Kempsey TAFE fashion students will join other Mid North Coast students at Port Macquarie's ArtWalk festival next week.
ArtWalk is an opportunity for TAFE NSW fashion students to gain valuable experience in the industry.
20 students will be involved in ArtWalk and will gain crucial experience in the creative industry by using a mixture of lights sewn into their designs, creating illuminating outfits that will stand out in the crowd.
TAFE NSW Teacher of Fashion and Creative Industries, Julianne Petterson, said the experience will benefit local TAFE fashion students.
"We are giving students access and exposure to real events. Students will come out of this with industry experience which is what we always strive to provide at TAFE NSW," she said.
"Creatively, students are experimenting with innovating products and exploring design concepts as well as using their sewing skills to upcycle a t-shirt into their own interpretation of a fashionable garment."
Port Macquarie-Hastings mayor, Peta Pinson was excited to learn that local TAFE NSW students would be participating in ArtWalk.
"ArtWalk offers such a great opportunity for up and coming students to showcase their creative talents to a captive audience," she said.
"This can be a wonderful pathway to a career in the creative industries, and I'm really looking forward to meeting the students and experiencing their wonderful work on the evening."
TAFE NSW student Bree Parker sees this as an opportunity to refine her skills and learn some new techniques.
"It is really interesting studying at TAFE NSW after being self-taught and now actually learning the correct ways to do things. I am learning so much.
"ArtWalk is a great chance to make something creative that is beautiful in the day but innovative enough to be seen in the night."
"TAFE NSW teachers have been really good at supporting students and putting us forward for events like this. They have a lot of contacts which helps with getting practical experience. I'm hoping that something might come out of the experience I am gaining and I'll land my dream job when finish studying", Ms Parker said.
ArtWalk will be held in Port Macquarie on Thursday July 18.
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