Waitaki Herald : August 20th 2014
8 WAITAKI HERALD, AUGUST 20, 2014 NEWS ‘Rats-tail’ rug finalist in national comp A By NICOLA WOLFE n Oamaru woman has been selected as a finalist in a national art competition. Marion Gorton, 79, is among 30 artists chosen to proceed to the next level of the IHC Art Awards – a national competition that offers people with an intellectual disability the opportunity to showcase their art work. As part of the competition, Miss Gorton’s piece, a woollen rug made from ‘‘rats-tail’’ circles will be shown at an exhibition in Wellington from August 11. IDEA Service community sup- port worker Fran Stuart says there is nothing else Miss Gorton would rather make. ‘‘First thing in the morning, last thing at night – that’s what she likes to do,’’she says. Crafts are a life-long passion and Miss Gorton says she enjoys a variety including needlework, sewing with the machine and a knitting spool. She says she is often given wool and material for her crafts and likes to give her artworks away as gifts in return. The IHC Art Awards is an annual competition open to all New Zealanders with intellectual disabilities, aged 13 or older. The top 30 pieces are chosen to proceed to the next round by three judges from across the creative industries. The pieces are featured in an exhibition and online where they can be voted for by others via Facebook. A big event night and auction is held for the finalists where the winners are announced. As well as a first, second and third place winner, a People’s Choice Award is announced, chosen through website voting. This years’s competition will be judged by singer Boh Runga, entertainer Oscar Knightley and fashion icon and entrepreneur Denise L’Estrange-Corbet. Money raised at the auction goes directly to the artist. Miss Gorton was a finalist in the competition several years’ ago and decided she wanted to give it another go this year. She says she crafted her piece, entitled ‘‘Colourburst’’ using a knitting spool made from a wooden cotton reel and plaiting the wool thread, a skill she learnt after moving to Oamaru 35 years ago. She then crafted the rats-tails into circles and sewed them together to create the rug. IDEA Services North Otago supported employment and transition co-ordinator Sonja Edmonston says the organisation is ‘‘extremely proud of Marion’’ and the energy she puts into her work. ‘‘She works tirelessly at her craft and creates amazing works. She is an amazing role model and it is lovely to see her work recognised in this way,’’ she says. Stuart agrees. ‘‘She has a heart of gold.’’ Vote for Marion Gorton’s piece ‘‘Colourburst’’ at http://goo.gl/ LTetlV Online voting for the IHC Art Awards closes on Sunday. Colourful creations: Marion Gorton has been chosen as a finalist in the IHC Art Awards with her ‘‘rats-tail’’ circle rug ‘‘Colourburst’’. The competition is due to close August 24.
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