After successfully competing in the Southern regional final at the start of March, three entries from West Cork have achieved places in the Grand Final of the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture competition on April 14. The West Cork finalists are joining creative teams from across the country on Ireland’s most prestigious stage to showcase their couture creations made from rubbish.
Bandon Grammar School’s students design ‘Asterozoa’, was made from waste paper, copper wire, and old curtains, along with the help of their teacher Mr Twomey; ‘Illuminati’ was designed by a Clonakilty Community College student, with help from his teacher Siobhan Lambert; and Colaiste Na Toirbhirte students, mentored by teacher Ms Moynihan, designed ‘Steel Elegance’.
Only 20 designs make it through to the Grand Final. Each team now hopes to walk away with the top prize of €2,500 for their school, iPad Minis and €500 cash for the team.
Students could also win the chance to walk the red carpet at the Royal Film Premiere in London with the Bank of Ireland Glamour prize or even a Limerick School of Art and Design Scholarship to cover their fees at the college for one full year of study.
As part of the judging process, the public can get involved by casting a vote for their favourite design through the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture voting app. Accessed through the BOIStudents Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BOIstudents), voting will close midnight Friday April 8. Individuals can cast a single vote every 24 hours. Votes account for 10 per cent of the final mark and can make a huge difference in such a heated competition.