Influencer James Patrice with a delighted Mountrath Community School team and teachers.
Excitement hit the roof in Mountrath Community School last week when Irish online influencer James Patrice swooped in to award a Junk Kouture Wild Card to one lucky team.
Butterfly Effect, was created by Roisín Scully, Orla Brinkley and Fianna Byrne (model), students of art teacher Therese McGrath.
The gorgeous outfit is made from newspaper and scrap farm wire, symbolises the delicacy of mental health and how one small occurrance can have a huge knock-on effect. It also highlights awareness of suicide reporting, and its devastating effect on families.
The outfit will join one other Laois design that made it to the glitzy final featuring over 80 creations, to be modelled in the 3Arena in Dublin on May 2, with celebrity judges and live Irish music performances.
Scoil Chríost Rí from Portlaoise has an entry called Truth Lies Within (pictured below), created by Grace Kearney who is also the model, Rachel Lewis and Amy Boyle. Their art teacher is Jayne Kelly.
Also a focus on mental health and hidden distresses, the front of the dress is of pretty hand knitted twines, plaited wool and crocheted flowers while the back features black leather and flowers, symbolising how we all have a 'less pretty' side.
Picture by Patrick Ryan Photography.
In all 30 Laois outfits entered Junk Kouture and nine made it as far as the Eastern regional final.
Both designs will be seeking Grand Final votes, to help them towards a win. The voting is open from April 1 to 5, and votes will make up to 10% of the final mark for all of the 80 creations in the Grand Final.
Both Laois entries can be found in the Eastern Region.