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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2017-18
KEY RESULTS DURING 2017/18 A panel of industry experts speaking to textile and fashion students about wool at a Naturally Inspiring seminar in Melbourne in September 2017. TERTIARY EDUCATION • Seminars explaining the attributes, benefits and versatility of wool to textile and fashion students in the early stage of their career are an important component of AWI strategy. Examples of this type of seminar held this year are: o the ‘Naturally Inspiring’ seminars held in Sydney in May 2018 and Melbourne (RMIT and Melbourne Museum) in September 2017, and overseas in New York in September 2017, London in May 2018, Glasgow in March 2018 and Istanbul in March 2018 o workshops or Wool Appreciation Course at: Fashion Institute of Technology and Thomas Jefferson University (US); Bunka, ESMOD and Tokyo Mode Gakuen (Japan); ESMOD (Korea); IED Milano, Politecnico di Torino and Florence Polimoda Institute (Italy); IED Barcelona and IED Madrid (Spain); ESMOD and Institut Français de la Mode (France); NIFT and Pearl Mumbai and NID Bengaluru campus (India); Istanbul Aydın University and Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (Turkey); Raffles College and TAFE NSW (Australia); and the Merino Wool seminars held at the Première Vision trade shows in September 2017 and February 2018. • AWI unveiled the new Wool Education Centre at Donghua University’s Shanghai International College of Fashion and Innovation (SCF) in May 2018. As a research space devoted to promoting Australian wool, the new education centre highlights the fibre’s unique farm-to-fashion journey. Students can learn all about the different stages of wool manufacturing, including the process of turning greasy wool fibres into yarn and the latest information on AWI’s fabric and textile innovations. • In China, a series of Wool Education Courses including wool fibre science; raw wool scouring, top making, woollen and worsted spinning; wool dyeing; wool fabric finishing was delivered to: o 25 textile engineering students at Yantai- Nanshan University, China in September- October 2017 and again in February-March 2018 o Textile engineering students at Xian Polytechnic University in November 2017, Wuhan University, in October 2017 and April 2018 and at Chongqing University in June 2018. Additional universities in China will be included in 2018-19. • A course was held in May 2018 at Deakin University for Australian processors, woolgrowers and other interested parties. • In June 2018, 10 design students from University Technology Sydney visited Yantai-Nanshan University forming teams with Chinese textile engineering students to design and weave innovative textiles from wool. TERTIARY COMPETITIONS • AWI supported leading textile student design prizes to educate early career textile designers about the benefits of working with Merino wool. Examples this year included: o the UK’s Texprint design award and the Bradford Textile Society design award o in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong PolyU Institute of Textiles and Clothing’s graduation award o in Italy, the Milano Moda Graduate o in Japan, the Next Generation Award at the Bunka Fashion Graduate University o in Australia, the best use of wool fabric award at Raffles College, Sydney. • In January 2018, AWI launched a major new competition called the Woolmark Performance Challenge, in partnership with leading sports brand adidas. The competition focuses on the development of innovative, forward-thinking products for the performance industry and in its first year is open to tertiary students in Europe and North America. This competition is unique in that it offers the winner hands-on experience with a leading performance brand. What makes this competition even more exciting is the focus on innovation – with submissions expected to highlight the innovative nature of Merino wool, creating products which will not only take the fibre, but also the larger performance industry, into unchartered territory – see Sportswear section on page 18. • In India, AWI held its Wool Runway design competition for tertiary students that gave the students a chance to design an outfit, containing at least 80% Merino wool. There were three participating universities this year, with more than 700 tertiary fashion students from 15 campuses across India attending a Wool Appreciation Course held as part of the initiative. 15 students were selected for the final runway event in December 2017 that gained widespread media coverage in India. Models (back row) wearing the wool creations of the finalists in the Wool Runway design competition in India, with the designers (front row). 50 REPORT OF 2017/18 OPERATIONS – PROCESSING INNOVATION & EDUCATION EXTENSION
AWI Annual Report 2016-17