Merton students make junk stylish

Students from Wimbledon College of Arts in Merton and pupils from the south west London borough’s primary and secondary schools have been getting creative with junk as part of Merton Council’s recycling competition.

The council set the challenge to create a beautiful costume out of materials that would otherwise have been thrown away.

There have been over 60 entries and the shortlisted costumes will be judged on Friday 6 June at Wimbledon College of Arts. The judging panel includes Leader of the council Councillor Stephen Alambritis, Costume Design Pathway Leader Abigail Hammond from Wimbledon College of Arts and Sara Grundy, Costume Designer.

Jude Ruth Furey from Ursuline High School’s costume celebrates the life of 12 year old Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl who suffered from leukaemia after the atomic bomb was dropped on Japan. She wanted to make 1000 origami cranes before she died as she wished for peace. She only folded 644. The costume is made from newspapers, magazines,wrapping paper, flower wrapping, and scrap fabric.

Jude Ruth Furey from Ursuline High School’s costume celebrates the life of 12 year old Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl who suffered from leukaemia after the atomic bomb was dropped on Japan. She wanted to make 1000 origami cranes before she died as she wished for peace. She only folded 644. The costume is made from newspapers, magazines,wrapping paper, flower wrapping, and scrap fabric.

Judges will look at the use of reworked and recycled materials and the students’ creativity, skill and innovation.

Cash prizes will be awarded to three categories: primary school; secondary school and Wimbledon College of Arts.

The shortlisted entries, which will be judged on 6 June, can be seen on the council’s Mega Recycle Facebook page.

Leader of Merton Council Councillor Stephen Alambritis said: “I am always impressed with how rich Merton is in creativity. From the selection of design entries on our Facebook page we can all see that the humble crisp packet, old newspapers and plastic bottles can all go to make a beautiful costume. It is very exciting that many of our schools and the prestigious Wimbledon College of Arts have taken part.”

Wimbledon College of Arts Associate Dean, Jayne Knowles said: “Merton Council’s Style Junkies competition set our students a great challenge of turning recyclable rubbish into something beautiful. The decision to award prizes for the best in each of the three categories is going to be very difficult given the fantastic standard across all age groups. Wimbledon College of Arts is hugely interested in sustainability and in including this important issue into the work our students create.”

Becky Williams from Wimbledon College of Art’s 1920 flapper girl combines Art Deco with Medusa/Egyptian influences. The headdress is decorated with spray-painted pistachios and the dress is recycled fabrics and pistachio decoration.

Becky Williams from Wimbledon College of Arts – her 1920 flapper girl combines Art Deco with Medusa/Egyptian influences. The headdress is decorated with spray-painted pistachios and the dress is recycled fabrics and pistachio decoration.

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Notes to editors

Four secondary schools, 14 primary schools and 30 students from Wimbledon College of Art entered the Style Junkies competition.

Every year the council spends £3.7m on landfill tax. For every tonne of waste that goes to landfill, the council has to pay out £82.50 in tax. 47,000 tonnes of rubbish from Merton goes into landfill every year.