first_imgAoife Porter who represented Junk Kouture in Cannes during the Cannes Film Festival. Aoife is from Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana.Popular recycled fashion competition Junk Kouture hit the French Rivera with a bang during this year’s 66th Cannes Film Festival. Three winners who proved they could bring junk back to life with their designs were selected to travel to the South of France to enjoy the atmosphere during the Cannes Film Festival.One of the teams to win the ‘Bank of Ireland Glamour Prize’, which saw them jet off to Cannes, was ‘Skin Deep’ – a plastic fantastic design, which uses plastic packaging and welded chain metal. This was designed and constructed by Orla O’Hagan and modelled by Aoife Porter, both from Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana. They were accompanied to the French Riviera by their proud teacher Mrs Veronica Buchanan. The team took part in numerous photo shoots whilst in Cannes and made appearances in the playground of the rich and famous – Monte Carlo! They weren’t the only celebrities in Cannes this week! They were joined by the Hollywood elite, including Leonardo DeCaprio, Stephen Spielberg and Nicole Kidman to name a few, who were in town for the annual Cannes Film Festival.Junk Kouture, which is famed for transforming everyday waste and junk into pieces of high fashion art, has gone from strength to strength since launching in 2010. It has seen thousands of teenagers’ work submitted with some spectacular and awe-inspiring pieces gracing the competition’s regional and national catwalks, as well as the red carpet at the Royal Première of ‘The Hobbit’ in London. Junk Kouture is the leading fashion and art competition for second level school students across Ireland and has a reputation, among many, as being the most creative. The other designs which made their way to Cannes included ‘Pre-Madonna Girl’ from Monaghan – a white, lace creation crafted from broken pearls and discarded lace curtains; Bold as Brass – a creation inspired by the topical Great Gatsby and made with spend bullet cases from Clonmel and the overall winner of this year’s competition, ‘UltraVioletWash’ from Limerick, which is constructed from hundreds of clothes pegs and a tin of UV paint. All designers are second level students from across Ireland (exact details in editors’ notes).Founder of Junk Kouture, Elizabeth O’Donnell from Buncrana had this to say about Junk Kouture’s appearance in Cannes: “Our ethos at Junk Kouture is to inspire and motivate all our entrants. We decided that following the success of Junk Kouture at the Royal Première last year we wanted to give our entrants another opportunity to showcase their designs at a high-scale event and also on an international level. This was our first time in Cannes and we loved every minute!”Damien Daly, Director of Marketing had this to say about Bank of Ireland’s involvement with the Glamour Prize saying, “‘Bank of Ireland are delighted to sponsor the Junk Kouture Glamour Prize. The drive and passion shown by the students can be seen in their fantastic creations. A trip to the Cannes Film Festival is a once in a lifetime experience that no doubt will inspire more creative outfits from these young talented designers. This will be a big stepping stone to great careers in the fashion world.’’   BUNCRANA STUDENT AOIFE TAKES HER JUNK KOUTURE TO CANNES FILM FESTIVAL was last modified: May 21st, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BUNCRANA STUDENT AOIFE TAKES HER JUNK KOUTURE TO CANNES FILM FESTIVALlast_img read more

Geochemical signals foretell Icelandic earthquakes

first_imgSeismologists have long yearned for a way to forecast imminent earthquakes, which remain predictable only in a long-term probabilistic sense. Past studies have suggested that earthquake precursors could take the form of changes in electromagnetic fields, radon levels, or even animal behavior—but the evidence has been anything but rock-solid. Now, researchers have found that, just before two large earthquakes in Iceland, geochemical signals changed dramatically in nearby ground water. Measuring ground water from a 100-meter-deep borehole, they found that hydrogen isotope ratios and sodium levels spiked in the months before the earthquake. One magnitude-5.6 earthquake occurred in October 2012 along the Húsavík-Flatey fault (pictured), and the other, a magnitude-5.5, went off in April 2013 in the Grímsey Oblique Rift. The researchers, publishing online today in Nature Geoscience, suggest that the changes could have been caused by a subtle stress-induced expansion of the rocks in the lead-up to the earthquake. The expansion, and the microfractures associated with it, could have triggered the geochemical spikes by allowing the mixing of separate bodies of ground water with different geochemical signatures.last_img read more