|Our soft launch of the Toi Whakaari Challenge last year allowed us to test the brief with select schools, encourage some amazing creatives and give prizes for some impressive work.
Toi Whakaari Set & Props HOD, Francis Gallop said: “As a first challenge the judges and I were blown away with the level of skill and creative thinking the 2020 entrants showcased.”
The Costume Design winner was Casey Roberts who designed a complex costume for the Drex Corporation’s Trade Ambassador. The judges loved her elegant design incorporating inspirations from China’s Qing Dynasty, an entire new language of tattoos inspires by electronic circuitry and the detailed and expressive make up and hair designs. Judge Dorotka Sapinski (Costume Designer Black Panther, Wolverine) noted Casey’s “natural ability to tell narrative through choices in the costume. There are a lot of ideas, the trick to a good costume sketch is to be able to distil them and you have done this.”
Runner up in the Costume Design category was Poppy Kirkham with her striking and imaginative design for the character of the “First Speaker of the Dreamers”. This is the costume worn by the First Speaker at the pōwhiri held for the Drex Corporation Ambassador, a critical moment in the film’s storyline. The design illustrates the mana of the wearer, the creative flair of the settlers working with limited material sources and their connection to both their new world and the old. Dorotka said “Your sketch shows a really great pose and so adds to the character. You are not scared to use color which is great to see.”
Emily Thompson won the Constructed Object category. Given the time pressures and complexities of 2020 her work never reached full physical completion but the judges were very impressed by the wide range of ideas explored, and how they were ingeniously synthesised within her design.
The brief was to create a Life Monitor and Communication Device worn by settlers of the NNZ Mars Colony:
“Known as an LMCD (or simply “Lem”), these are worn by every citizen of New New Zealand. They allow peer to peer conversation as well as sending a constant stream of life signs data to the settlement’s central hub, where the Papatūānuku System monitors their wellbeing.” Emily’s design also incorporates elegant features such as a display that shows the comparative orbits of Earth and Mars and the layout of key instrument lights in the pattern of the Southern Cross.
We hope these examples help inspire your creatives.