RIC without walls, Textile students are currently working on the annual WoolMark company, ‘Wool4Schools’ competition, open to young designers in the UK, Hong Kong, Italy and Australia.
The fashion industry is one of the biggest polluters in the world and this competition challenges the students to design an outfit that is made from the eco fibre, wool, for an end user that will be traveling using an eco friendly method of transport.
This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to learn about this hero fibre whilst allowing the next generation of designers to find solutions to environmental issues.
As Kent is home to the Romney sheep we invited Rosie Green, designer in Residence from Romeny Tweed, to deliver a live webinar to our students. The students were taken on a journey discovering how the fleece from sheep reared here in Rochester, is then spun and woven into fabric. As well as the students learning the creative process from an industry specialist, the talk also raised awareness of local production and a circular economy.
They now have 2 weeks to come up with their designs before meeting Feng Chen Wang, a London-based designer at the forefront of a new generation of fashion talent to get some last tips before submitting their entries on 28th February.