'Determination and enthusiasm' - commercial cleaner shares secret of WOW artistic glory

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Pete Wakeman is the first to admit that he probably doesn't fit the stereotype of the typical designer, but that hasn't stopped him taking out top spot at the World of Weararble Arts.

Meet the commercial cleaner who produced some of WOW's supreme winning frocks from his Motueka shed
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Pete is the first to admit he probably doesn't fit the stereotype of your average designer.
Pete is the first to admit he probably doesn't fit the stereotype of your average designer.
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The Motueka commercial cleaner has spent three years working his magic with fibreglass, and last year nabbed the supreme award.

When he first announced he was going to give it a crack, his family were a little skeptical.

"Off he went and everyone thought he was nuts, until they saw that end result," wife Teresa says.

He has no artistic background or art school education, but he reckons that's the beauty of WOW.

"Determination and enthusiasm, that's what got us where we are at the moment," he told Seven Sharp.

With entrants this year ranging from a Christchurch truck driver to New York designers who have worked with Madonna, Pete knows more than anyone that WOW can be anybody's game.

"You can be a total outsider like I was, very green and naive, and the opportunity is there for anybody, and I suggest anybody and everybody gives it a go." 

WOW's 2016 season opened in Wellington last night. 

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