Three young local artists have had their winning designs printed on to socks as part of a unique competition celebrating Youth Month 2021.
Jesse Sutton, Sienna Edwards and Hope Burgess were recently named the winners of Bundaberg Regional Council’s Knock Ya Socks Off competition with their winning designs to be produced on hundreds of pairs of socks.
The socks will soon be available as prizes and giveaways for young people at events and activities across the region.
Council’s Community Development Officer Savita Gurung said the Youth Development Action Team (YDAT) came up with the concept for the competition, and judging was very tight.
Each of the artists created something very different, producing unique artwork for their socks.
Sienna Edwards said her design was inspired by her favourite animal, the frog, and her favourite colours blue and green.
“I entered the competition when it got sent to me because I like art and I do it at school,” Sienna said.
“I love frogs so that is why my socks feature the frog, I have many frog hotels made from pipe that are home to about six frogs.
“It feels good to win and I look forward to designing more in the future.”
Hope Burgess used the Bargara shoreline as her inspiration, with sand bars, turtles and palm trees all featuring on her socks.
“The inspiration for my design came from Bargara and it includes the heel of the sock being designed as a sand bar, along with trees and a turtle,” Hope said.
“It feels interesting to have my art on a pair of socks, everyone at school was coming up to me and saying congratulations.”
Jesse Sutton said his design took him around two weeks to complete and was inspired by waterholes filling with water.
“The inspiration came from when I was thinking about how good it is when waterholes are filled up with water and then I thought that it would look good on a pair of socks,” Jesse said.
“I saw the competition on Facebook and I decided to enter, and it took me about two weeks to do the artwork.
“It felt amazing to know I would have a pair of socks with my own artwork on them, it will be really cool to wear them at school.”
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