Art n Tartan 2014 ART N TARTAN Wearable Art Awards- 27 & 28 June 2014

Failte a Chairdean! Greetings friends!

The Awards are a part of the annual celebration that commemorates the 1782 repeal of the notorious Act of Proscription, that for 40 years after the Battle of Culloden prevented Highland men and boys from the wearing of tartan. Our wearable art event celebrates Tartan as a symbol of self expression - the bright thread in the greater plaid.

The entries for our previous shows ensured a breathtaking experience for the audience. The 2014 awards followed a similar format to those of 2012.

The show itself takes the form of a dramatised presentation of all entries which weaves music, light and artwork into a magical and mythical extravaganza.
This was followed by a more traditional catwalk showing, accompanied by a commentary that describes the individual artwork, its story and the name of its creator.


Supreme Award - Highland McTea

McKiwi - 1st - River Maiden - 2nd - The Herekeke Warrior

Fireside - 1st - Hey Diddle Diddle - 2nd - Ghost

Engine Room - 1st - Pheno-kisto-cyclo-trope - 2nd - Jock of all Trades

Brave Heart - 1st - Making a bee line - 2nd - Generation Mat

Dressed to Kilt - 1st - Highland McTea - 2nd - Patterned Peacock

Outstanding College Entrant - 1st - The Harekeke Warrior - 2nd - Love to dance

First Time Entry - The Hekekeke Warrior

Exquisite Craftsmanship - Ghost

Conceptual Imagination - In Our Tartan Town

Impact on Stage - Hey Diddle Diddle

Innovative Use of Tartan - Tua McTara

Best Sewn - 1st - Pheno-kisto-cyclo-trope - 2nd - The Rags of Rashin Coatie

Masks - 1st - The Troll king - 2nd equal - The Waihoihoi Tartan Taniwha & Michelle the Mermaid - Very highly Commended - Bessy the Flightless Fairy, A Tartan Girl, The Colourful Boobarie

Vouchers - Artwork that caught the Judges eyes...

Missy McMermaid, Keep on Tart'n yourself up, This is Who I Am, The Flying Scotsman, Woven, Nikau By Night, Creation from within the Bin, This Is Who I Am, A Tribute to Scottish Engineering, The Kiwiana Queen

Photography - Please contact >>Peter Davies<<

Show DVD - Please contact >>Peter Grant<<

2014 Categories...

Dressed to ‘Kilt’  -  this is our ‘open’ section.  Choose your own theme or concept and create extravagant, completely ‘over the top’ tartan Wearable Art. Create artworks that transcend the every day … indulge your senses with unrestrained excessiveness…. anything goes, so let your fancy take flight.

McKiwi – Explore the synergy, the similarities and the differences between Celtic and Pacific Cultures.

Fireside  - Explore the Celtic Stories of the ‘otherworld’, the rich resource of Celtic mythology and Scottish faerie tales, with its supernatural creatures!

The Celts were tribal warriors who inhabited large areas of Europe but ended up associated with the lands of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Brittany. They were poetic, religious and superstitious, with a deep connection to the earth and its mysteries – they adored story telling - explore the people of the ancient ‘Standing Stones’, the Bardic sagas of Beowolf, and inter-tribal rivalry and conquest!

Masks (children’s section) Create a mask inspired by all things Celtic – ghosites, Kelpies, giants, and brownies  -  to proportions only limited to your model’s body size!

Brave Heart  – don’t think of Mel Gibson! The true Brave Heart is the person who brings courage to the challenges of day to day living. A Brave Heart transforms the mundane into the extraordinary.

The Engine Room  -  The Scots were ‘the Engine room’ of the British Empire -  they were the engineers and architects; they were innovators and problem solvers. You could stick your head in any engine room of any ship in the world, call out ‘Jock’ and someone would answer you!

This is our call to all you blokes and blokettes to turn your mind and hand to a wearable construction.


Judging Criteria...

Art n Craft - 60% ... * Creativity and originality of the artwork - 20%. * Clarity of concept or intent. How well does the concept connect to the work and the category? - 20%. * Quality of workmanship and construction- 20%

Use of Materials... 20%... * Innovative use of materials - 10%. * Effective use of Tartan - 10%

Impact on Stage... 20%

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If you are entering Art n Tartan and would like to ad some Waipu Tartan to your creation - Send us and email to order from our Cotton 'Bolt' of the Waipu Tartan - we are offering a discount per meter to contestants. It will be $20.00 per meter as appose to $30.00 per meter which will remain the price for the general public. (The pure wool Waipu Tartan bolt remains at 90.00 per meter - no discount on this, sorry). So if you would like to order from the Cotton bolt, email us at and we can cut some for you - and have it ready to pick up here at the Waipu Museum.



Entrants in the Waipu Museum Art n Tartan Wearable Art Awards in late June 2014  can also submit their entry to the first ever Wearable Tartan Art Awards to be held during ‘Scottish Week’ in the Roxburgh region of Central Otago in September 2014. 

The Waipu organizing committee were approached by Trudi Marsh, organizer of the event, and have been able to provide advice, assistance and even three entries from previous Waipu shows which were used as inspiration at the Roxburgh launch in September this year.

Over the Summer months designers might like to start planning their entries and possibly incorporating a trip to Otago taking along their entry to the ‘sister’ event in the Teviot valley.

Plan your year to participate in both shows and enjoy a lovely trip to Otago in September!

Inquiries about the Otago event could be directed to

Trudi Marsh  03 4466704

Teresa Bennetts 03 4468158

Toni Birtles 03 4468492



Please contact either Peter Grant or Peter Davies by clicking on the links above, to the Right and contacting them directly.



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WAIPU IN TARTAN - 20 June - 26 July 2014

Since 2005 and the beginnings of Winter@Waipu, Tartan Day has been celebrated in Waipu on 1 July.

It has grown to replace winter@waipu as the town’s main winter focus, and now lasts for a few weeks.

Since 2013 has been renamed Waipu in Tartan

For this small scottish town, its the time to dust off the kilt, the scarves, the pipes – the town is awash with tartan – there is free shortbread in many shops for those sporting a bit of tartan, and often the Butcher offers a taste of Haggis. There is pipers, and parties, and busking and lots of fun – come and join us.

The Events have been organised by the Waipu Business and promotions Group. Check out The Waipu in Tartan Facebook page or for any updates



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