Win with your ‘newsy’ design

2017-02-21 17:01

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People’s Post has already received entries for eye-catching costumes as readers compete to win a chance to join the Cape Town Carnival parade.

The carnival takes place on Saturday 18 March. One lucky reader will walk in the parade with the People’s Post team by entering a costume design made from newspaper with the theme “Under the sea”.

The theme of the carnival this year is “Amaza – Ocean Odyssey”. The floats and costumes look to include fishermen and surfers, penguins and deep-sea creatures, strandlopers, treasure and sunlit beaches.

One of the judges, People’s Post editor Cecilia Hume, has some tips to help readers submit winning costume ideas.

The costume has to be made entirely of newspaper, so designers should embrace working with the medium and it should show in the drawings they submit.

“Simply sending us a photo of what you think would be a cool design, or a pattern that doesn’t reflect the use of newspaper at all, just won’t cut it,” she says.

“We’re looking for good use of newspaper as the material. Think creative and don’t be scared to incorporate pleats, origami and papier-mâché from head to toe,” she says.

“And don’t forget that you’ll have to make your design and wear it in the parade, so make sure the drawings submitted to us show that you’ll be able to create it within the timeframe.”

Taking inspiration from the carnival theme, readers should look to incorporate anything aquatic, Hume adds.

“Think of waves, water, shells, seaweed, fish, mermaids and even King Neptune or Ursula the sea witch – we want to see the theme stand out clearly.

“Don’t be afraid to include bold pieces that are in line with the theme. After all, you’re going to be part of an ocean odyssey.”

To enter, email a drawing of your design made from newspaper with the theme “Under the sea” to by Tuesday 28 February. The top five designs will be selected by Tuesday 7 March and will need to be created. The best design will be selected and the winning designer will be announced on Tuesday 14 March.

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