04 Dec 2021

Incredible Scoil Chríost Rí Portlaoise creations make the Junk Kouture cut

Scoil Chríost Rí in Portlaois has suceeded in getting a remarkable six entries accept for the final of the prestigous Junk Kouture design competition 2018 and is hoping for a lucky seventh.

A total of 1,533 entries were submitted to Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture this year and six Scoil Chriost Rí designs were chosen by the judges of only 395 designs to make it through to the regional finals on a National level. 

Six out of 18 Scoil Chríost Rí teams from the Transition Year and Leaving Cert Applied were selected from 1533 entries on a national level! Only 79 got through in each Region! 

There are hopes that one of the 12 teams who did not make the cut could be select as a wild card.

The six entries in so far are:
BREWED AWAKENINGS -All hand made & assembled from recycling old net curtain, coffee beans & a feather pillow! Created by Sinead Ní Quinn (Model), Julia Cahill, Rebecca Finlay.

COLOUR BOMB - All recycled, hand knitted, woven, plated, twisted, crocheted & hand sewn left over wool donated by primary schools, secondary schools & knitters and bed sheets. Created by Tammy Wright (Model), Tirana Byrne.

FEATHERED FORMATION - All hand made & assembled from recycling pink exam papers, pink paper, hand dyed turkey feathers, cork and pearls!  Created by Ciara Ennis, (Model), Lisa Buggy, Elisha Buggie.

INTERTWINED - All hand knitted, woven & assembled from  recycling egg shells, coffee beans, wool & twine!
Created by Jodie-Rose Collins, (Model), Kate Corrigan, Kalinda Owens. 
MILKIN' IT - All hand dyed and hand sewn together from recycling Farmers Milk Filter Socks! Created by Niamh Crowley, (Model), Aisling Ahern, Ciara McEvoy.

SHADES OF DENIM All hand sewn and made from recycling Denim jeans, jackets, pockets & shirts! Created by Chloe Grant (Model), Aisling Dunne, Stephanie McGovern.

There could be a seventh creation to make it through to the Eastern Regional Finals.

This year two online votes will take place on The Lifeline Vote, 12th -16th February is for all those students who did not make it through to the regional finals. The design with the most votes from each region will join you guys at the regional finals.

The Regional Final Vote, 19th - 23rd February: this vote is for all regional finalists. This will be worth 10% of your overall marks received at your regional final.

These are the 12 Scoil Chríost Rí teams hoping to get a lifeline are:


Arts teacher Jayne Kelly is delighted with the work of all the students. 

"I am so so proud of all my TY & LCA Junk Kouture students who participated in this creative and adventurous project this year. The hours and hours spent working on their creations has shown dedication, commitment and superb initiative! 

"The girls have been so dedicated, enthusiastic and wonderfully creative throughout the whole experience so far and have showcased their artistic and creative talents by producing something unique and beautiful. 

"It is a prestigious competition and for 6 teams to have made it to the Regional Finals is a fantastic achievement for the girls and our school. It has always been about the experience of participating, team work, exploring their creativity and discovering team spirit and friendships ....anything gained after that along the way has been a bonus!"

The finalists will compete on the catwalk in the Eastern Regional Finals in the HELIX in Dublin on the 5th of March

Other Laois schools to make the final include: St Fergal's Rathdowney, Heywood Community School, Mountmellick Community School and Portlaoise College. So far, each of these schools has had one entry accepted to the competition sponsored by Bank of Ireland.

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