Sheridan is sheets ahead

Kingsley’s Sheridan Joyce, pictured with her creation, Alchemy, is the only Australian selected for the 2015 Frankfurt Style Award in Germany. Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au   d439357
Kingsley’s Sheridan Joyce, pictured with her creation, Alchemy, is the only Australian selected for the 2015 Frankfurt Style Award in Germany. Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au d439357

The 20-year-old from Kingsley said she was surprised to be named a finalist. �It�s amazing,� the former Sacred Heart College student said.

�It hasn�t 100 per cent sunk in yet but I bought my tickets to Frankfurt a week ago so it�s become a bit more real.�

She said she had not realised she was the only Australian finalist until one of her friends pointed it out when looking at the other entrants.

�I was not expecting it. I thought at best maybe I would get a wildcard if I was lucky,� she said.

Joyce, a fashion student at Curtin University, was one of 225 entries to make it to the top 60 with her piece, Alchemy, consisting of a dress and jacket.

The competition has three categories � ecological green, revolutionary blue and over the rainbow � with a prize for each.

Joyce said the ecological green category best suited her piece, which represents sustainable fashion.

�Alchemy was my inspiration � the medieval practice of alchemy and the process of transformation,� she said.

�A highly generalised view is taking a less precious resource and transforming it into something more precious.

�I have taken a piece of raw material � silk cotton � and transformed it into what I would call evening wear, though it could also lend itself to costume wear. I�m adding value and using resources wisely and effectively without impacting the environment.�

Joyce said the piece followed the zero-waste design process that she has been researching.

�Zero-waste design is essentially making an educated choice about how materials are used in the patterning process to eliminate the production of textile waste,� she said.

�If you laid all the pieces out they would interlock.�

She said she liked the idea of sustainable fashion because it was �more meaningful and purposeful�.

�It makes sense � you�re throwing money away when discarding fabric, so I would like to keep up the practice,� she said.

�It does take more time and work, which is why many don�t do it, but my honours research is about showing the feasibility of the design practice.�

Joyce said she was excited about her first trip to Germany because the country was �quite progressive in terms of the fashion industry�.

�When I started my degree, people were saying places in Germany were up and coming in the fashion industry so I�m really excited to see some of the culture.