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Beyond the Bale : September 2018
36 OFF FARM First launched in 2014, AWI’s Naturally Inspiring seminars have become a must- attend event for tertiary students, with the seminars being held in key textile education hubs across the world. The seminars not only offer students the chance to learn about wool and the numerous ways to work with the fibre, but also give exclusive insights into the fashion, retail and textile industries from experts in the field. “It was really fantastic and inspiring; I was already a wool fan but even more so now. It was great to see it in a commercial perspective.” Student, Falmouth University This year, AWI has hosted Naturally Inspiring seminars in Sydney, Glasgow, London and Istanbul, increasing AWI’s engagement with the next generation of decision makers, whilst educating them about Merino wool’s provenance, benefits and place in contemporary fashion and textiles. “It was an exceptionally well- structured program - so inspirational for the students.” Tutor, Kingston University, England Naturally Inspiring brings together expert panels of speakers such as fashion designers, product buyers, fabric suppliers and creative directors – as well as from within AWI – each bringing to the mix their own career journey and assisting AWI nurture the future talent of the wool industry. Former Wool4School winner, Chanelle Davenport, who is now studying at Whitehouse School of Design in Sydney was in the audience at the Sydney seminar. “The presentations gave a comprehensive breakdown of all the many benefits of Merino wool and the various ways it can be used,” she said. AWI continues to educate tertiary textile and fashion students about the properties and benefits of Australian wool as well as various employment opportunities within the industry – providing the students with a knowledge of and connection with the fibre which will stay with them as they progress through their professional lives. NATURALLY INSPIRING STUDENT SEMINARS ENGLAND London's Naturally Inspiring event was hosted by the Australian High Commission, with Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, His Excellency the Hon George Brandis QC opening the event. AWI brought together expert speakers including textile design expert Sheila- Mary Carruthers, fabric and knitwear development manager Natasha Lenart from Victoria Beckham Ltd; Chelsea Coleman from interior fabric producer Bute Fabrics; and International Woolmark Prize menswear winners Matthew Dainty and Ben Cottrell of COTTWEILER and Matthew Miller. SCOTLAND Glasgow hosted a Naturally Inspiring seminar for the first time. AWI brought together expert speakers including textile design expert Sheila-Mary Carruthers, fabric and knitwear development manager Natasha Lenart from Victoria Beckham Ltd, Maggie Smart from Folk Clothing, Paul Smith designer Andrew Stevenson, and International Woolmark Prize menswear winner Matthew Miller. Held at the Glasgow School of Art, a tremendous day was had by all attendees. TURKEY Naturally Inspiring returned to Istanbul, Turkey, and was officially opened by the Australian Ambassador to Turkey, His Excellency Marc Innes-Brown. A unique line-up of speakers included designer and product manager Mathias Menger from wool manufacturer Yünsa; founder and CEO of menswear brand Hemington, Umut Boz; head designer at Hatemoğlu, Kudret Saka; International Woolmark Prize alumni Asu Aksu and Giray Sepin; and AWI’s research and development manager for Europe, Birgit Gahlen. AUSTRALIA Held at Carriageworks in Sydney, AWI brought together an expert panel of speakers, including ethical fashion journalist Clare Press; wool industry experts Rajesh Bahl and Carol Stubbs; general manager of product at APG & Co, Elisha Hopkinson; yarn and fabric sourcing expert Natalie Skubel; national sales manager for Holland & Sherry in Australia and New Zealand, Nicole Fourniotis; fashion designer Jonathan Ward; and International Woolmark Prize alumni Mario-Luca Carlucci from Strateas Carlucci and Blair Archibald.
In the Shops - September 2018