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Beyond the Bale : December 2016
Registrations are now open for the 2017 Wool4School design competition, with AWI encouraging all Australian high school students to enter. Next year’s competition has expanded to include Year 12 students, with the winner to be offered the exceptional opportunity to attend the prestigious Whitehouse Institute of Design under a full scholarship to further their education in the fashion industry. Last year’s Wool4School competition winner in the Year 11 category, Chanelle Davenport from Innisfail State College, is delighted that she will be able to take part in next year’s competition as a Year 12 student. With her eyes set on becoming a fashion designer after high school, Chanelle entered the 2016 Wool4School competition knowing it was a great opportunity to gain an insight into the fundamentals of design. “It’s also one of few competitions open to someone my age,” Chanelle said. “In Far North Queensland, we don't have a lot of opportunity to wear wool, so I was excited to learn that wool could be used to create so many unique fabrics. “I’m extremely happy that Wool4School has opened up to year 12 and I will certainly be entering again – the more experience the better. I have felt it has helped me hone my skills in designing as well as opening up new opportunities for me to explore after school. I just love the fact that it’s a great way for young people interested in fashion design to gain experience in the industry. I enjoyed the whole process from the initial idea to planning the product.” Since its launch in 2012, Wool4School has evolved to include more than 40,000 students nationwide, as well as extending into Hong Kong. For high school students dreaming of becoming a fashion designer, next year’s brief is to design an outfit for their favourite musician to wear on stage during a performance. The original outfit must be made from at least 80 per cent Australian Merino wool and include a wool accessory. While participating students do not have to make their designs, students illustrate and carefully describe the textiles used in their work. State and year level winning students and teachers have the opportunity to win some amazing prizes. AWI Group Manager for Education & Extension, Julie Davies, said Wool4School is an important part of an expanded education program at AWI. "We have an education offering to develop not only the next woolgrowers, textile experts and fashion designers but the next generation of consumers as well. EXPANDS TO YEAR 12 STUDENTS WOOL4SCHOOL AWI’s Wool4School student design competition has expanded to include Year 12 students, allowing all high school students to explore the versatility of Australian Merino wool and gain insights into the fashion industry. WOOL4SCHOOL 2017 GETS MUSICAL An extract from Chanelle’s winning entry in the 2016 competition. Students were asked to design an outfit for an Australian sports team, which also reflected the Aussie team spirit. For Chanelle, a tennis outfit proved a winner in the Year 11 category. Year 11 2016 Wool4School winner Chanelle Davenport from Innisfail State College in Queensland and her mother Janice. It was very pleasing to see the 2016 winners coming from right across Australia, with both government and independent schools well represented, highlighting the wide attraction of the competition." MORE INFORMATION www.wool4school.com Registrations are now open for the 2017 competition. Students are asked to design an outfit for their favourite musician to wear on stage during a performance. The outfit, complete with wool accessory, should be made from at least 80 per cent Australian Merino wool. 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 7-12 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 7-12 students Learn more about the exciting competition at www.wool4school.com and talk to your teacher about getting involved. Key dates Registrations and submissions open: 30 November 2016 Registrations close: 31 May 2017 Submissions close: 26 July 2017 22 OFF FARM
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