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Beyond the Bale : December 2017
AWI continues to encourage the use of Merino wool in textile designs, by once again sponsoring an award at Texprint – the UK’s leading graduate design prize. FROM LITTLE THINGS BIG THINGS GROW Pages from the Year 12 and Year 10 winning entries of the 2017 Wool4School competition, showing how wool could be incorporated in designs for music sensations Kylie Minogue (left) and Sia (right) respectively. Woven textile designer Rosie Moorman was announced the winner of the 2017 Texprint Award sponsored by The Woolmark Company, at the Première Vision trade show in Paris. The award shines the spotlight on the best emerging textile designers studying at colleges across the UK. Rosie, a graduate from Loughborough University, was praised by judges Maurizio Sarti of illustrious Italian textile manufacturer Lanificio Faliero Sarti and radical UK designer Charles Jeffrey for her experimental use of colour. Those eligible for The Woolmark Company Texprint Award must incorporate a minimum of 60% Merino wool into their textiles and demonstrate a good understanding of the fibre’s qualities and potential application in fabric. The Woolmark Company – the marketing subsidiary of AWI – has supported this special prize for seven years. No stranger to wool, Rosie works solely with noble fibres and hand-dyes her work. The winning collection was inspired by the landscapes and moorlands of her native Yorkshire. “Rosie’s work uses colour beautifully and she has developed her ideas so well,” said Roberto Sarti about the young designer’s work. “There is a spirit of experimentation, but she also shows a good technique for industry. We are happy to be part of the judging team as The Woolmark Company is making a great job trying to discover and help new talent and designers.” By winning the award, Rosie will receive ongoing support from The Woolmark Company and opportunities to learn about developments, innovations and the supply chain for wool. In addition, The Woolmark Company sponsored a dedicated presence for Rosie at the Intertextile Shanghai trade show in October. “As a firm believer of education and fostering the development of future design talent, The Woolmark Company is pleased to once again support this important award scheme and invest in the future of the textile industry, whilst highlighting the innovative nature of Merino wool,” added AWI General Manager, Processing Innovation & Education Extension, Julie Davies. UK TEXTILE GRADUATES SHINE SPOTLIGHT ON WOOL Winner of The Woolmark Company Texprint Award Rosie Moorman with some examples of her winning woven wool fabric. “It is a unique situation to have students in Year 6 teaching Year 10 students,” says Mrs Merriman. “The relationship seems to be a perfect fit. Year 6 students increase their level of technical language and become leaders in knowledge and activities, while Year 10 students experience outdoor, hands-on farm life with access to farmers to ask questions more relevant to their curriculums. “The BEEP program is about planting seeds of knowledge for the future. It is about a community of teachers, who happen be farmers, and learners, who all share a common goal. It is their wish that other communities will look for the possibilities in their own areas and invite others in to learn about ‘all things rural’ for a lifetime.” AWI’s ‘Learn About Wool’ kits – which contain fact sheets, fibre and fabric samples, posters and additional online resources to use in the classroom – are utilised in the BEEP initiative. Further information is at www.learnaboutwool.com Winner of the Teacher Prize in 2017, Amy Kleindienst from Willoughby Girls High School in NSW said Wool4School was easy and fun to implement into the classroom and engaged the students given both the design brief and the many resources available. MORE INFORMATION wool4school.com OFF FARM 31