Yesterday we let you know about our WerableArt™ themed windows at our Te Papa Store on the waterfront and in Brandon Street. Now we’re going to profile the talented students behind them, first starting with Frankie from Wellington High School:
I am Frankie Berge and am studying Year 13 Fashion Technology at Wellington High School.
Growing up it has always been important to me to know where my roots lay and where my family has been. My ancestors were great Norwegian Vikings who rode the great, vast seas. They not only traveled the icy waters, living and fishing from them, but had a deep respect and love of it. When it came to choosing a theme for my WOW garment, I drew from my past and chose the ocean as my overall influence and inspiration. The photographs provided by Te Papa were beautiful close up and the ocean surface really appealed to me. The ocean is a great and powerful spirit in a lot of the old Norwegian tales, and I have attempted to give my garment essence these myths hold. My garment will be a decorative, physical embodiment of the spirit of the sea by a mix of detail and depth in shape, decorations and textures.
In terms of my design I have drawn from the sea the unique shapes and movements that it creates in which there is a vast range in qualities. The delicate curves and swirls will not only establish the textures and depth in detail but also be used in exaggerated form to make a strong geometric silhouette. I hope to achieve not just a garment but a finished image that encompasses the whole window display and create e a more visually impacting connection to the viewer.