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Beyond the Bale : September 2013
If fashion designer Jonathan Ward says your work is good, you know you must be onto a real winner, something that is in fact fit for a royal. And that’s exactly how the leading Australian designer viewed the work of Year 10 student Sophie Aylward. Sophie, from Kinross Wolaroi School, Orange, in the central west of NSW, was this year’s winner of AWI’s Wool4Skool competition with the theme Fit for Royalty. With the expansion into Years 7 and 8, this year’s Wool4Skool competition attracted more than 1200 entries from across Australia, with students taking part in the real-life fashion design experience and learning about the versatility and potential of Australian Merino wool. Planned by teachers and textile experts for the Years 7 to 10 education curriculum, Wool4Skool offered a rewarding design experience without students actually having to make the garment. Entrants were aided by fabric samples and extensive educational resources developed in-line with the Design and Technology curriculum. Content creator and judge for Wool4Skool 2013, Katrina Wheaton- Penniall, said it was encouraging to see how many teachers had picked up the competition and embedded it into their classroom teaching. “This was evident in the quality of entries that were submitted from a broad range of schools from across the country,” she said. “The standard and variety of entries was outstanding and I hope everyone enjoyed being involved.” Student winners were chosen across each year level and there were finalists in each state, but it is Sophie’s design which will be brought to life by Jonathan Ward and feature in a photoshoot in Girlfriend magazine. Mr Ward, who grew up on a property near Tottenham and has been executive designer at R.M. Williams for more than 10 years, said he was very much looking forward to working with the winning design. This entry involved a strong creative statement about the qualities of wool,” he said. “The student had researched the fabric and style of garment likely to be worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, formerly Kate Middleton. It ticked all the boxes.” And, according to the lucky winner she had indeed carried out extensive research before submitting her final entry. “I did lots of research on what kind of clothes the Duchess of Cambridge wore and what suited her,” Sophie said. “All her clothes are very elegant and beautiful.” Sophie participated in Wool4Skool as part of her Textiles and Design class and learned about wool’s properties. She said it made her think differently about wool and exposed her to the fibre’s versatility. “I didn’t know wool could do this. When I thought of wool I thought of knitted clothes. “I worked under the theme ‘The love of Will and Kate’ and my final design is for Kate to wear on her two-year wedding anniversary. “The bodice is made from wool devoré, which has the pattern of the lace from Kate’s wedding dress burnt into the wool. The full-length pedal skirt is from finely woven Merino wool.” More information: www.wool.com/wool4skool Wool4Skool Year 10 winner Sophie Aylward from Kinross Wolaroi School, Orange. PHOTO: Steve Gosch, Central Western Daily September 2013 BEYOND THE BALE 19 OFF-FARM • Year 10: Sophie Aylward, Kinross Wolaroi School, Orange, NSW. • Year 9: Lian Koh, St Andrew’s Cathedral School, Sydney, NSW. • Year 8: Maggie Catalano, Loreto Mandeville Hall, Toorak, Vic. • Year 7: Sophie Capoccia, St Dominic's Priory College, North Adelaide, SA. • Teacher winner: Nicole Koinuma from Noosa District State High School, Noosa, Qld 2013 Wool4Skool winners FAST FACTS l This year’s Wool4Skool competition which had a theme of “fit for royalty” attracted a record number of more than 1200 entries from students across Australia. l Wool4Skool offers a complete fashion design experience in the classroom, introducing a new generation of Australians to the versatility and benefits of wool. l The AWI initiative was planned by teachers and textile experts in line with the Years 7 to 10 education curriculum.