Competition All Sewn Up

Our annual Berisfords Ribbon Design Competition entries have now been submitted and judged. Once again, our students have excelled themselves with a range of beautiful, imaginative and creative designs, each using up to 100 metres of ribbon per student, supplied free by the company.

The judging took place on December 18th and was by no means an easy task for Berisfords’ managing director, Peter Bowers and company designer, Danielle, with the high quality of work making the task of choosing a single winner extremely difficult.

Following much deliberation, first prize and £100 was awarded to Jeorgia Finch. Second prize of £70 went to Macie Lawton and Clara Jackson scooped £30 for third prize. Although not one of the winning entries, Miss Paling-Sparkes commended Josie Robertson for her stunning cushion, which successfully utilised unique and experimental stitching and techniques not seen before in the ten years the competition has run.

This year’s competition had started life earlier in the term when Year 10 GCSE Textiles Technology students visited the Berisfords ribbon factory in Congleton to learn more about the manufacturing methods and the skills required and also receive the competition brief.

The group was welcomed by Peter Bowers and his team, who took the students on a tour of the factory where they were able to see for themselves the industry they have chosen to study. Following this introductory visit, the students set about designing and producing the cushions for the competition and the rest, as they say, is history

Berisfords welcomes a new group from Congleton High to the factory each year and, yet again, it was a great experience for these Year 10 students to see all the looms weaving, take in the smells of the dye room and wonder at the speed of the CAM screen printing machines putting designs onto ribbons.

Previous competitions have produced a wide range of stunning and highly creative designs with students tasked with making a number of different items including skirts and bags. It is a really rewarding exercise for the students to be able to create a finished article from raw materials they have witnessed being manufactured and the end results are eagerly awaited by the school.

Thankyou to Berisfords for continuing to support our Design and Technology Department.  The whole experience is more valuable than ever as it covers multitude of the content for the new 9-1 GCSE curriculum that our students are our now studying.


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