Who said farming isn't fashionable?

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From chickenwire dresses, to leafy headwear, and earrings made from sheep tags, the Ag Artwork display at this year's Agfest is showing that creativity is strong among rural Tasmanian students.

Students from Don College, Oatlands High School, and Leighland Christian School have finished weeks of preparation by flaunting fancy farmyard garments in front of a large Agfest crowd.

Ag Artwork is a fashion and design competition for students to showcase their creative best, using only materials typically found on a farm.

Event organiser Ashley Evans believes 2017 has been one of Ag Artworks best years yet.

“We’ve got a really good number of entries this year which is fantastic,” she said. “There’s a lot more students participating this year than there were last year, with Don College increasing from one entry last year to eight this year”.

 

Ag Art competition entrant with a hat and earings made from sheep tags

 

By putting their creative skills on show, the Ag Artwork competition can act as a great way for students to improve confidence and demonstrate creativity, said Don College Fashion and design teacher Shanli Perkins.

 “It’s really good for their self-esteem,” she said. “And it's really encouraging to seem them brave enough to exhibit themselves publicly."

 "It gets students ready for future community events, so that when they do presentations later on it won’t be as scary.”

This year, Ag Artwork is sponsored by Bendigo bank who are providing gift vouchers for those deemed best on show by a panel of judges.

State project coordinator for Bendigo bank, and member of this year's judging panel, Jaye Lee said Ag Artwork encourages patrons to the event.

“Ag Artwork opens the mind for the 13 to 17-year-old age bracket to realise that Agfest isn’t just for their parents and grandparents,” she said. “It gets teenagers to come out and experience what Agfest is, and actually be involved.

“We love supporting these events,” said Ms Lee. “It’s a real foot in the door for us to be able to support this event so that we can start building a relationship with Rural Youth”.