Success for CCS Pupils in Credit Union Art Competition

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The Irish League of Credit Unions and its 469 affiliated credit unions have launched the annual All-Ireland Art Competition. The competition, which is one of the biggest competitions for children and adults alike, has been running for 31 years is open to entrants of all ages. This year’s theme ‘Happiness is...’ was open to interpretation by each entrant. The competition is about encouraging and rewarding self-expression, creativity and imagination among young artists throughout Ireland. Competition entrants are free to express their creativity using a wide variety of media. There are two categories – General and Special – with five age groups in each.

Congratulations to the winners of Stage 1 Credit Union Level (14-17 Years): Teresa Blanc Vazquez (1st) and Maria Moreno (3rd)
Congratulations to the winners of Stage 1 Credit Union Level (14-17 years): Leanne Kelly (1st), Keelan Doherty (2nd)
Congratulations to the winners of Stage 1 Credit Union Level (18+ years): Sarah Brophy (1st)

Local winners at credit union level in each category go forward to Regional Finals. Winning entries from regional level go through to the National Final. Prizes will be awarded at each stage and a National Awards Ceremony will be held in February 2016 and will be hosted by TV personality Marty Whelan.

Julie, Grainne & Niall's Red Carpet Experience!

Julie Quinn Junk Kouture

Junk Kouture Royal Film Premiere photo album

This time last year Grainne Doherty, Niall Kelly and Julie Quinn set out to create "Sheer Glass", assisted by their teacher, Pauline McDermott. The dress is made of over 100 green, crushed glass bottles and old findings of PVA glue. The dress was entered into the competition Junk Kouture, eventually making it to the finals and winning the Bank of Ireland Glamour Award. All involved were delighted! As a reward the dress AND model got to attend the Royal Film Premiere in London.

A few weeks ago Julie was told that she would be attending the Royal Film Premiere of the new James Bond film, Spectre. She was determined to get Grainne and Niall to London. With the help of a CCS Fashion Fundraiser, the School and the support of the Donegal Film Office, they got their tickets. They were absolutely delighted!

The trio travelled to London on October Bank Holiday weekend. Julie met up with the other Glamour Award winning team from Co. Weastmeath and also met Elizabeth Curran and Troy Armour, founders of Junk Kouture. Model Adelina, Elizabeth and Troy walked the red carpet with Julie.

Julie describes the experience of the red carpet:

"Attending the Royal Film Premiere was truely an incredible experience. I felt so glamorous landing on the red carpet, having had our hair and makeup done. I was overwhelmed with the crowds and paprazzi. I was feeling a little nervous but super excited. I loved meeting the stars, they were all so lovely admiring the dresses. Will I Am came over to us and he was blown away by the dresses. He loved them. I loved the whole atmosphere and excitement and it felt really special. The venue was spectacular and the film itself was great. Overall it was an amazing experience."

The pupils had a great weekend sightseeing all over London. They went to the London Dungeons, the National Art Museum and of course bought some fancy cupcakes in Harrods!

Grainne, Niall and Julie would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported them throughout the past year - their family and friends have been so lovely. They would also like to thank everyone who helped them fundraise for London; everyone who helped in the CCS Fashion Show was brilliant!

Caoilinn's Junk Kouture Dress "A Real Showstopper"

Plastic FantasticWell done to 'Sheer Glass' and 'Smoke and Mirrors' who recently took part in a fashion show for the Donegal Hospice in the City Hotel, Derry. Good luck to team 'Sheer Glass' who will be showcasing their creation on the red carpet at the James Bond movie premiere in London. Congratulations also to all of last year's Junior Cert Art students who had pieces selected for the Súile na nÓg Exhibition. The opening night for students will take place on October 8th at 7pm in the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny. The exhibition is open to the public until 24th October.

Carndonagh student’s dress chosen to be exhibited at national show
(Courtesy of Derry Journal)

A dress made by Caoilinn Diver, a Transition Year student in Carndonagh Community School, was selected to be exhibited at the Wedding Journal Show in Belfast last weekend. The dress called ‘Plastic Fantastic’ was originally made by Caoilinn for the national competition Junk Kouture. While researching unusual dresses to exhibit at the Ireland’s Wedding Journal show, the team came across Caolinn’s creation. The dress was one of only three dresses selected nationwide to be displayed at the show.

Caoilinns dress is made from white and yellow plastic bin bags which she crocheted together. The bodice is made from soft drink and beer cans, delicately cut into small fish scale pieces, and then painted with left over car paint and hand stitched together. She completed her dress with hand crocheted flowers along with old recycled beads.

Wedding Journal magazine editor Tara Craig said:

“The Wedding Journal show is known for showcasing well-known fashion designers’ dresses and we wanted to provide a platform for students to showcase their designs also. After researching unusual wedding dresses to display at the Wedding Journal Show we chose only three dresses; one of which was Caolinn’s. Plastic Fantastic is a real showstopper and we loved the fact it was made entirely from recycled material so it’s environmental friendly also.” The dress was worn by professional models at the show press launch and took pride of place at the Wedding Journal Show entrance for the course of the show, from Friday 18th to Sunday 21st September.