Tasmanian Ag Artwear Competition Winner Success on Mainland
We Caught up with Tiarna Porter, Isabella Stone and Madason Jones, students from Oatlands District High School, to talk about their experience at the Elmore Field Days.
Ag Artwear Interview with Oatlands
16th February 2017
In November, we caught up with Tiarna Porter, Isabella Stone and Madason Jones, students from Oatlands District High School, along with their teacher Jenny Cooper. They bought along their Ag Artwear outfits and talked about their experience at the Elmore Field Days.
Ag Artwear is a competition that Agfest hold every year. Outfits are made from recycled farming junk into master pieces. There are three age categories 8yrs-12yrs, 13yrs – 16yrs and 17yrs - adult.
Tiarna placed 1st in Agfest Ag Artwear Competition and her outfit was sent to Victoria to be entered at the Elmore Field Days who hold the national Ag Artwear competition each year. Tiarna was awarded highly commended, while Isabella and Madason’s garment ‘All Tagged Up’ was awarded 1st place in the 18 years and under section.
Oatlands District High School have been entering in the Ag Artwear competition for around 15 years and have had students creations sent to 5 Elmore Field Day’s. They attended 3 of those years.
The girls said that entering the Ag Artwear competition at Agfest is a tradition for their year 9 & 10 students. They have made it a subject which is 1 hr per week in terms 1 & 2. They think it is a great competition for school students to get involved in and hope that more schools will get involved in future years. Tiarna said it was really rewarding to place after all the hard work that she put in to her outfit.
This garment was inspired by Tiarna's grandmother's farm house garden. The horse bit on the belt was inspired by her four horses that she runs on her family farm in the Southern Midlands of Tasmania.
Madason and Isabella's outfit:
Madason had absolutley no idea what she was going to do. She came up with a few different ideas but she knew they'd never work. Later on, that week Madason was helping her dad get some sheep in, she then noticed some colourful ear tags in the sheep ears. That was when she knew that would be a perfect design for her dress. She raided her dad's shed for a wool pack and as many micron leader tags she could find. The local Roberts store also came to the rescue donating 6 packets of the micron leader tags.
This week the 2017 Agfest Ag Artwear competition was launched and this year we welcome Bendigo Bank as the competitions official sponsor. Entries this year will be featured in the Bendigo Bank marquee on Main Street during the Field Days. On Saturday 6th May entrants, will model their creations in front of the judging panel, followed by the Grand Parade in Central Arena at 12 noon. The competition is open to entrants from 8 years old, while registrations close on the 7th April, for more infomation please visit our website www.agfest.com.au.