Time running out for ‘rubbish’ students
Creative students in Derry and Donegal are being urged to transform rubbish into high fashion as part of an Ireland-wide competition.
Second level students are in with the chance to win 20,000 euro in prizes at the grand final, including 2,500 euro in cash for the winning school, 1,000 euro of IT equipment, 500 euro cash and a one week course in the Grafton Academy of Design for the winning team, the chance to attend the Cannes Film Festival 2013 and attend the Royal Film Premiere in London.
The closing date for entries for the 2013 Junk Kouture Recycled Fashion competition - in association with the European Recycling Platform (ERP) - is January 31.
Created in 2010 by Buncrana entrepreneurs Elizabeth O’Donnell and Troy Armour, the Junk Kouture competition has seen thousands of teenagers’ work submitted over the past two years, with some spectacular and awe-inspiring pieces gracing the competition’s regional and national catwalks.
Elizabeth O’Donnell said: “We’re always intrigued to know just what the students will come up with at the competition’s regional heats, but we’ve been really blown away at the standard and levels of creativity as well as the cool things which these kids have done with other people’s junk. I imagine 2013 will be no different so we’re really looking forward to working with schools right across Ireland to bring junk back to a very fashionable life. It’s really easy to enter and, importantly in the current climate, it’s also now free too.”
Scott Butler, Managing Director, ERP added: “Junk Kouture in association with ERP showcases the very best in young design and we are delighted to be supporting the competition in its third year. Sustainability and recycling are at the core of ERP’s business and this message has been communicated in a really creative and eye-catching manner over the last two years. We would like to wish all the entrants the very best of luck and remind them not to forget the mandatory element of electrical waste in their design.”
Last year’s competition saw Orla O’Hagan reach the grand final with her design Battle of the Sexes, a creation made from metal, leather and wire among other things. Orla is a pupil at Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana and Junk Kouture is encouraging more pupils from Inishowen and Derry to take part this year. Orla has designed another creation this year and hopes go even further and win the competition this year.
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