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Beyond the Bale : December 2015
OFF FARM 21 FIRST MALE WINNER OF WOOL4SCHOOL Ben Colvin from SCECGS Redlands School in Sydney is the first ever male winner of AWI’s Wool4School competition. Registrations are now open for the 2016 competition. Students are asked to design a uniform for their favourite Australian sporting team and one which conveys the Aussie team spirit. The uniform, complete with wool accessory, should be designed from at least 70 per cent Australian Merino wool and suitable for the team to wear during their match or medal ceremony. HOW TO GET INVOLVED WOOLGROWERS AND PARENTS Contact your local high school and encourage them to get involved in the Wool4School program. Information for schools and teachers is available at www.wool4school.com YEAR 7 -11 TEACHERS Simply register your school and year groups at www.wool4school.com to receive a free Merino wool fabric pack and resource kit for the classroom. YEAR 7 -11 STUDENTS Learn more about the exciting competition at www.wool4school.com and talk to your teacher about getting involved. KEY DATES Registrations close: 31 May 2016 Submissions open: 1 June 2016 SUBMISSIONS CLOSE Years 7 & 8: 19 July 2016 Years 9 & 10: 26 July 2016 Years 11 & teachers: 2 August 2016 WOOL4SCHOOL 2016 GETS SPORTY Now in its sixth year and linked to the Food and Fibre component of the National Curriculum, Wool4School 2015 involved 10,000 registered students from 700 Australian schools. The quality of the 1,100 final entries submitted was exceptional according to the judging panel and the number of final entries represents an eight per cent increase on last year. With the theme of 'Live Life, Love Wool', secondary students from years 7 to 11 designed wool garments they would like to wear on a trip to one of five major city destinations. With an extensive resource library and free samples of both knitted and woven fabric for the classroom, students dreamt of visiting Paris, New York, New Delhi, Moscow or Tokyo wearing wool in various forms. This year the Year 10 winner was Ben Colvin from SCECGS Redlands School in Sydney who created an outstanding design that was innovative, contemporary and well- constructed. Ben designed a war-inspired outfit that he could wear to visit his grandfather’s grave in France. His design, titled Something Missing, was born from the idea of travelling back in time to a military-dominated era, yet still incorporating a youthful spirit and contemporary street style element. While participating students do not make their garment, they illustrate and carefully describe the textiles used in their designs. State and year level winning students and teachers share in the $10,000 worth of prizes, with the overall Year 10 winner having their design made into reality by leading designer Jonathan Ward. “Ben’s winning entry was a standout this year,” Mr Ward said. “His entry showed a well thought process from inspiration, interpretation and final execution of a very contemporary men’s design utilising wool in different weights and textures. The simplicity and constancy of his design lines and the balance and proportion of colour makes Ben’s design a joy to construct.” Amongst the year level winners were Isabelle Ingram, Year 7 from Tamborine Mountain State High School, Queensland; Clara Freeman, Year 8 from Ascham School, NSW; Jemma Hayes, Year 9 from GRC Penshurst Girls Campus, NSW; and Mikaela Fewster, Year 11 from Noosa District High School, Queensland. MORE INFORMATION www.wool4school.com FAST FACTS • For the first time a male student has taken out the top prize in AWI’s Wool4School student design competition. • Wool4School offers a complete fashion design experience in the classroom, introducing a new generation of Australians to the versatility and benefits of wool. • Registrations are now open for next year’s Wool4School competition. A page from Ben’s winning 2015 Wool4School entry.
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