Three Selwyn residents make finals for WOW Art Awards

FLAIR FOR FASHION: Prebbleton resident Kim Strange and husband, Paul, are looking forward to seeing their design (not pictured) on the world stage. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER

Doyleston designer Loretta Sloan and Prebbleton couple Kim and Paul Strange are finalists in the World of Wearable Art awards.

About 60,000 people are expected to attend WOW’s 30th season in Wellington from September 27 to October 14.

Mrs Strange, who is the driving force behind Art Couture NZ’s wearable arts competition, said their design was based on the sense of sight and incorporates recyclable materials.

She said her husband, who works in information technology, brought a practical aspect to their team, while she’s the creative influence.

“It’s been really good and it’s actually been really cool doing it together,” Mrs Strange said.

She said it took them about six months to put the design together, working in their spare time.

They were looking forward to travelling up to Wellington to see their design on the stage.

“We’ve already talked about more that we will do together,” Mrs Strange said.

Mrs Sloan is also happy to have her work displayed on a world stage.

She has been entering the competition since 2010 and says this year’s piece came from the heart and was a “tribute to a family member.”

Mrs Sloan said the design took a couple of months to put together, including testing and samples.

“The last month was manic, and two weeks prior to getting away, I was working around the clock to get it completed,” she said. Finalists have been selected from 17 countries, an increase from 13 last year.

New Zealand is the most represented country with 65 finalist designers. Twenty-four finalists will come from China and 15 from the United States. Other countries represented will include Poland, Greece, South Korea, Mexico and Russia.

The awards evening will be held on September 28.