Pukekohe High School and Somerville Intermediate win big at Eye on Nature Wearable Arts
Updated: Jun 23
Pukekohe High School and Somerville Intermediate have scored the top prizes at the annual Eye on Nature Wearable Arts competition.
Auckland school students wowed the sold-out crowd at the Due Drop Events Centre on Thursday night with a breath-taking show of eco-friendly wearable art. The youngsters were challenged to design their garments around the theme; ‘Waste’.
Raquel Sheldon from Pukekohe High School won first place in the Secondary category with her entry, ‘Patched Angel’, captivating the judges with amazing craftsmanship and an undeniable ‘WOW’ factor.
Featuring patchwork made from GIB tape, white plastic from CD cases on the vest, shiny black weed mat for the wings and skirt, and leg warmers crafted from sleeves of an old jacket, the outfit also incorporates a recycled pleather coat from an op shop. Raquel made every stitch using leftover yarn from another dress to showcase the garment's sustainable and innovative design.
Sommerville Intermediate student, Cybele Stone, took first place in the Primary & Intermediate category with her entry, ‘Upcycled Bride’. Cybele incorporated upcycled clothing fabric and bread bags to symbolize the transformation and new beginnings associated with a bride. She said the design highlights the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling materials to create a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly future.
The judges were impressed with the beautiful silhouette achieved through an innovative use of materials, as well as Cybele’s craftsmanship and creative expression of the ‘Waste’ theme.
Hosted by the Beautification Trust, the annual competition invites primary and secondary school students from across Auckland to design and construct eco-friendly wearable art, vying for a prize pool of $3,500 for their schools.
This year's theme challenged students to creatively address the urgent issue of waste and its impact on the environment. Through their artistic creations, the students conveyed powerful statements about over-consumption, fast fashion and pollution.
"The fashion industry has a significant impact on the environment, and Eye on Nature Wearable Arts provides a creative platform for our young people to reimagine sustainable fashion,” said Sterling Ruwhiu, Community Programmes Manager of the Beautification Trust.
According to the UN Environment Programme, the equivalent of one rubbish truck of textiles is burned or landfilled every second. If nothing changes, by 2050 the fashion industry will use up a quarter of the world’s carbon budget.
“By transforming waste materials into stunning wearable art, these tamariki and rangatahi are inspiring us all think differently about fashion consumption and get innovative with waste,” said Ruwhiu.
Primary & Intermediate winners:
1st place, $1,000 prize sponsored by Waka Pacific: ‘Upcycled Bride’ designed and modelled by Cybele Stone, Somerville Intermediate
2nd place, $500 prize sponsored by Marshal Walia: ‘Trashing Waves’ designed and modelled by Keshia Lubbe, Somerville Intermediate
3rd place, $250 prize sponsored by Marshal Walia: ‘Denim Reborn’ designed and modelled by Zoe Mckenzie, Somerville Intermediate
Merit, $100 prize sponsored by Manurewa Community Recycling Centre: ‘Aroha ki a Papatūānuku’ modelled by Sienna Kelburn-Griggs, designed by Alexandra Stuart-Burton & Sienna Kelburn-Griggs, Glenbrook School
1st place, $1,000 prize sponsored by Waka Pacific: ‘Patched Angel’ designed and modelled by Raquel Sheldon, Pukekohe High School
2nd place, $500 prize sponsored by Barfoot & Thompson Manurewa: ‘Integrated’ modelled by Amelia Bellamy, designed by Harnain Dhaliwal & Amelia Bellamy, Howick College
3rd place, $250 prize sponsored by Marshal Walia: ‘Foiled Again’ modelled by Maia Reid, designed by Amelia Feldon, Ciara Yin and Maia Reid, Howick College
Merit, $100 prize sponsored by Manurewa Community Recycling Centre: ‘City Street’ modelled by Lily Ma, designed by Erin, Lily, Mia, Luca, Mineke, Charli, Ziane, Amelia & Alicia, Rangitoto College