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Howick and Pakuranga Times : Howick and Pakuranga Times Monday October 20 2014
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BELGIUM PAVERS 200x100x50 80¢ each REGENCY COBBLESTONES 230 x 190 x 40 $1.50 each SLABS 400 x 400 x 50 $9.50 each Free quotes for laying Wide variety of other shapes and colours Wide variety of other shapes and colours See website for more info: www.cobblestone.co.nz 124579 COBBLESTONE MANUFACTURERS OF PAVING FOR 30 YEARS Labour Weekend Compelling journey tells story of designs I AM: Garments that tell a moving migratory story have been constructed by AUT lecturer Anne Lohrentz for a design project that is a compelling personal exploration of people who deeply influenced her life. Times photo Wayne Martin By Farida Master iT WAS a profound experience, an emotional journey that had Anne Lohrentz delve deep with- in to discover her design DNA. Paying a personal tribute to five women from diverse walks of life that have been an integral part of her history, the experienced fashion designer articulated her thought-provoking story through a recent capsule collection of gar- ments at Bell House in the Howick Historical Village. The well-curated exhibition by the lecturer of design and pattern making at Auckland University of Technology was a research project for her masters’ degree in art and design. Having grown up in apartheid South Africa, the talented designer used the ntsomi, the South African Xhosa people’s approach to story- telling. It is said that without a story there is no nation, culture or civilization. Everyone is born into stories of their families and communities that they narrate. The idea behind Mrs Lohrentz’s compelling storytelling project was to be authentic, whilst breaking away from a homogenised clothing industry to carve an individualist niche in the fashion industry. “This project explores storytell- ing as a means of negotiating an authentic handwriting within fash- ion design,” says the accomplished designer, pointing to the manne- quins, each with a powerful tale to tell. “I’ve researched stories from my homeland, the Eastern Cape of South Africa, as a means of discov- ering my design DNA.” The research and labour behind every beautifully finished garment is both mind-boggling and also cathartic. Tracing her roots, Mrs Lohrentz’s says her migratory story started in 1911, with her paternal grandfather James Miller leaving Scotland to move to New Zealand. His adventurous spirit then took him to South Africa. “My genesis was attached to two stories, one of the British pioneers and the other of the Xhosa people that whispered of another world,” she says. Adding a subliminal artistic accent to the exhibition is an array of artworks, photographs and poems dedicated to the people that inspired the project. The capsule collection is based on the core stories of a castaway, a red blanket, a pioneer, a mother, and a nanny. It starts with Bessie, a young Scottish girl who was shipwrecked on the east coast of South Africa in the 18th century, to be found by the Xhosa people who accepted her into their tribe. The influence of her mother’s fabric construction technique is vis- ible, as is her Scottish heritage from her paternal grandmother reflected in the aesthetically designed outfits in tweed. Equally impactful is the story of her maid, Lena, who was a surro- gate mother and mentor carrying her, strapped on to her back for the first nine months of her life. There’s an element of European influence with the use of long panelled skirts underlined with shweshwe printed cotton fabric, often described as the denim or tar- tan of South Africa. The shweshwe material is symbolic of her nanny as it brings back images of Lena whom she’s connected to. The seamlessly deconstructed geometric shapes of blankets tradi- tionally worn by the native Xhosa people, designed into stylish jack- ets, unveil a moving story of how it all contributed to her upbringing. From Victorian and African headgears to colonial knots, sig- nificant crossing of thread, colour palettes, beadwork and tobacco pockets in jackets, every tiny detail in the garments silently says, “I am because of them”. The exhibition which is a jour- ney of a thousand miles within is lined with creativity, ingenuity and gratitude. It amply demonstrates the diver- sity and unity that shapes our lives and makes us who we are.
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