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Wool tops the charts with Wool4School 2017

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Kylie Minogue, Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Sia and Taylor Swift are among the many superstars Australian school students have been designing for as part of the Wool4School competition. Now in its seventh year, Wool4School invites students to think about the versatility of various wool fabrics as part of a creative design of their own. In 2017, students were invited to design an onstage outfit for their favourite musician with access to an extensive resource library and free samples of both knitted and woven fabric in the classroom.

Illustration from Year 12 winning entry. To download all winning entries click here.

Kylie Minogue, Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Sia and Taylor Swift are among the many superstars Australian school students have been designing for as part of the Wool4School competition.

Now in its seventh year, Wool4School invites students to think about the versatility of various wool fabrics as part of a creative design of their own. In 2017, students were invited to design an onstage outfit for their favourite musician with access to an extensive resource library and free samples of both knitted and woven fabric in the classroom.

With more than 13,000 registrations and almost 1,000 final entries, Wool4School in 2017 was clearly a hit. Year level and teacher winners were spread widely across Australia and will share in more than $10,000 in prizes and rewards.

The Year 10 winner, Alice Wang from St George’s High School in NSW will see her design for SIA become reality with leading Australian designer Jonathan Ward making the garment. “Alice Wang’s winning entry designed for SIA was outstanding in who it was designed for and by incorporating and understanding how to utilise the properties of wool with the artist’s needs was excellent,” Mr Ward said.

Year 12 winner Chanelle Davenport from Innisfail State College in Queensland has won a scholarship to study at the prestigious Whitehouse Institute of Design. Institute founder Leanne Whitehouse said it was an honour for the Institute to partner with The Woolmark Company and contribute to the advancement of design in Australia through Wool4School.

“A very special and well-deserved congratulations to Chanelle Davenport on her winning design. Chanelle’s knowledge of Merino wool and her use of Merino innovations in her on-stage design for Kylie Minogue not only demonstrates a strong focus on trend, but she also shows a powerful sense of fashion, combining a measured balance of proportion, texture and colour. I look forward to welcoming Chanelle in 2018 and watching her design talent evolve and grow when she takes up her award of a scholarship to Whitehouse Institute of Design studying the Bachelor of Design. I would also like to extend congratulations to the runner-up Isabella Miller, and highly commend all 2017 Wool4School applicants for the high standard of their very creative entries.”

Winner of the Teacher Prize in 2017, Amy Kleindienst from Willoughby Girls High School in NSW said Wool4School was easy and fun to implement into the classroom and engaged the students given both the design brief and the many resources available.

Australian Wool Innovation Group Manager of Education and Extension Julie Davies added how Wool4School was an important part of an expanded education program at AWI and The Woolmark Company.

“We have an education offering to develop not only the next woolgrowers, textile experts and fashion designers but the next generation of consumers as well. It was very pleasing to see the 2017 winners coming from right across Australia, with both government and independent schools well represented, highlighting the wide attraction of the competition.”

Meanwhile, Wool4School continues to make a strong impression in both Hong Kong and England where an increasing number of students undertake a modified version of the competition.

YearNameSchool
Year 7 Winner Ella Neuwirth Genazzano FCJ College VIC
Year 7 Runner Up Leuk Nelson Marden Belridge Secondary College WA
Year 8 Winner Camille Bates Belridge Secondary College WA
Year 8 Runner Up Courtney Nielsen Nowra Christian School NSW
Year 9 Winner Sabrina Ward St Margaret’s College VIC
Year 9 Runner Up Sara Marta St Ursula’s College NSW
Year 10 Winner Alice Wang St George Girls High School NSW
Year 10 Runner up Cindy Kieu St Dominic’s Priory College SA
Year 11 Winner Hannah Jenkins Elderslie High School NSW
Year 11 Runner up Yan Ni Zhao Caroline Chisolm College VIC
Year 12 Winner Chanelle Davenport Innisfail State College QLD
Year 12 Runner up Isabella Hope-Miller Emmaus College/Kingswood College VIC
Teacher winner Amy Kleindienst Willoughby Girls High School NSW
Teacher Runner up tie Penny Chandler Kinross Wolaroi School NSW
Teacher Runner up tie Alison Stewart Nowra Christian School NSW

 

YearPrize
Year 7 $500 cash prize and a yearly Frankie Magazine subscription.
Year 8 $500 cash prize and a yearly Frankie Magazine subscription.
Year 9 $500 cash prize and a yearly Frankie Magazine subscription.
Year 10 $1000 cash prize, garment made by Australian designer and featured in Frankie Magazine. Flights and accommodation to Melbourne for the photo shoot.
Year 11 $1000 cash prize, 5 day internship with SABA, flights and 5 nights’ accommodation to Sydney, Frankie Magazine subscription and a Bernina sewing machine.
Year 12 Scholarship to Whitehouse Institute of Design in either Sydney or Melbourne, Frankie Magazine subscription and a Bernina sewing machine.
Runner up Frankie magazine subscription.
Teacher Prize $2000 cash prize, a Bernina sewing machine and 50 sewing kits for their class.

 

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Marius Cuming
Australian Wool Innovation, Corporate Communications
Email: marius.cuming@wool.com
Mobile: +61 400 305 716

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