Ellie McBain wins two fashion and art awards

Award winning art: Sheldon College Year 12 student Ellie McBain and Sheldon College Director of Senior Schooling Diane Vandermeer with Ellie's award winning wearable art. Photo: Joshua Paterson
Award winning art: Sheldon College Year 12 student Ellie McBain and Sheldon College Director of Senior Schooling Diane Vandermeer with Ellie's award winning wearable art. Photo: Joshua Paterson

A year 12 student at Sheldon College has won two two national art awards.

Elle McBain won both the wearable art of the year and creative designer of the year awards at the annual Apex Australia Teenage Fashion and Art Awards held in Western Australia on October 21.

The Year 12 student said the win was a good reward for her efforts.

“It was a bit unexpected, but I’ve been developing my skills through Sheldon’s art program for three years now and when I leave it’s like my peak,” she said.

The piece of wearable art which delivered Ms McBain the dual award victory was inspired by famous architect Gaudi and features her own innovative use of materials and techniques.

Ms McBain was quick to thank those who have supported her in her artistic ambitions.

“I would not be able to do what I love without the ongoing support of my family, grandmother Michelle Sheppard and my mother Tania McBain, their creativity has passed down through the generations,” she said.

Ms McBain’s visual arts teacher Cathryn Scully sees the student as having a bright future.

“Ellie has a prodigious talent which has been realised in her wearable art pieces,” she said.

“She has been an authentic inspiration for the younger artists of Sheldon College.”

With the end of her schooling almost upon her Ms McBain said she feels confident the arts knowledge she gained at Sheldon College will serve her well in her future design endeavours.

“I want to go more into the design field but obviously all the skills I’ve learnt in art is going to help me with aesthetics and understanding space for design,” she said.