Jo Marie – My Bio

August 8th, 2011

2005 Montana World of Wearable Art (WOW) FINALIST

2006 Montana World of Wearable Art (WOW) FINALIST

2007 Trash to Fashion FINALIST

2007 Montana World of Wearable Art (WOW) FINALIST

2009 Tarnished Frocks and Divas FINALIST

2009 Montana World of Wearable Art (WOW) FINALIST

2009 Style Pasifika NZ Fashion Awards CATEGORY WINNER

2010 Style Pasifika NZ Fashion Awards FINALIST

After studying wearable art throughout high school and finishing in the top 5% in the country,  I left it behind for a career in the jewellery industry. I became a qualified diamond grader in 1995 through the Gemmology Institute of America and worked in the industry for 11 years. But as things usually go around in circles, I am now surrounded by creativity everyday and have been managing Pohutukawa Gallery in Mount Maunganui since it opened in 2004.

In 2001 my sister Sarah-Jane asked me to design and hand paint her wedding gown which re-sparked my passion for wearable arts.

I have been selected as a finalist in the Montana World of Wearable Art (WOW) awards in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009. This is a tough competition with over 350 entries coming in from all around the world and only approx 140 being selected to compete. The shows are held over a week and sells 40,000 tickets each year. I am mostly known for my “5 cent dress” which is made from over 2600 five cent pieces.

In 2009 and 2010 I was selected as a finalist in the Style Pasifika New Zealand Fashion Awards, this attracts approx 400 entries from around Australasia with around 90 finalists selected. I was a category winner in the Pasifika Hero section in 2009.

My tea towel wrap skirts, NZ stamp canvas’s and Vintage NZ jewellery range sell in galleries around New Zealand (see stockists).

Check out these websites:

www.worldofwearableart.com

www.stylepasifika.co.nz

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