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Beyond the Bale : September 2014
OFF FARM 25 Part of AWI’s ongoing commitment to nurturing emerging talent includes hosting student seminars to educate of the next generation about entering the wool industry. Earlier this year a seminar was held in London explaining the benefits and versatility of wool to textile and fashion students. More recently in August, Sydney played host to a seminar titled Naturally Inspiring, which attracted more than 130 students and teachers from the city’s design colleges. Hosted by AWI consultant and IWTO president Peter Ackroyd – who also gave a presentation on international buying trends and the role of AWI – the seminar affirmed AWI’s role as the leading authority in the textile and fashion industry and showcased a variety of career possibilities available for those wanting to work with wool. Guest speakers included: • AWI Global Innovations Manager Roy Kettlewell who presented AWI’s Wool Appreciation Course and spoke about some of the latest innovations using Merino wool • AWI Category Manager (Mothers and Babies) Carol Stubbs presenting the autumn/winter 2015/16 edition of The Wool Lab • AWI Global Marketing Communications Manager Melissa Grace discussing the importance of the International Woolmark Prize and how to prepare for the coveted award • Creative Director Rachel Allen of apparel brand and retailer MARCS discussing opportunities within the industry • STRATEAS.CARLUCCI co-designer Mario-Luca Carlucci – the International Woolmark Prize Australia finalist for menswear and womenswear – giving a rare and personal insight into the International Woolmark Prize journey and how the brand is preparing for the global finals. Raffles College of Design teacher Leonie Smith praised The Wool Lab, saying it was fabulous for students to see and it opened the students’ eyes as to the variety of wool fabrics available, adding she would be interested in sourcing wool fabrics for her students to work with. Whitehouse Institute of Design student Sarah Perry said she thought the seminar had “the perfect mix of science and the fashion of wool”. Fellow student Felicity van Elst from Open Colleges echoed this sentiment, saying the seminar was “extremely useful, inspirational and educational – a perfect mix of technical background, design implications and practical applications”. AWI has hosted a seminar for textile and fashion students in Sydney about Merino wool. The seminar aimed to educate students at the early stage in their career about the benefits, possibilities and provenance of Merino wool, as well as highlight the fibre’s place in contemporary fashion and textiles. Hosted by IWTO president Peter Ackroyd, guest speakers included a variety of industry professionals from various facets of the industry. INSPIRING STUDENTS NATURALLY Textile and fashion students view The Wool Lab at the Naturally Inspiring seminar in Sydney. Year 10 Wool4Skool® winner Clancy Davies-Etheridge from Kinross Wolaroi School, NSW. CONGRATULATIONS YEAR 7 WINNER Cindy Kieu St Dominic’s Priory College, SA YEAR 8 WINNER Hannah Jenkins Elderslie High School, NSW YEAR 9 WINNER Vivian Tang St Mary’s Star of the Sea College, NSW YEAR 10 WINNER Clancy Davis-Etheridge Kinross Wolaroi School, NSW YEAR 11 WINNER Christine Zhou Methodist Ladies College, Vic TEACHER WINNER Anna Dyer Belridge Secondary College, WA For a full list of winners, runner ups and honourable mentions, please visit www.wool4skool.com