This year's event, Dragon Days, began its incarnation in December, when the draft concept was developed. In the early weeks of Term 1, students from Years 8 to 11 formed working groups for Production, Technology and Design, and began the brainstorming process which radically transformed much of the original content. It was a real pleasure to work with these students and see the way they embodied the creative process of WAVE - everyone's input was valued and contributed to the shaping of the whole.
Designing the poster is always an exciting process, with a Year 11 student (or, in the case of this year, two students) chosen to be the face of WAVE. Our models this year represent the characters of the Phoenix and the Dragon, with a nod to biker culture. Work commenced mid-February on the characters' garments, with textiles students, staff and volunteers all drawing, cutting, painting, sewing and styling leather, feathers, scales and claws.
Photography and Multimedia students organised and shot the campaign in early March (see below) and Year 9 student Miro Salom did an amazing job designing the poster. As always, it was a fabulous collaborative student-led process and a lot of fun.
With the shoot out of the way, the next step was to nail down the section descriptions. The individual sections of WAVE form the structure of the event - representing stages in the story, as well as providing guidelines and inspiration for designers to develop their competition garments. This year, five sections were decided on after much discussion about the format and feel. The students brainstormed dozens of possible themes; a lot of ideas fell through and others merged.
Year 11 student Gemma Susanna-Davies was responsible for Suitably Splendid (the suit section), and also a major contributor to Met Gala @ the House of Dragon Five (the recycled section), along with Year 9 student Tiehj Kerry. Gemma said she felt valued and appreciated for her creative input. "I really enjoyed being able to convey my ideas," she said.
Textiles and Design Teacher Vanessa Sheath says this kind of real life production industry learning is invaluable for the students. "By following a brief, working to a photo shoot deadline and designing with a strict budget, we are giving students the most amazing hands-on experience," said Vanessa. "They are really cementing their skills in areas of individual interest, allowing them to decide if this type of work could be a future career path they want to pursue."
Dragon Days is scheduled to be performed from November 4 to 7. What the show looks like this year will depend on what restrictions are in place. But while it might be different, you can be sure it will be incredible.
With deep appreciation for, and on behalf of, the students, staff and volunteers who have been involved in the development of this year's competition (during strange and difficult times), we encourage you to unleash your imaginations and design a garment for WAVE 2020, Dragon Days. All the information you need to enter can be found on the WAVE website.
Let the games begin!