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Beyond the Bale : June 2016
OFF FARM 17 STUDENT SEMINARS CONTINUE TO INSPIRE “W hat an amazing day – thank you! The seminar was so insightful, inspiring and interesting from start to finish. There was such a broad range of industry perspectives, and I completely see wool in a more exciting, sustainable and versatile way than before. Consider me inspired!” Such was the feedback from students attending AWI’s latest series of Merino wool seminars, held in London and Paris. These students are the industry’s future designers and decision makers, so it is important to inspire them to use wool now and continue to promote the fibre in their future professional endeavours. AWI hosts these initiatives to help ensure the long-term sustainability of the Australian wool industry. Held in London as part of AWI’s ‘Naturally Inspiring’ seminar series and in Paris as part of the Première Vision trade show, the two recent seminars together attracted more than 200 tertiary students. Those attending the London event were treated to exclusive expert insights from industry professionals including fashion commentator Colin McDowell, Marks & Spencer’s Head of Innovation and Quality for Menswear Mark Yates, UK menswear design duo Agi & Sam, and UNMADE co-founder Ben Alun-Jones. Students were surveyed after the seminar with 97% strongly agreeing that their knowledge of wool and the wool supply chain had increased significantly having attended the event. The Paris event included presentations by design consultant and Carruthers Associates Design Director Professor Sheila-Mary Carruthers and textile designer Riccardo Rami who is instrumental in the development of The Wool Lab sourcing guide, which students got to experience at the seminar. “It was very encouraging for me as a new woven textile designer,” said a university student attending the event. “There are lots of possibilities and opportunities I wasn’t aware of before. It was very stimulating and I’m excited to go home and research more into wool!” Indian designer Nachiket Barve’s Merino wool shawls can be worn in different ways, turning this accessory into the statement piece of any outfit. The Bugaboo Soft Wool Blanket, available in three colours, can be machine washed and tumble dried. Leading fashion commentator Colin McDowell giving a presentation to fashion and textile students at AWI’s ‘Naturally Inspiring’ seminar in London. AWI continues to host seminars to inspire and educate textile and fashion students, in the early stage of their careers, about the properties and benefits of Merino wool.
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