If the hospitality, real estate and cultural buzz coming from the capital for the past few months are anything to go by, 2017 might just be Wellington’s year in the spotlight.
Here is some of the emerging talent from Massey University of Wellington currently turning heads in our fair capital:
Talia Betham, fashion design student: Her much-lauded fashion line (titled Broke) is made from recycled woollen blankets and metal bits. The street-savvy pieces use domestic items to make a strong statement about poverty in New Zealand. Broke took out the Supreme Award, People’s Choice Award and Rembrandt Textile Award at the latest ECC Dowse Student Craft/Design Awards.
Amy Sio-Atoa, textile designer: Her piece, Arcadia, is a colourful, intricate and enticing piece, created using several techniques including hand-painting, textured paper collage, embroidery, photography and other digital processes and was influenced by historic French wall coverings, tropical prints in popular culture and the paintings of Henri Rousseau and Paul Gaugin. With some resonance to Edward Said’s Orientalism, this textile explores Western myths of the tropics as an idealised paradise.
Spatial Design department: From the design of luxury, floating baches that can motor to other parts of our coast (by Carla Molyneaux) through to mountain shelters seeking to reconnect trampers to stunning views (by Katerina French Armstrong), the Spatial Design department seems to be churning out a troupe of multi-talented youngsters.