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Pondering her next move . . . Waikaka resident Kaylene Davidson thinking about what will be her next creation in wool.

Thinking outside of the square is what members of the Waikaka Arts and Crafts committee are encouraging people to do.

This year at the annual exhibition held in Waikaka, there will be a “Woolly Thinking Corner”, a competition for the promotion of wool.

Treasurer of the committee Sharon Irwin said because their guest was Dunedin-based fibre artist Hope Duncan, it made sense to have an exhibition of woolly creations.

“Anyone can enter the competition. There is no cost, but we want to encourage people to put on their woolly thinking caps.

“Wool in all its forms can be used. It is not just about knitting or crocheting.

“For example, I am playing around with carded fleece, driftwood and inspiration for my creation. I have no idea where or what it will end up being,” Mrs Irwin said.

Minutes secretary Kaylene Davidson said her idea came to her in the middle of the night.

“It was a flash of inspiration that woke me.

“Then I had to think how I was going to actually make the draughts board and checkers.”

Having to work out and gauge the squares and rows was harder than anticipated, Mrs Davidson said.

The entrants can either take a serious or light-hearted approach to the exhibition.

One entry per person (no entry fee).

Entries must be received at Glenthorne Motors, Waikaka or Jenkins Motor Depot, Gore by 4pm Friday, November 1.

Entries must be accompanied by the entrant’s name and contact details and, if appropriate, given a title.

Open to all exhibitors and the general public.

  • Hope Duncan
    Otago artist Hope Duncan works with wool in her art, which in turn focuses on wool as a fibre, as a material and an industry. Fibre artist Duncan is keen to promote the virtues of wool through her art. Last year, she won the Rembrandt fashion and textile section of the 2018 ECC New Zealand Student Craft and Design Awards, having been highly commended in the awards the previous year.