aimed to showcase and develop wool design and artistry in New Zealand, encouraging both young and experienced designers and master-crafters to create imaginative fashion, she said.
The committee had also launched an online teaching and learning programme, which included interviews with designers and wool industry experts.
There were also worksheets on technical and creative skills.

WoolOn governance committee deputy chairwoman Mary Hinsen said all the online activities were free and there would be regular updates as each activity progressed.
‘‘Over the past few weeks we have been busy in our bubbles, planning and organising both the 2020 WoolOn activities and the 2021 event.
‘‘With Alert Level 3 in place, May is set to be an exciting month as we open designer entries for the 2021 event and launch the WoolOn Online programme for 2020.’’
– For details visit woolon.co.nz