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Beyond the Bale : March 2016
22 OFF FARM AND WINNER THE BEN ALSO GOT TO STAR IN THIS PHOTOSHOOT AS PART OF HIS PRIZE! CHECK OUT HIS AWESOME DESIGN WORN BY MODEL ALEX HAYES... Meet Ben Colvin, the Year 10 student who combined his passion for fashion and history to take out the top prize in the 2015 Wool4School design competition! Themed ‘Live Life, Love Wool’, the 2015 Wool4School design competition saw 1,100 high school students put their design skills to the test. Students were asked to come up with an outfit they could see themselves wearing in Paris, New York, New Delhi, Moscow or Tokyo, inspired by their personality and Australian Merino Wool. Super talented Year 10 student Ben Colvin was crowned the winner with a war-inspired outfit that he would wear to visit his grandfather ’s grave in France. His design, titled ‘Something Missing’, was influenced by a military-dominated era, but still incorporates a youthful spirit and contemporary street-style element. Picked from a panel of fashion industry professionals, Ben’s design was made into reality by leading fashion designer Jonathan Ward, who called Ben’s entry a “standout”. “His entry showed a well-thought out process from inspiration, interpretation to final execution,” says Jonathan. “The simplicity and constancy of his design lines and the proportion of colour made Ben’s design was a joy to construct and bring to life.” IS... Ben Colvin, 2015 winner Alex Hayes, Model Have you got what it takes to become the next Wool4School champion? Register now wool4school.com and don’t forget to #wool4school your progress! GIRLFRIEND ADVERTORIAL The Wool4School spread in Girlfriend magazine. It’s not every day a 16-year-old boy gets the chance to star in a Girlfriend magazine photo shoot. Most days, Ben Colvin is thinking about rugby or wishing for winter so he can hit the ski slopes. Yet late last year, the student at Redlands in Sydney received a phone call that changed the way he was thinking about his future. “I actually haven’t been interested in design and textiles that long,” said Ben. “We went to an information evening about all the subjects and I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do and I’d never really thought about textiles. But I talked to one of the textiles teachers and everything she said sounded interesting; it just kind of seemed like I could be all right at it.” And “all right at it” he was. Ben became the first male student to win AWI’s Wool4School design competition, topping more than 1100 entries from hundreds of schools Australia- wide. His military-inspired Merino wool outfit won over the judging panel, and was recently brought to life by leading Australian fashion designer Jonathan Ward. Ben, Jonathan and teen social influencer- turned-model Alex Hayes have now been photographed for Girlfriend, with the exclusive photo shoot published in the magazine’s February edition. Alex modelled Ben’s design, called ‘Something Missing’, which was a tribute Ben’s late grandfather and an outfit which Ben thought could be worn when visiting the battlefields in France. Sourcing the outfit’s fabric, AWI selected a 21 micron herringbone charcoal grey cloth, produced by Woolkhara Pty Ltd in Narrabri, NSW, and owned by ex-woolgrower Ray Jones. The jacket’s bright red lining is also 100 per cent pure Merino wool, made from a lightweight plain weave fabric. A lightweight plain weave pure wool fabric was also chosen for the cream shirt, with fabric sourced from Botto Giuseppe. The khaki green trousers are made form a 100 per cent wool Gabardine fabric, from Tollegno, with the waistband, detachable back pockets and diamond leg patches trimmed with a charcoal grey twill weave wool. “The competition is a wonderful way of introducing Australia’s beautiful Merino wool to the next generation of consumers and potential fashion designers, and encouraging them to think about the fibre source of clothing and how it is made” says AWI Wool4School project manager Ashley Hollis. MORE INFORMATION www.wool4school.com WOOL4SCHOOL IN GIRLFRIEND MAGAZINE Social influencer Alex Hayes (left) models the 2015 Wool4School winning design by Ben Colvin (right), which was brought to life by leading Australian fashion designer Jonathan Ward (centre). • The winner of AWI’s 2015 Wool4School student design competition starred with model Alex Hayes for a shoot in Girlfriend magazine’s February edition. • Wool4School offers a complete fashion design experience in the classroom, introducing a new generation of Australians to the versatility and benefits of wool. • The challenge has now been set for 2016, with students across the country set with the task of designing an outfit for an Australian sports team. Registrations are now open for the 2016 Wool4School competition. Students are asked to design an outfit for their favourite Australian sporting team and one which conveys the Aussie team spirit. The outfit, complete with a 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 teachers’ resource pack including Merino wool samples, videos and lesson plans 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 And #wool4school your progress! ENTER THE 2016 WOOL4SCHOOL COMPETITION
In the Shops - March 2016