Naturally Inspiring workshop for Sydney students

20 August 2014

Part of The Woolmark Company’s ongoing commitment to nurturing emerging talent includes hosting student seminars to educate the next generation about entering the fashion, textile and design industry, while inspiring them to think about using Merino wool as they embark on their career path.

Sydney textile and design students discover The Wool Lab and the unique benefits of Merino wool at a Naturally Inspiring workshop
Sydney textile and design students discover The Wool Lab and the unique benefits of Merino wool at a Naturally Inspiring workshop.

Earlier this year a seminar was held in London explaining the benefits and versatility of wool to textile and fashion students. More recently in August, Sydney played host to a seminar titled Naturally Inspiring, which attracted more than 130 students and teachers from the city’s design colleges.

Hosted by The Woolmark Company consultant and IWTO president Peter Ackroyd - who also gave a presentation on international buying trends and the role of The Woolmark Company - the seminar affirmed The Woolmark Company’s role as the leading authority in the textile and fashion industry and showcased a variety of career possibilities available for those wanting to work with wool.

Guest speakers included:

  • The Woolmark Company Global Innovations Manager Roy Kettlewell who presented The Woolmark Company’s Wool Appreciation Course and spoke about some of the latest innovations using Merino wool 
  • The Woolmark Company Category Manager (Mothers and Babies) Carol Stubbs presenting the autumn/winter 2015/16 edition of The Wool Lab
  • The Woolmark Company Global Marketing Communications Manager Melissa Grace discussing the importance of the International Woolmark Prize and how to prepare for the coveted award
  • Creative Director Rachel Allen of apparel brand and retailer MARCS discussing opportunities within the industry
  • STRATEAS.CARLUCCI co-designer Mario-Luca Carlucci – the International Woolmark Prize Australia finalist for menswear and womenswear – giving a rare and personal insight into the International Woolmark Prize journey and how the brand is preparing for the global finals.

Raffles College of Design teacher Leonie Smith praised The Wool Lab, saying it was fabulous for students to see and it opened the students’ eyes as to the variety of wool fabrics available, adding she would be interested in sourcing wool fabrics for her students to work with.

Whitehouse Institute of Design student Sarah Perry said she thought the seminar had “the perfect mix of science and the fashion of wool”. Fellow student Felicity van Elst from Open Colleges echoed this sentiment, saying the seminar was “extremely useful, inspirational and educational – a perfect mix of technical background, design implications and practical applications”.