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Kaikoura Star - 2018-06-20

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Trash hits

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EMMA DANGERFIELD

This year’s Trash Fashion Supreme Award has been taken out by Kaiko¯ura craftswoman extraordinaire Linda Bennett with her creation made almost entirely from greaseproof paper. But her winning costume, Train Cranes, had far more significance than just using up surplus paper from the train which was stranded after Kaiko¯ura’s 7.8 earthquake. Her daughter-in-law Reimi modelled the winning costume and earned herself the title of runner-up model of the night. Reimi was in Fukushima during the earthquake, her father was an engineer there. She had been collecting for the Christchurch earthquake in Japan when the Fukushima quake struck, Bennett said. ‘‘It was very personal, very deep for me. It is very important for me as part of a multicultural family to show we are a global village, we are all in this together.’’ The dress represented the importance of retaining hope during hardship, she said. This wasn’t her only costume of the evening though, Bennett actually created four for this year’s show, including one made almost entirely of bread tags, 2100 of them in fact. ‘‘I found this bag of them at Innovative Waste Kaiko¯ura (IWK) about 18 months ago. Someone had obviously been trying to mark them with the date but it hadn’t worked properly so they got thrown away. ‘‘They were pretty manky, but I was determined they were not going to end up in the ecosystem.’’ The bread tags were eventually put to good use being hand-stitched together to form the Mary Quant-esque dress and hat for the spots and stripes category, to earn her a category first prize. Since the categories were announced five months ago Bennett said she had been working on her entries every day. Bennett’s Train Cranes entry was her second Supreme Award. She took out the accolade four years ago with her 2014 Bird’s Eye View creation in the Colour, Seaward — Where Blue Meets Green category. Show convenors Rita Calvert and Phillippa Holstein said it had been another huge success. Fifty entries were received and all were of a very high standard, with some new skills learned, particularly in the kids’ category, including welding. ‘‘We know a huge amount of effort goes in to the costumes and we sincerely appreciate all the work that’s put in to make the show a success, from the designers and models to the parents and volunteers. A special thanks also to our amazing judges for the night.’’ The proceeds of this year’s Trash Fashion Show will be donated to St John to go towards their new building which will be located at the hospital.

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