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Beyond the Bale : December 2012
recently won awards to visit Australia to learn more about the wool production pipeline and be encouraged to work with wool. Mr Chow was awarded the Australia Study Tour scholarship -- sponsored by the Flinders Merino woolgrower group -- whilst the other designers -- Yuliya Nip, Tak Shing, Loanna Lo, Grace Fung and Venus Lo -- won Best Use of Australian Merino awards sponsored by AWI which enabled them to visit Australia. "I'm very impressed with the wool industry in Australia," Mr Chow said. "The knowledge of wool can inspire me to produce designs that are more creative and innovative. In fashion it is very important to be outstanding: using good, quality wool in my designs can add value directly to them." The group visited South Australia's Flinders Ranges for a closer look at the source of the Merino wool they use in so many of their designs. John Parnell of the Flinders Merino woolgrower group said the group was keen 18 OFF-FARM December 2012 BEYOND THE BALE FAST FACTS l Six emerging designers from Hong Kong recently visited Australia as part of a study tour designed to educate the young designers about the wool production process. l The designers learnt all about wool fibre, and the supply chain from the farm through first stage processing to fashion. l AWI aims to raise awareness of the natural benefits of Australian Merino wool among fashion designers worldwide. Having more knowledge about wool can push me and inspire me to design more garments using wool and use the fibre in a different way." That's the assertion from young Hong Kong designer Key Chow, who along with five other emerging Hong Kong designers to raise the visiting designers' awareness of the natural benefits of Merino wool. "We have great pleasure in showing them our sheep and how the process works out here so that they then have an understanding of where the fibre comes from," he explained. "The designers have such a fresh approach to things and sometimes their themes contain elements that I've never even given consideration to before; so they really are wonderfully creative and that's seen in their designs." Flinders Merino has sponsored an Australia Study Tour scholarship for Hong Kong designers for several years. "The annual scholarship came about six years ago after we visited Hong Kong Polytechnic University and saw that not very many of the young design students were using wool," explained Geoff Power from Flinders Merino. "It's very important for us as woolgrowers to be able to relate to designers, to get them to use our product From Flinders fibre to fashion Woolgrower Warren Luckraft explaining Merino fibre to some of the young Hong Kong designers. "