Inspired student wins award

Megan Wheelwright models her award-winning design.
Megan Wheelwright models her award-winning design.

The Carramar St Stephen’s School Year 12 student won The Butterfly Foundation encouragement award.

‘I was inspired by a recent visit to Cape Town, South Africa, where I came across the concept of recycled used teabags,’ Megan said. ‘I was particularly motivated by the concept of creating employment for disadvantaged communities through recycling and craft.’

Megan dried, emptied and individually sewed each teabag onto calico from which the garment was constructed.

The model and designer plans to take part in the Reach Out Volunteers programe in South Africa next year ” currently raising money by making and selling her teabag bags ” and continue fashion design study in Melbourne in 2015.

‘I hope to introduce some of my ideas to women of disadvantaged communities who can then sell their products,’ she said.

Minni Karamfiles, of Manjimup, also won two prizes.