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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2017-18
Parsons Paris students and their winning Merino wool garments created during an education program from AWI and French fashion house Cerruti 1881. TERTIARY COLLABORATIONS • Leading Paris-based students at renowned design school Parsons Paris were given the opportunity to work with Merino wool alongside renowned fashion house Cerruti 1881, as part of a program co- developed by AWI. The students were tasked to develop a wool-rich capsule collection, whilst gaining real-life experience across design, merchandising, and marketing. Their collections were judged in December 2018 by a panel comprising fashion industry heavyweights. • AWI, American outdoor clothing brand Woolrich and the Accademia Costume & Moda collaborated to present a special project for third-year Costume & Fashion students to develop a capsule collection using Merino wool. • Always keen to be at the forefront of new opportunities for wool and encourage innovative thinking, AWI was involved in the 2017 HIF Cloud program, run by the University of NSW (UNSW). During the program, 24 UNSW students travelled to Hong Kong and China in November to design futuristic prototypes for the next generation of wearable technology. TERTIARY STUDY TOURS • AWI helps support wool supply chain study tours of Australia for overseas students. Examples in 2017/18 included the winners of the AWI-supported Hong Kong PolyU Institute of Textiles and Clothing’s graduation awards; ‘Biella Masters’ postgraduate students (Italy); and the winner of the Bunka Fashion Graduate University award (Japan). Winner of the Bunka Fashion Graduate University award Daniel Hirozawa from Japan with woolgrower Rod Edwards during his visit to ‘Bohara’ near Goulburn, NSW. • AWI organised for a group of tertiary fashion and textile students from Melbourne (Monash University, RMIT University and Whitehouse Institute of Design) to visit a wool-growing property and a knitwear manufacturer, to further expand their understanding of wool’s farm to fashion journey. • Study tours overseas included The Woolmark Company Prato Study Scholarship in which two Australian students visited the industry at Biella in Italy; and the sponsorship of students from Parsons School of Design (New York) to visit the mill of American Woolen Company in Connecticut. WOOL APPRECIATION COURSE • AWI continued to hold its successful Wool Appreciation Courses in Australia and overseas, offering insights into the production pipeline of Merino wool apparel – from fibre to garment. It also details the unique benefits, performance and fabric attributes of wool and wool products. Delivered by AWI’s technical experts face-to-face to brands, designers, manufacturers and students, the courses can be tailor-made for individual companies and educational institutions, to provide simple and practical explanations of wool processing. • The Wool Appreciation Course has this year been converted to an e-learning platform available at the new online Woolmark learning Centre at www.woolmarklearningcentre.com. The online course is available to anybody across the world and allows the user to complete the coursework at a pace that suits them. The course includes 15 in- depth modules – from fibre to fashion. On completion of the course, users will be able to gain their own Wool Appreciation Badge from Credly, which can be displayed on the user’s own digital professional portfolio such as LinkedIn. • A separate Wool Introductory Course, available at http://intro.woolmarklearningcentre.com, is a shorter 25-minute version of the course. This piece primarily focuses on The Woolmark Company, features and benefits of wool as well as some additional units on manufacturing, fashion and current innovations. The Wool Appreciation Course has this year been converted to an e-learning platform available at www.woolmarklearningcentre.com. REPORT OF 2017/18 OPERATIONS – PROCESSING INNOVATION & EDUCATION EXTENSION 51
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