Tuesday, August 3, 2010



SHEEPVENTION kicked off in style yesterday with a 19-year-old Richmond student winning the Australasian Young Designers Wool Award.

Melanie Steiszkal from Kangan Batman Institute took out the annual awards, which are now in their 10th year, winning a trip to Milan.

Judge Leah Paff, creative director of Waverley Woollen Mills, said the winning design displayed technical excellence and pushed the boundaries of design with wool.

Melanie plans to launch her own label after completing her study and said she found wool easy to work.

"I'll definitely use wool a lot, especially if this is the success you can have with it, so so far so good!".

Sheepvention, at Hamilton, is Australia's largest sheep field days, attracting more than 25,000 people annually.

The field days kicked off yesterday and was opened by former Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath.

Kate Dowler

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