Ara offers school students fashion fast track

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17 Jul 2017

Aspiring fashionistas sharpened their technical skills at the Ara Introduction to Patternmaking school holiday workshop last week.

Hard at work in the fashion workshop at Ara

The year 12 and 13 secondary students had an intensive week of learning basic flat patternmaking techniques from tutor Annie Davies, who is also an Ara fashion graduate.

For five days they practiced using drafting and measuring equipment to make pattern blocks for clothing, and applying these techniques to make patterns for a variety of women’s outerwear, at the Ara City Campus Christchurch facilities.

For some students, the week was a taste of studying fashion as a pathway to working in the industry. Emma Wilson from Middleton Grange was impressed. “It was good. I was thinking about applying here and it helped me see that I do want to do that.”

Hana Tuetue from Papanui High School was also considering fashion as a career. “I’m pretty tired, but it was good! It made me think about my choices for next year. I’m thinking of giving it a go.”

Ireland Grater is in year 12 at Marian College, so she will have to wait one more year. “I learned a lot. I’ve never done any of this, blocks and patterns, also adaptations. I wish I could come here next year!”

The students earned six credits at Level 3 for their hard work and took away patterns and skills that they can use at home or in textiles projects at school. All the students passed the unit with flying colours, which will support their applications if they do choose to apply to Ara.

Olivia Wang from Cashmere High School was grateful for the attention the students received from the tutor. “Annie’s really patient and friendly. When we didn’t understand she would come around and tell us individually.”

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