We are delighted to congratulate four students from our Textiles Technology classes, as well as their teacher, Mrs Shelley Whitelock, on their superb results in a national fashion design competition.
Woolmark and Wool4School
Woolmark’s Wool4School Design Competition each year looks for students across the country from Year 7 to 12 and invites them to design an outfit primarily from Australian Merino wool. The design can be from one to four separate pieces. Since the competition was launched in 2012, more than 16,000 students have taken part, so competition is fierce! Students learn the fundamentals of fashion design—and there are some pretty impressive prizes on offer too.
Four fashion design finalists in a tight competition
We are thrilled that four of our students have been named finalists in this very tight field.
Congratulations to Jemma Copland who was named as one of seven NSW Year 10 finalists, and to Hannah Gerritsen who was named as one of four Year 9 NSW finalists. Both students prepared an end-user profile, annotated fashion illustration and 500-word creative statement to justify their design choices in relation to the specified brief. Their work was completed as a Stage 5 Textiles Technology assessment task.
Congratulations also to Natasha Brown and Anika Gupta who were named as two of the three NSW Year 7 finalists. These students, along with several of their peers, chose to attend optional lunchtime sessions throughout Term 2 to learn more about Australian merino wool and work on their entries. The competition had sparked their interest after viewing some entries completed by Stage 5 Textiles Technology students last year. They prepared an annotated fashion illustration to showcase their design and highlight the specific fabric properties of merino wool and design features most suited to address the needs of their intended end user.
This year, students were asked to design a multi-functional outfit that highlighted innovation and their creativity as a designer. The outfit had to incorporate at least 80 percent Australian Merino wool and could include up to four items. Students focused on the growing need for designers to address innovation, sustainability and reducing waste, whilst responding to user-centred needs. They used creative and critical-thinking techniques to develop a multi-functional outfit as a response to specific design needs. The state finalists were chosen by an expert panel of judges.
Textiles Technology teacher Mrs Whitelock named national runner up!
Teachers are also invited to take part in Wool4School by submitting a summary of how the competition was implemented into the school’s specific program. There are only two prizes presented in this field nationally, and we were thrilled to learn that Mrs Shelley Whitelock was named as the Teacher Runner Up this year! Congratulations to Mrs Whitelock for this very impressive achievement.
We commend our students for the way they applied their design skills, knowledge and creativity to address contemporary textile needs. With over 800 entries this year across Australia, they have achieved something phenomenal.
For more information about the competition and this year’s winners, visit Wool4School.