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Selwyn Times: May 09, 2018

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8 Wednesday May 9 2018 Latest Christchurch news at Our People SELWYN TIMES Loretta Sloan Doyleston designer wowing people Doyleston designer Loretta Sloan has had her garments showcased at the World of Wearable Art competition six times since 2010. She spoke to Georgia O’Connor- Harding about her work at Leeston’s Lakeland Art Gallery and her business Dreaded Yarn Tell me about your work at the Lakeland Art Gallery? I am a volunteer and committee member there. I think it is a great place for the community to support local artists so it gives them a chance to showcase their creations. I have had some wearable arts and other felted pieces of art on display there as well. Tell me about the business Dreaded Yarn which you run? I decided to set it up because I found there is a huge gap in the market place for hand-made, boutique, chunky yarn so I decided to create my own. Not only do I sell yarn, I do knitting workshops and workshops to teach people how to create their own novelty chunky yarn. I have got a selection of super-sized DESIGN: Loretta Sloan with the super-sized needles she uses to make chunky yarn at her workshop, Dreaded Yarn, in Doyleston. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER needles made locally. I also teach felting. I am a textile artist, and as well as also teaching felting, I have expanded on to creating Dreaded Yarn. How long have you been taking part in the World of Wearable Art competition in Wellington? I have been entering WOW since 2010. I have had six garments accepted for the WOW show. Currently I have a garment on display at the national WOW Museum and Nelson classic car collection from the 2017 show. What has been your greatest achievement at WOW? Just getting on stage is an achievement in its own. It is worldwide. Hundreds of people enter from all round the world so just getting on there is an achievement in itself. I did have a winner back in 2011 when I got third in the children’s section of the wearable arts competition for one of my creations. What has been your favourite creation you have made? There is no favourite because they are all different. I like working and testing the boundaries and working with different materials. Are you allowed to say what you are designing this year? You can’t. Wool is my main thing I work with so it will be something either felted, weaved, knitted or could be with a completely different median. What do you think about art in Ellesmere? There are so many creative and talented people in the area. I am privileged to have met so many of them myself. I think having the gallery in Lincoln, Darfield and now Leeston, it is supporting those people and giving them somewhere to showcase their designs and art. I think it is important to nurture that. Best nest in the west There’s no better place to settle out west than at Falcon’s Landing. Pop in to our sales and information office, 17 Branthwaite Drive, this Thursday, Friday or Sunday from 1pm to 3pm to find out more. Contact us on 03 741 1340 or mail anytime.

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday May 9 2018 9 across NZ with wearable art Do you have a favourite fashion designer/artist? I love David Lloyd’s work. He works a lot with copper and different metals. I love it, it is cool, quirky. He lives in Southbridge and his partner Blanche Fryer who works a lot with clay and ceramic. She makes awesome stuff as well, they are such a talented couple. They are on the committee at the Lakeside Gallery. Do you have any significant childhood memories that inspired you to go down an artistic line of work? I have always been creative right from a young age. Luckily, I worked at Ashford Handicrafts Ltd for about 13 years. Having worked there for 13 years, I learned to spin, weave, felt everything textile. I started there after school when I was 13. I went full-time when I left school. I would be going to work everyday to learn the product because obviously they make spinning wheels and weaving looms to send all around the world. What happened in your career between the time you were working at Ashford Handicrafts Ltd and setting up your business Dreaded Yarn? RETRO: Loretta Sloan’s garments, which she made from 2169 bottle tops, were showcased in the World of Wearable Art show. PHOTO: WORLD OF WEARABLE ART I had a bar and restaurant in Leeston. I used to have Armadillo’s Bar & Restaurant. Hillyers is now in the building there. Now I have got two children and we own a business in Leeston – Ellesmere Motor Bodies, which is a panel and paint business. I help out with the administration. I used to teach a lot when I was younger. That is my ultimate goal – to teach workshops, share the knowledge and do more exhibitions and commissioned work. I do exhibits, I do sell some of my work, but I really enjoy teaching people and doing workshops and getting other people to feel what I feel when I am creating. I think it is important to share information with others. You get some people who don’t want to share knowledge. I think it is important to give others the opportunity to learn something new. Is there a growing interest in Selwyn to learn more about wearable arts? It is growing. Kim Strange started the Art Couture NZ’s wearable arts competition show in Tai Tapu last year. I was one of the judges there. It went really well. It was good for the area and it gives people the opportunity to get involved and be creative. I am there as a judge again this year. If I have a garment back in time, I will have last year’s garment on display at the competition. •Dreaded Yarn workshops will run from July onwards. For more information, call 021 138 9300, or go to Dreaded Yarn’s Facebook page at https:// dreadedyarn/?ref=br_rs Opening Special FREE MUFFIN when you purchase a barista made coffee NPD 23413 SWT101 Cut out voucher to redeem Rolleston, 740 Jones Rd Conditions apply. One muffin per voucher. Expires 31/05/18. NPD Rolleston | 740 Jones Rd | 0800 544 6162 |