WOW: World of Wearable Art 2019.


The world of wearable arts (WOW) has returned to Wellington and this year will be celebrating it’s 30th year of bedazzling audiences in New Zealand with their magic and ingenuity.

What is WOW?

WOW is an internationally renowned design competition that attracts entries from over 40 countries. Anything that is wearable art can find a place on the stage, as long as it is original, innovative and well executed.

For three weeks every year, WOW showcases the best of these creations in a spectacular show that takes over New Zealand’s vibrant capital city of Wellington in an explosion of creativity. This year WOW is on from 26 September to 13 October.

To celebrate WOW, Wellington City Libraries has some amazing non fiction that can guarantee you creating your own wearable arts award event!


Wearable wonders.

“An introduction to the World of Wearable Art Awards with history and examples, interviews, photographs etc., in a workbook which details how to make your own Wearable Art creation using various art and craft techniques”–Publisher information. Suggested level: intermediate, junior secondary.

Renowned author-illustrator Fifi Colston shares her years of expereince in the visual and wearable arts in this new book where you will learn how to WOW the world with your very own wearable wonder using simple objects such as petals, shells, cardboard, old cans and drink bottles that can be showcased in the world of  wearable arts awards or used as a costume, prop, landscape, weapon and even a creature on stage and in the film industry. A great resource to use and read if you are doing a school/drama production and/or consideirng a career in fashion, set and costume design.


Ghoulish get-ups.

Time to get some inspiration and ideas for Halloween costumes! Check out Fifi Colston’s Ghoulish get-ups!

Fifi Colston shares her years of experience in costuming and the wearable arts. Crammed with tricky tips and terrifying techniques for making an outrageous outfit for any occasion, especially Halloween



Out of the box.

Recycle household cardboard into incredible art projects that you can wear, share, and play with. Learn how to build and decorate more than 25 amazing creations, including costumes and castles, gifts and games, puppets and pirate ships.




Make it! : don’t throw it away – create something amazing!

Help your child turn trash into things that make you go WOW. Over 100 crafty step-by-step projects will have your child turning humble household rubbish into amazing treasures you’ll want to keep. Watch them create jewellery from paper, flower pots from plastic bottles and shoulder bags from old jeans. Packed with facts on earth’s natural resources and tips on recycling too.




Crafts for styling your wardrobe.

This is a craft series with a twist. Learn how to makeover your room, revamp your wardrobe, make your own natural beauty products and style your accessories while considering the environment and taking steps to make your own change with your eco-style!




Utterly gorgeous fashion.

This is the perfect book for girls and teens with a passion for all things stylish. Stacks of sensational fashions to make, from customizing and up-styling old clothes with cool prints, tie-dying and stencils, to creating fabulous accessories, such as fascinators, Katy Perry style sunglasses and the ultimate designer handbags.




Cardboard creations : open-ended exploration with recycled materials.

Provides instructions for creating art projects using recycled materials, such as cardboard boxes and old jars and containers.

Kids’ Club Review by Zahra: The patchwork bike

The patchwork bikeThe patchwork bike, by Maxine Beneba Clarke

This book is cool. It is about a bike made from recyclable stuff. A girl and her brothers made it.

I like the pictures. They look like real paintings.

I learnt that you can make good stuff out of recyclable material and have fun with it.

I would recommend this book to people interested in recycling things and anyone else.

5 stars

Reviewed by Zahra from Karori and Samuel Marsden Collegiate School , 7 years old

New non-fiction: books for younger readers

First illustrated Science dictionary

This is a great little book for younger readers who are curious about how the world works. It’s beautifully illustrated, and the information is presented in a clear, simple way.  It talks about everything from cells to the stars, and is a great introduction to scientific concepts.






Black Holes

If the Illustrated Science dictionary has sparked your interest in black holes, this is the book you want to read next.  It’s simple, clear and if you get stuck, there’s a glossary of words at the back.  Plus there are some great pictures that take you through how Black Holes work.




African Myths and Legends

All cultures tell amazing stories about the past. This is a great little collection of myths and legends from all African cultures.  Gods, heroes and trickster spirits all have their own special stories, depending on where they come from. If you liked this book, you could check out other myths in our collection.






Make it!

If you like crafts and want to save the planet, this book is filled with awesome projects that will help you do just that. All of these are pretty easy, but very fun, so you probably won’t need Mum or Dad looking over your shoulder when you make toys out of odd socks or rocket ships from milk bottles.






Welcome to your awesome Robot

This book is a lot like Make it! except you’ve got one project to focus on; making a robot costume out of an old cardboard box. Sounds boring? Well, it isn’t. There’s plenty of ideas here about how to customise your ‘robot’ as well as a cool comic strip showing how a kid (with a bit of help from Mum) made theirs. It’s not your average craft book.






What exciting things can be found beneath the sea? Mankind has been sailing the seas for centuries; but occasionally, things go wrong, and all sorts of ships end up on the ocean floor. It’s not just about the treasure; shipwrecks






I read a great book recently called Recycled, by Sandy McKay.  What’s really good about it is that it tells you all kinds of interesting facts about the environment.  For example, did you know that:

  • Recycling aluminium cans uses 95% less energy than making new ones…?
  • There are 500 million cars on this planet…? Yuk, think about all that pollution!
  • Fifty acres of rainforest are destroyed every minute (I wonder what happens to all the animals that live there?)…?
  • More than one billion trees are cut down every year to make disposable nappies…?
  • Each year most families throw away 1.5 tonnes of rubbish (that’s the same weight as half an elephant!)…?

If you want to find out how you can help the planet check out


Have you ever stopped to think how long it takes for things to rot or decompose?
· Aluminium cans – 200 to 500 years
· Glass bottles – 1000 years
· Tin cans – 100 years
· Disposable nappies – 75 years
· Plastic bottles/Styrofoam/polystyrene – NEVER!
That is such a scary thought, especially since all of these things (except disposable nappies) can be recycled.

Did you know that heaps of litter ends up in the sea, and can kill or hurt sea animals and birds?  I once heard of a dolphin that ate a tiny piece of plastic, which got stuck in its stomach.  The plastic stopped the dolphin from eating – and this is really sad – he died of starvation.

So make sure you and your family recycle all your paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, and cans – and throw everything else into a bin – DON’T EVER LITTER!

The library has heaps of books and web pages on recycling, just ask a librarian to show you where to find them, or check out 363.72 in the junior non-fiction section of the library.

Worms are way cool

Worms are way cool…  They can eat all your family’s food scraps, and the worm wee and poo they make can be used in the garden (it’s really good for the plants). If you don’t believe me why not try it out for yourself…  All you have to do is to make or buy a worm farm and some Tiger or red worms. But be warned! Worms don’t like spicy food, onions or citrus fruits.  And don’t believe the story that if you cut a worm in half it will grow into two worms – wrong, you’ll just be left with one dead worm!A worm farm would be a great hobby or class project, you should ask your teacher to take a look at this website. It tells you all you need to know about worm farms… And check out page 33 of This Book is a Load of Rubbish by Deborah Burnside for how to make a worm farm.