Eimear Boston-bound thanks to Junk Kouture competition

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

Niamh Larkin, Eimear Doody and Anne-Marie Flynn with their design
A STUDENT from Hospital will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when she travels to Boston to showcase her artistic talents as part of Ireland’s premier recycled fashion competition.

A STUDENT from Hospital will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when she travels to Boston to showcase her artistic talents as part of Ireland’s premier recycled fashion competition.

Eight designs have been chosen to represent Junk Kouture State-side.

Re-Silience, a striking design from John the Baptist Community School, Hospital will be showcased at iFest by student Eimear Doody who designed the dress along with Niamh Larkin and Anne-Marie Flynn.

Their teacher is Caoimh Ryan. This dress is made from different coloured out-of-date balloons. All the designs in the competition were created by talented secondary school students over the last three years as part of the recycled competition. Junk Kouture challenges secondary school students to create wearable art from materials that would normally find their way into the bin. Junk Kouture aims to inspire and ignite passion in these teenagers while at the same time subtly educating them about the importance of recycling and reusing waste for the good of the planet.

This American opportunity is all thanks to iFest – a unique and exhilarating celebration festival of Irish culture, heritage, hospitality, and entertainment held in Boston’s Seaport World Trade Centre. Seven other secondary school students from across the country will join Eimear when she flies to Boston next week to showcase their designs on the main stage at this exciting festival over the course of the weekend.

Other events taking place at iFest include amazing live performances; evocative music, dance, literature, and art; genealogy master-classes; a GAA sporting showcase; the story of Ireland told through engaging film and archive exhibits; the ultimate Guinness Experience; Jameson Irish Whiskey tastings; the Irish Tourism Showcase and iFest Food Village; and their lively Celebrity Chefs’ Theatre, delivering mouth-watering creative cuisine!

iFest Boston runs from September 26 – 28 and is described as “the ultimate Irish party, with the cream of Irish talent as our hosts, and our great friends in Boston as our cherished guests”.

Junk Kouture 2015 will be launched later in the month with the closing date being January 31, 2015.

Information packs will be sent to all secondary school art departments at the end of September.

To request an information please email info@junkkouture.com. See www.junkkouture.com.