In 2015 the Trust decided to fund a pilot project whereby it provided a number grants to selected Fashion Design Students.
Initially 25 grants were provided for 2016, allocated to RMIT, Whitehouse Design, UTS, QUT, TAFE SA and Curtin University.
In 2020 the program was extended to include Box Hill Institute, Holmes Glen Institute, TAFE NSW and LCI Melbourne. This increased the number of grants to 30.
The grants are allocated to the participants as follows:
|Curtin||Bachelor or Arts (Fashion)||2||$3000|
|RMIT||Bachelor of Fashion (Design)||3||$4500|
|Bachelor of Textile (Design)||1||$1500|
|Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours)||3||$6000|
|Bachelor of Textile (Design) (Honours)||1||$2000|
|TAFE SA||Bachelor of Fashion Design||3||$4500|
|QUT||Bachelor of Design (Hons)||2||$4000|
|UTS||BA Hons Fashion and Textile Design||4||$8000|
|Whitehouse Institute of Design||Bachelor of Design||6||$9000|
|Box Hill Institute||Bachelor of Fashion||1||$1500|
|Holmes Glen Institute||Bachelor of Fashion Design||1||$1500|
|TAFE NSW||Bachelor of Fashion Design||2||$1500|
|LCI Melbourne||Bachelor of Fashion & Costume Design||1||$1500|
The Wool Lab is a kit produced by AWI containing samples of new ranges of fabrics and designs. These kits are available to industry designers to enable them to become aware of the most recent developments. The kits are renewed at regular intervals.
In 2020 AWI agreed to distribute redundant kits to the Fashion Schools participating in AWET’s Student Grants program. This will negate the need to update the swatches initially assembled by RMIT and AWI using funding provided by AWET.
In February 2021 AWI created an on-line digital version of the Wool Lab.
You can link to Wool Lab Digital here.
AWI has also created Wool Lab Vision. These are seasonal books designed to encapsulate trends and lifestyle inspirations that can be tangibly translated into new and exciting wool products.
For some years the Trustees for the Australian Wool Education Trust have held annual meetings with representatives of a number of Fashion Schools from all over Australia.
The purpose of these meetings is to develop programs whereby the Trust could assist the students develop a better understanding of the characteristics and advantages of wool.
One of the first projects was the development of a set of swatches of wool fabrics for distribution to the Fashion Schools. The selection, assembling and distribution of these swatches was managed by RMIT with assistance by AWI and funded by the Trust.
The Trust has discontinued providing funds for the addition of new samples to these swatches, because the fashion schools are being provided with redundant versions of the Wool Lab instead..