Xiaotong demonstrated the power of imagination and creativity with Spirit Bone – transforming such a simple material into a wearable work of art! We were excited for her to join us here at Wētā Workshop to work on our upcoming projects.
Costume is my form of self-expression. I wanted Spirit Bone to represent the modern woman; we can be our own warriors and also be elegant.
The internship at Wētā Workshop provided Xiaotong with the opportunity to build on her costuming experience and develop new skills. On arrival, Xiaotong swapped her needle and thread for a paintbrush, spending two weeks with the Workshop Paint crew, learning how to paint collectibles and realistic-looking armour. Xiaotong then spent the remainder of her internship in the Costume Department working on an exciting Workshop project. Part sculpture, part costume, Xiaotong used a heat-gun to manipulate PVC plastic into giant ripples that mimic strips of fabric caught in the breeze.
After four whirlwind weeks in New Zealand, Xiaotong returned to China to continue her creative journey. A fresh intake of incredible creations will soon be heading to WOW’s Nelson headquarters from all over the world for pre-judging. Wētā Workshop will once again offer an emerging designer the opportunity to learn alongside its crew. Running for three weeks from 26 September, tickets for this year’s WOW show at the TSB Arena in Wellington are available now.