Variety Concert, Gisborne 2012.
A good friend of mine Christie Patumaka who i met at Toihoukura works for Age Concern here in Gisborne. She was asked by her boss to put together a small runway show of our Cult Couture collection for the end of year Variety Concert. Its focus is to put on a day event of entertainment & food primarily for the elderly in an aid to support those who have none or little as well as a free fun day out for our tamariki (children) & whanau (family). Being a community event, any support or charity from local businesses, performers, productions etc is greatly appreciated to provide a diverse mix of entertainment & kai at little expense. Those of us who entered Cult Couture, were happy to participate & show case our garments yet again.
Knowing my background in the nail & beauty industry, she kindly asked if i could organize that side of the show. By this stage i had completed my graduate exhibition finalizing my three years of study so i not only had more time on my hands but i was in the beginning stages of setting up my soon to be business ventures. This was the perfect opportunity to highlight the coming of my creative brand ARIAAARIKI.
As well as that, she was short a model to wear my other good friend Elizabeth Kerekere’s garment based on Hineteiwaiwa (Goddess of Childbirth & Te Whare Pora) soooo, who did she ask to model it? Ha. I figured, why not, it’s all for a good cause! It also gave me inspiration for one of my first Toimaikuku Sets (Maori Nail Art) & i just so happened to have been lent a beautiful Glass-Tiki Taonga by artist Todd Sheridan the night before, so i rocked that down the run way too – i was in full force promotion mode!
All in all, it was a fun afternoon of hair, nails & make-up, fashion, mahi toi (maori art), aroha (love), kotahitanga (unity) & whanaungatanga (family support). I love community events especially when i can give back & help make it all come together. One Love xx