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Beyond the Bale : September 2016
WOOL4SCHOOL HONG KONG AWI has expanded its Wool4School student design competition overseas into Hong Kong to help the next generation in this important textile region to champion Australian wool. AWI’s student design competition Wool4School was this year officially rolled out in Hong Kong, as secondary school students were invited to join a tailor-made competition to celebrate the natural benefits and versatility of Australian Merino wool. Supported by the Hong Kong government’s Education Bureau, AWI encouraged Hong Kong secondary students to design an outfit, made from at least 70 per cent Australian Merino wool, for their favourite sports team. Entries came in thick and fast, Lizzie Kimbley and her award-winning Merino wool entry. BRADFORD TEXTILE SOCIETY AWARDS AWI funded an award at the prestigious Bradford Textile Society 2015/16 design competition to help promote Merino wool to tertiary students in the thriving UK textile industry. Textile Design student Lizzie Kimbley from Norwich University of the Arts has won the 2016 Woolmark Company Award as part of the Bradford Textile Society Awards. The award invites entrants to create a woven or knitted fashion fabric containing a minimum 60 per cent Merino wool. “For this project I looked at textures within decaying buildings such as peeling paint, crumbling plaster, lichen and so on,” explained Lizzie. “I wanted a soft yet textured feel to the cloth, so hand-dyed Merino wool combined with some textured yarns in different weights was perfect for this. I was really pleased with the final samples and love the way the yarns settled together after the finishing processes.” The Bradford Textile Society, established in 1893, is the oldest of its kind in Britain and continues to open doors to the next generation of designers and technicians. As part of the prize, Lizzie has the opportunity to complete one week’s work experience with International Woolmark Prize winner Teatum Jones. “I hope to gain an insight into textile design for the fashion industry. I’m looking forward to finding out about their design process, what materials they work with and seeing the fabrics they create.” The winning design in the Senior competition, of Lee Hei Ching at St Catharine’s School for Girls. The winners and placegetters of the Junior and Senior competitions receiving their certificates at the Wool Resource Centre (see page 16). with students designing outfits for a range of sports including running, ice skating, swimming and hockey. With an expert judging panel including leading Australian fashion designer Jonathan Ward, AWI Group Manager Trade Education Julie Davies, Wiseknit Factory Ltd Chief Designer and fashion lecturer Florence Tang, and Hong Kong Design Institute fashion lecturer Roxana Chan, competition was fierce. “This year’s winning Senior entry (see below) showcases the student’s outstanding ability to design a unique, active, contemporary and versatile garment that utilises the sporting theme and heroes Australian Merino wool,” explained Mr Ward. MORE INFORMATION www.wool4school.com OFF FARM 15
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