WoolOn 2021

WELCOME TO WoolOn 2021

Grab your tickets and get ready to enjoy WoolOn 2021.

Venue is The Canyon, 150 Bendigo Loop Road, off the main highway between Tarras and Cromwell. The access road to The Canyon, off Bendigo Loop Road, will be signposted - just follow the signs and we'll see you there.

For those who have purchased bus tickets, getting there will be part of your whole WoolOn experience. Relax and enjoy.

 

SHOW DATES 

WoolOn Designers' Reveal  – 7.00pm, Friday 13 August 2021  

WoolOn Gala Awards night – 7.00pm, Saturday 14 August 2021 - SOLD OUT

WoolOn Judges’ Insight and Expo – 10.00am - 3.00pm, Sunday 15 August 2021 at Central Stories and Alexandra Community House.

                                                  ENTRY BY DONATION

Tickets for Friday night still available from Eventfinda, Unichem pharmacy in Alexandra, Forage Information Centre in Cromwell, and Wanaka i-Site.

Bus information:

Buses leave the pick up points SHARP at the times shown.

Friday:

Alexandra - 6.00pm outside Alexandra Community House

Clyde - 6.15pm at the Clyde Bowling Club, Sunderland Street

Cromwell - 6.30pm Lode Lane bus stop

Wanaka - 6.00pm bus stop opposite the Wanaka i-Site

Saturday:

Alexandra - 6.00pm outside Alexandra Community House

Clyde - 6.15pm at the Clyde Bowling Club, Sunderland Street

Cromwell - 6.30pm Lode Lane bus stop

WOOLON WINNERS ON SHOW ON SUNDAY:

Supreme award winning garments on display, video highlights of the 2021 event, technique demonstrations and displays, wool producers and entrepreneurs. Entry is by donation and there is a small charge for workshops to cover costs. The Judges Insight session is free for designers.

Register for the following Sunday workshops:

Spinning - Navajo ply, tons of tips and tricks for spinners.

Felting with Angela Meecham - a rare chance to work with Angela and learn about felting as a wonderful technique.

Weaving with Jo Ryan and Elaine Wells - a fun introduction to weaving for our young people. Children under 8 years will need an adult helper.

Judges' Insight - Hear feedback from the judges on the 2021 entries, get insights into what makes a winning garment.

Register now by emailing hello@woolon.co.nz

DESIGNER CATEGORIES

STREETWEAR 

A versatile daytime outfit with strong directional modern looks. 

Casual and comfortable alone won’t be enough to impress in this category. Inspirational influences could include cross-cultural references or collaborations of evolving local and international themes. To create your own modern and edgy look consider mixing texture, proportion and colour in unexpected ways or consider the addition of light-hearted pieces, features of bold colours, graphics or even a touch of bling. This doesn’t rule out understated elegance in neutrals. If that is your preference then score high with sharp fashion forward styling and impeccable construction and fit. 

SPECIAL OCCASION

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A glamorous outfit suitable for formal occasions or special events.

Showcasing confidence and quality that takes presentation to higher levels of sophistication. Combine classic elements with a contemporary edge to fit the elegance and sophistication of a special occasion. Whether it’s for a special event, race day or a red carpet appearance, it will offer flattering silhouettes and an unwavering commitment to quality in both tailoring and use of high-end fabrics or yarn. 

AVANT GARDE

An item that delights in the unconventional and unexpected.

 

In the telling of a story, this outfit showcases creativity, innovation, and uniqueness. Not necessarily wearable in conventional situations, but an artwork on its own with maximum impact. A work of art that adorns the body and delights the crowd. 

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COLLECTIONS

Three complete cohesive looks with a common design theme. 

 

This open styled category provides the ultimate in creative freedom. Designers are encouraged to go it alone, combine with other designers to reduce the workload or combine with others to stimulate collaborative inspiration. Materials, colour or texture could link your collection together. Variations could be subtle or extreme however, the styling of the collection must be cohesive. You’ll be rewarded by having the entire collection modeled together on the catwalk, maximising the impact of your designs to the delight of the audience. The entry can comprise three men’s ensembles, three women’s ensembles or any combination of those. 

