Lianna aiming for second title win

As the Eye on Nature event approaches, it’s heads down for one Franklin student who is finishing her Wearable Art in time for Saturday’s competition.

Lianna Shaw from Pukekohe Christian School is entering the Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust’s Wearable Arts competition again this year, after taking out the title last year.

While last year was a great confidence booster for the 16 year old, she admits she’s also feeling the pressure.

“Pukekohe Christian School has won the Wearable Arts Competition twice in a row, so now it’s whether we can take it out again.”

Despite the pressure, Lianna enjoys the process, which is why she signed up to do it again.

“I like doing it, it’s enjoyable and it helps to get my creative juices flowing,” she says.

This year the theme is ‘From ground to table’. Costumes must be durable and made of organic, recycled or inorganic materials.

Lianna’s wearable art is a dress based on the ground beetle, which eats garden pests.

“I do a lot of research, then draw out a design. I change and develop it as I go.”

She says while the judges assess the physical wearable art, they also take into consideration the concept’s design. This is what helped her secure the win last year.

This year, she is proud of the effort she has put in to her design and the low impact on the environment it has.

“Usually I have stuff at home, or buy materials. This year everything is recycled except for the hot glue.”

Lianna’s wearable art will go up against more than 60 other entries from all over Auckland. It will be judged at the dress rehearsal before the runway night on Saturday 1 April.

“When you’re doing it, you don’t think about winning,” she says. “Ever since I was a kid I have enjoyed making stuff, so I’ve really enjoyed the process.”

Along with the Wearable Arts competition, the Eye on Nature environmental expo will be full of exciting activities for the whole family. Taking place at the Auckland Botanic Gardens from 11am on Saturday 1 April, you can blend a smoothie on the smoothie bike, try honey, and learn what to do with leftover food.

Lianna with several of the materials included in this year’s Wearable Arts costume