While my husband and I were travelling through New Zealand in 2012 we happened upon this world where the lines of fashion and art blur and merge as one… the WOW museum which stands for the World of Wearable Art.
For a peek into this imaginative cirque du solheil of choreographed human art, please go to www.worldofwearableart.com
The museum provides visitors with the opportunity to view the permanent collection of past winners of the awards show (held in Wellington in September each year and celebrating 30 years in 2018) in a unique setting. We were not allowed to photograph the garment displays but there was a travelling show in Christchurch where we were able to take a few photos.
|Wed. 28th March, 2018
||Step 1 (intention to enter) closes
Step 2 entries close for ALL international entrants
|Sun 9 Sept
||Second Judging (provisional)
|Mon 24 Sept
|Fri 28 Sept
||2018 Awards announced
|Sat 29 Sept
||Entries open for 2019 WOW Competition
Unless you are particularly motivated to show your own creative talents, you might possibly have to wait till this September to come up with a proper theatrical spectacle worthy of consideration as you only have till the end of March for entry to 2018 Awards show. A kaleidoscope of dance, colour, movement, art and drama, the WOW awards show in Wellington ‘takes art off the wall and onto the moving body’.
If you are planning a trip to New Zealand and can attend the show in September in Wellington or going to Nelson anytime of the year, you have to stop in to see the WOW. An added bonus is the world-class Classic Car Gallery in an adjacent building. Over 50 cars and motorbikes on display. My favourite was the Excalibur parked out front though the 1937 Cord was none too shabby.
What constitutes “The Perfect Day”.
For me, it is sleeping in late without waking to an alarm clock or being interrupted by the telephone or doorbell ringing – stretching and easing myself out of bed. Having a breakfast of hot cocoa spiked with a little Bailey’s to give it that creaminess and topped with whipped cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon accompanied by a delicious chocolate croissant.
Taking all this outside to the patio and reading the paper while soaking up the sun. No running errands, going grocery shopping, or doing projects around the house but listening to my favourite tunes and just relaxing with my feet up. Taking the time to watch the birds at the feeder, or seeing the chipmunk dancing lightly around the fence or the young rabbit who has taken up residence nibbling peacefully at the vast amount of clover encircling the grass in our yard.
Later in the afternoon, we might take a drive to the beach or cottage country and stroll along the waterfront or hike a trail with no hills and sing songs along with the radio. We might then stop for a picnic lunch or stop in a small town cafe and converse about future plans or debate the merits of our baseball team and why they are having the year they are or world order. It doesn’t really matter as long as it is friendly and not to complicated. Save the drama and what needs to be done for another day.
Or we might take in a concert, go canoeing, visit friends and enjoy the environment and ambiance. Once the event is over and we are on our way home, we might stop for an ice cream cone – a reward for just being us. Once home we will spark up the barbecue, have a nice, light dinner and a glass of wine and arrange the patio so we can have a fire and relax while watching the flames consume the wood we picked up on our way home.
Doesn’t get any better than that, folks! The end of a Perfect Day. What makes yours a perfect day?
DRAGON BOAT RACES take place each June in False Creek in Vancouver, B.C.
Dragon boats are long, teak-hulled canoes; propelled by 20 paddlers. Racing dates back hundreds of years in China but was introduced to Vancouver during EXPO 86. It became an annual event the next year when leaders of the local Asian community launched the Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival as a way to promote good relations with the non-Asian majority.
Some years ago when we lived in B.C., Ken (my husband) and I joined a dragon boat race team from the hotel where he worked – the Pan Pacific – you know the one with the sails down in the Harbour. We didn’t have any experience but we were in the amateur, ‘fun’ category where you were participating to enjoy camraderie with fellow staff while getting some exercise and enjoying the great outdoors. It seemed like a great idea at the time!
You practised on the course two times a week for a month before the competition so that you could be in shape for the races. Race day you were lined up with six or seven other boats and you had to keep in your lane to avoid collision with another boat or risk not only disqualification but actual injury to life and limb.
Now, these races were probably no more than four or five minutes long which doesn’t seem all that difficult but you are paddling at a frenetic clip for the whole entire time while (theoretically anyways) being in sync with everyone else in the boat. At one end of the boat you have a drummer who keeps the beat and you dip your paddle in – keeping time to it while the steersman who in our case seemed to be a sadistic escaped lunatic screamed at you constantly to “Reach, Reach, reach you bloody bastards”.
And that’s just what you wanted to do. You wanted to reach up and grab that mofo by the neck and throw him overboard – and that fantasy is what kept you going for the next few minutes as the muscles in your back and neck were screaming to stop that instance and go find somewhere where you could lay down and die. And that was only the first heat. You had to go out again and repeat this insanity later that afternoon. And twice again the next day. We never participated again but we did actually have a lot of fun that year and we are glad we had the opportunity to do something we’d never tried before.
The Chihuly exhibit recently ended at the ROM. For those not familiar with Chihuly he is a master artisan who works in glass and is renowned around the world for his installations and individual pieces. He is from Seattle www.chihulygardenandglass.com and you can see his work in the entryway to the Royal York Hotel in Toronto as well as many other cities.
In November, a friend and I went to the ROM (the Royal Ontario Museum) in Toronto and took some photos of his work, which was allowed, and we got to see firsthand how much effort, talent and artistry goes into these works of art. Please see the video for a glimpse which pales in comparison to being surrounded by the real thing. Enjoy
My fellow swamper and I decided to take in the annual Caribana festival some years ago and were up at some ungodly hour to take the Go train into the Exhibition grounds and make sure we had a good seat for the proceedings. I’m pretty sure we were the first ones there and we set our chairs up at a certain point along the parade route that we thought would give us the best advantage for taking photos.
As the morning progressed and things started getting busier, more and more campers were coming in and setting up tents and hauling in coolers and grills and we got to see what serious onlookers did to set up. Obviously this was a long all day event for them. I’m not sure we even thought ahead enough to bring water with us.
We met some really nice people from Antigua who come out for it every year and one of their daughters was taking part, we got to meet her later, lovely young lady. Well after noon, the parade finally started and the colours and the hoopla were meant for photography. Everyone seemed to be having a great time and the music was vibrant and made you want to get up and dance to it and the costumes were more beautiful with each passing group. The stars of the show though were the extravagant floats, some of which were worn by a shapely individual and hauled on wheels behind them to trailer floats with everyone dancing and playing instruments. It was a sea of colour and feathers and sensual brown bodies in complicated and colourful two pieces with towering headpieces of bejewelled adornment.
The Grande Parade will take place on Saturday, August 5th in 2017 but officially Caribana starts on August 3rd and runs until August 7th. Try and book a week-end at one of the hotels downtown as the later it gets on the day of the parade the more congested the traffic.