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Auckland retiree tries art in virtual reality, after a lifetime designing on paper

1499840237276Plugged into virtual reality, retiree Trisha Downie believed her life-sized 3D creation so real she might trip over it.

"I'm petrified I'm going to fall over or break it, because it seems to be a piece of glass – but it isn't, it's just space."

The septuagenarian, who lives at the Metlifecare Retirement Village in east Auckland's Highland Park, has spent a lifetime designing garments, art and sails with pencil and paper.

"I'm not thinking about what I'm trying to design, I'm just playing, and I think that's where design comes from – you have to play and see what works.

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