Pres and St. Pats in Junk Kouture Joint Venture

Members of the combined Presentation and St. Patrick’s Secondary School with their finished Junk Kouture competition entries. Front from left: Amy Walsh, Bryan Daly, Ian O’Neill, Alison Ward, Danute Voveryte and Laura O’Shea. Back from left: Gráinne O’Connor, Grace Daly, Ciara Sheehan, Maria Daly, Ava Flaherty, Alanna Glennon, Sarah O’Mahony and Aisling Kearney. ©Photograph: John Reidy
Presentation Castleisland Art Teacher, Katie O’Reilly co-ordinated the Junk Kouture entries from the school’s art room. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Transition Year students from Presentation Secondary School and St. Patrick’s Secondary School in Castleisland have joined their creative forces to proudly present their Junk Kouture entries for 2019.

Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture is an all island competition for secondary school students which takes elements such as fashion, design, engineering and environmental sustainability and transforms them into wearable pieces of art.

Aspiring Young Designers

“Each year aspiring young designers from our joint Transition Year in Presentation Secondary School and St. Patrick’s Secondary School here in Castleisland enter the competition,” said Presentation art teacher, Katie O’Reilly.

“The imagination, dedication and enthusiasm needed to complete entries in this competition is no mean feat.

One Person Modelling

“Students can enter individually, in groups of two or three, with one person in the group modelling the finished product,” Ms. O’Reilly continued.

“The groups must firstly decide on what material to make their wearable pieces of art from. Materials can only include those which have previously had a different purpose and were used for that purpose.

Whole School Involved

“Then these materials have to be collected, often with the whole school getting involved in collecting the recycled goods.

“Then the group must design the outfit, often with no imagination spared. The groups work on their designs during art class and after school on Mondays and some Tuesdays and all the time working up to the photo shoot at the end of January before the deadline for submission.

Finalists Announced On-Line

“Two weeks after entering the competition the successful entrants who have secured a place in the regional finals in Limerick are announced on line.

“In the two years that our joint Transition Year programme has entered this competition we have been successful each year in getting to the regional finals in UL.

Six Wearable Pieces

“This year there were six wearable pieces of art being prepared for this week’s entry deadline.

“Outfits include one made from teddy bears and Lego, one from plastic bottles, one from farming fertiliser bags, one from makeup wipes and makeup brushes, one from the leather from old handbags, shoes and jackets and one from past Junior Cert exam papers. Best of luck to all involved,” said Ms. O’Reilly – who directs the creations and preparations for the competition from her art class in The Pres.

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