Previous Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture prize winner Karen Devlin will make her judging debut at the Western Regional Final in Castlebar on March 8th 2017 as a student Judge. Karen is a past pupil of Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana and is currently in her second year of studying fashion and textiles in NWRC Derry, in which she hopes to follow up with a degree in textile design. Having previously participated in textile workshops in Milan, is now specialising in printed textiles/surface design.
Karen was a contestant in the 2013 competition with her design ‘Dancing with Wolves’. It was inspired by nature and consisted of raw materials such as sheep’s wool, twine, twigs and dried flowers. Her design captured the attention of the judges and she was crowned the northern regional winner.
Karen commented; “I will be interested in the textile aspects of this year’s designs. The manipulation techniques applied to the recycled materials such as knit, weave, crochet, and embroidery are factors that I will be looking out for. I would love to see students taking inspiration from upcoming trends, catwalk shows or even films to create a haute couture piece. Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture is a fantastic platform for any creative career, and helped me build some great friendships and connections within the industry. I would definitely encourage students to enter as it proves a great opportunity for creatives to showcase their talent and nothing will overcome the overwhelming thrill you obtain from seeing your design on stage.”
Karen will be part of a strong judging panel of fashion experts including womenswear designer Rhys Ellis, Limerick School of Art and Design’s Tracy Fahey and Griffith College’s Jane Leavey who will help determine the regional finalists that will progress to the extravagant Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture Grand Final, in the 3Arena, Dublin in April 2017. Online registration will open on January 9th and close at midnight on January 27th 2017 on www.boijunkkouture.com