AOBA Student Design Competition Turns 10!
It hardly seems possible, but the AOBA Student Design Competition is celebrating its 10th year this fall! The mission of the competition has been realized through the past years, with alpaca fiber being incorporated into the curriculum of fashion and textile design college departments throughout the country.
The competition has steadily grown throughout its history. In the first year, there were only 12 entries, and everybody got a ribbon! This year we have about 200 actual entries coming from 35 schools, and well over 400 students working with the alpaca sample kits sent to instructors for use in the classroom.
This year’s theme is once again “Alpaca: The Earth Friendly Fiber”. The AOBA Student Design Competition relies on the kindness and support of AOBA members and affiliates who believe in the mission and future of the program.
None of the competition could occur without the generous donation of roving, yarn and fabric supplied to the schools and the monetary donations to fund the scholarship program. Each year, the competition requires monetary donations for scholarships and awards, and 40,000 yards of yarn, 15 pounds of roving, and 15 yards of fabric. While that seems like a lot, the small donations add up, and each year we somehow are able to fulfill the needs.
The AOBA Fiber Committee is responsible for the SDC, with a coordinator assigned the task for running the competition. Here's how the competition works:
There are several ways to be a sponsor for the Student Design Competition:
All sponsors and donations are recognized at www.alpacafashion.com , the home site for the competition.
Donations are being accepted fulfill the school requests for the fall semester and to fund the awards part of the competition set for the AOBA Winter Conference in January, 2013.
If your farm, business, and/or affiliate would like to become an SDC sponsor, please fill out the general/student sponsor form available at www.alpacafashion.com and send it with payment to AOBA. To donate yarn, roving and/or fabric, please fill out the materials donation form available at www.alpacafashion.com, include the form with your donated materials, and send it to the address below.
For more information contact Ruth Fuqua, AOBA Student Design Competition Coordinator, 7236 Lebanon Road, Mt Juliet, TN 37122, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The AOBA Student Design Competition:
Together, we can make a difference for the future.
Over the years, the SDC finalists have produced prototypes from their award winning designs. Here a just a few of them: