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Beyond the Bale : March 2014
25 OFF-FARM outfit fit for a royal and made from more than 80 per cent wool. Sophie chose the Duchess of Cambridge, basing the sketch around “the love of Will and Kate” and designing a dress for the Duchess to wear on her wedding anniversary. The design incorporated a stunning mix of wool lace, wool crepe and wool devoré. “We did a lot of work on wool and its properties and the different ways of how you can use it, so I learned a lot,” Sophie said. “I didn’t know wool could be so versatile.” Sophie’s sophisticated design wowed the judging panel: her mood boards, March 2014 BEYOND THE BALE How to get involved in Wool4Skool® 2014 and help educate the next generation about the benefits of Australian Merino wool To coincide with the 50 year anniversary of the Woolmark logo, the 2014 Wool4Skool® theme is the past 50 years of fashion. Students are being asked to design an outfit – made from at least 80 per cent Merino wool – inspired by the 1960s, 70s, 80s, 90s or current era. More than 5000 student registrations from across Australia have already been received. Registrations close on 31 May 2014. WOOLGROWERS AND PARENTS Contact your local high school and encourage them to get involved in the Wool4Skool® program. Information for schools and teachers is available at www.wool4skool.com YEAR 7-11 TEACHERS Simply register your school and year groups at www.wool4skool.com to receive a free Merino wool fabric pack and resource kit for the classroom. Registration closes 31 May 2014. YEAR 7-11 STUDENTS Learn more about the competition at www.wool4skool.com and then talk to your teacher about getting your year group involved. Submissions close: Years 7 & 8: 17 July 2014; Years 9 & 10: 24 July 2014; Year 11 & teachers: 31 July 2014. creative statement and final sketch were well thought out and showed a high level of maturity, with Ward describing it as “world class”. “When I first saw Sophie’s design I was really blown away... it had this lovely rhythm The Wool4Skool® feature in January’s Girlfriend magazine. from her first three designs to her final design,” he said. “It showed experience and thought.” Sophie's teacher at Kinross, Megan Coombes, explained how Kinross Wolaroi School got involved in the program: “Kinross entered Wool4Skool® for the first time last year after a student saw the competition advertised in the Girlfriend magazine. We ran it as the first unit for Stage 5, year 10 class. The students entered as a class with each of them designing for a member of the royal family which ranged from the Queen, Prince Harry to the classic beauties like Kate and Zara. “The benefits of the competition for us as a department included the information, lesson plans and resources supplied to the school upon entering the competition. The fact the students weren't required to make the garment enabled them to design without restraint, which in turn led to a stronger creative process taking place. The students in turn had a more intimate learning experience with the fibre which they might not have necessarily had without the competition. “We will be doing it again this year and are looking forward to the new and exciting brief.” The Wool4Skool® program is another initiative developed by AWI as part of its education portfolio which continues to reconnect new generations of Australians with our country’s most famous fibre. More information: www.wool4skool.com