27 April 2018
Maddie Calthrop, 14, was selected as one of ten finalists in the schools competition organised by ICHF (International Craft and Hobby Fairs).
The challenge was to design a garment or an outfit using reclaimed fabrics, unloved garments and found trimmings. Maddie’s chosen theme was ‘Second Hand Rose’. She showcased her design on the catwalk at the Fashion and Embroidery exhibition at NEC Birmingham.
What makes her success even more remarkable is that Maddie has had very little textile experience before joining Burgess Hill Girls in September.
Meanwhile, Maddie’s big sister, Bridget, 17, was placed third in the England Wool4school competition, which encourages young designers to use wool in their creations. Originating in Australia, this is the first time that the competition has been held in UK. Bridget, who is studying both Art and Textiles at A-level, had to design a stage outfit for a musician. She chose ‘Florence and the Machine’ and designed a flowing jumpsuit and coat for her to wear. Bridget wins a trophy, prize money and an invitation to a wool workshop.
Head teacher Liz Laybourn said: ‘These are amazing achievements by the Calthrop sisters. At a time when the arts are under pressure and disappearing from so many schools, we believe they have never been more important. Creative skills are tremendously important if we are to equip young women with the skill set they need in a global economy.’