SHARE
Head over heels ... Gore designer Viv Tamblyn delighted to have won first place in the Toes section of the Heads and Toes Wearable Art event in Tapanui.

Entering an exhibit into a wearable arts competition is not the norm for Gore woman Viv Tamblyn, but she says she likes to support local events.

Mrs Tamblyn has won many fashion design awards over the years, but not wearable arts, and so was delighted to win the “Toes” section of the Heads and Toes Wearable Art Event in Tapanui recently.

“In the South we are so fortunate to have an avenue to display our creativity.

“I love a challenge and experimenting with something new [to me] and persevering until the finished product is something I can be proud of,” Mrs Tamblyn said.

Her winning entry was a pair of black, high-heeled ankle boots decorated with licorice lollies.

The original concept Mrs Tamblyn had was to use buttons on the boots.

“Once they were on the shoe, it looked and felt flat.

“My husband loves licorice allsorts, and I started to think outside the square.”

The shoe idea came to Mrs Tamblyn purely because she thought it would be less time-consuming than a hat.

“Not so.

“Every lolly is individually covered in resin, then I had to hold each one on to the shoe for two minutes while the glue set.

“That took hours – there are a lot of lollies on those boots,” she said.

Strips of merino fabric were knitted to make the red band at the top of the boots.

“I would encourage anyone to give these shows a go.”