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Beyond the Bale : September 2012
Australia's multicultural population, bushfires, floods, sunsets and Australia's famous coastline are all featured in the winning Wool4Skool designs for 2012. Planned within the classroom syllabus for year 9 and 10 Design and Technology students, Wool4Skool offers a real-life fashion design experience using fine Australian wool. Over 200 schools around Australia received 3600 fabric packs containing Merino fabric samples to inspire year 9 and 10 students to draw and interpret their version of "Modern Australia" in a garment. The Wool4skool project represents the first time wool has been placed within the formal school curriculum at this level. The 240 final student entries were judged by fabric, design and fashion experts including leading fashion designer Jonathon Ward, award winning Design and Technology teacher Katrina Wheaton-Penniall and AWI textile expert Roy Kettlewell. The overall winning student design came from Brooke Pearce of the Southern Highlands Christian School, Bowral, NSW. The design is inspired by Australia's multicultural nature and features a colourful reference to the molecule of life, DNA. Her design will now be made into a finished garment by Jonathon Ward and earns Brooke $2500 in prize money and a fashion shoot of the winning garment in Girlfriend magazine. "Brooke's entry displayed a very good understanding of the characteristics of Merino wool and its versatility, Mr Ward said. "She converted her mood board inspiration into a unique garment design. I look forward to working with Brooke and making the piece and in doing so giving Brooke a sense of the fashion industry from my perspective." The teacher that best incorporated Wool4skool into the classroom was Kelcie Bryant of St Patricks College, Campbelltown, NSW. Ms Bryant adapted the significant teacher resources available on the Wool4Skool website into the classroom of 40 year 10 students, with 19 student entries. Ms Bryant has won $2500 for her innovative adoption of wool4skool. Creators of the Wool4skool project, AWI's Marius Cuming and Renee Trad thanked all schools that participated this year, saying the feedback from teachers was very encouraging and they looked forward to expanding the project further in 2013. "It has been terrific to have so many school students thinking about wool, feeling the Merino fabrics and getting an appreciation for a natural fibre that has such a strong connection to Australia's heritage as well as our future," Mr Cuming added. All students who submitted an entry will receive a Wool4skool certificate of participation. More information: www.wool4skool.com FAST FACTS l AWI's Wool4Skool competition has been building an awareness of the natural benefits and versatility of wool among a new generation. l Students entering the competition had to submit fashion design sketches of their interpretation of "Modern Australia". l Teachers were also encouraged to get involved -- the competition was aligned with a number of syllabus areas of the curriculum. Part of the winning 2012 Wool4Skool design created by Brooke Pearce, Southern Highlands Christian School, Bowral, NSW. Wool4Skool winners announced September 2012 BEYOND THE BALE 16 OFF-FARM The following state Wool4Skool winners will receive a wool prize pack from AWI: l Queensland: Mercedes Rigby-Ellis, Sunshine Beach State High School. l South Australia: Samantha Farrell, Murraylands Christian College, Strathalbyn. l Victoria: Kate Donaldson, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School. l Tasmania: Tessa Parsons, The Friends School, Hobart. l Western Australia: Natalie Fretton, Great Southern Grammar, Albany.