FELTED

Utilising techniques to highlight the uniqueness and versatility of felt. 

 

While the scope of the design is open, the quality of workmanship and creativity of the felt produced will be a strong focus. In felting, the entire process from raw wool to end product is paramount to ensure the intrinsic qualities of the wool, its texture and feel, are not sacrificed. The design of the item will further enhance the felted material’s weight, texture, colour or patterns, and show a sophisticated sense of styling. For this category, a minimum of 50% of the item must be felted. Other mediums or construction methods can make up the remainder of the item. For Nuno or lamination felted techniques, the emphasis is on creation of a new felted fabric. For this reason, the 75% calculation will be based on the composition of the new felted fabric. 

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HAND CRAFTED: KNITTED, HAND MACHINE KNITTED, CROCHETED, WOVEN, NEEDLEPOINT 

Forge new ground with innovative use of any of these handcrafted techniques. 

 

Join the resurgence in popularity for hand-crafts and challenge people’s preconceptions. Think fresh and modern. For this category, a minimum of 50% of the item must be handcrafted. Other mediums or construction methods can make up the remainder of the item. 

NOVICE 

Open to all designers who have not entered any previous fashion design competition, 

including WoolOn or any other textile competition. 

Items may be constructed using either hand or machined techniques, utilising any of the themes outlined in WoolOn’s other categories. 75% of the item must be constructed from wool materials. Judges will be looking for design flair and workmanship, at a level that is appropriate for a first time entrant. 

ACCESSORIES 

Designed and hand-crafted shoes, tights, jewellery, scarves, wraps, gloves or headwear. 

Items entered in this category will be assessed for both design flair and a demonstration of innovative means of challenging traditional perceptions. Please note: Designers are only to provide the accessory to be worn. Entries shown on the catwalk will be worn by models wearing all black. 

RE-USE, RECYCLE, RE-PURPOSE

Garments designed and created using re-cycled, re-purposed wool. 

 

Showcasing wool's long life and versatility as a fibre, items entered in this category will be made from wool that is being given a second life as a fashion garment. items may be constructed using either hand or machined techniques. 75% of the item must be constructed from wool materials.

Judges will be looking for innovative up-cycling with design flair.

EMERGING DESIGNER AWARD - Under 23

The best U23 entry across all categories. 

 

Designs should be highly directional and exhibit strong awareness of contemporary fashion. With a focus on fashion’s future, designers will be rewarded for experimentation and thoughtful re-imagining or subversion of the rules of fashion as we know it. In acknowledging that the industry requires emerging designers to have a broad range of skills, designers eligible for this award must design AND construct the garment without assistance from others. Designers MUST be aged under 23 years on the day of the Awards event. 

EMERGING DESIGNER AWARD - SCHOOL

Open to all Primary and Secondary students. 

 

Students must have designed their entry without assistance from others. 

They may have had assistance to construct the item. Students must provide concept boards showing progression from concept to finished item. Items may be constructed using either hand or machined techniques, utilising any of the themes outlined in WoolOn’s other categories. Entry requirements of the category entered must be met. Judges will be looking for design flair and workmanship, at a level that is appropriate for a student entrant. 

MATA-AU AWARD 

The entry that best reflects/showcases our culture and/or heritage chosen from across all categories. 

The designer may choose to draw inspiration from Māori culture, art, myths and legends as well as traditional 

handcraft techniques or symbols. 

TECHNIQUE AWARD 

The entry across all categories that is judged best use of technique.

 

All entries are eligible for this award. The judges will be assisted by technical advisors, and will be looking for technical excellence, with innovative use of a wool crafting technique or techniques.

SUPREME AWARD 

The best entry across all categories. 

All entries are eligible for this award. The winning entry will represent excellence in creativity and originality, use of mediums, construction and possess an overall Wow Factor!