Textile Art Piece (TAP) Challenge – 2021 Results

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2021 ‘JOURNEY’ TAP Challenge – Winners & Highly Commended

Stage 5 

Position – 1st Place

Student – Sophie Poole

Title – Steps for Womenkind

School – Catherine McAuley

Position – 2nd Place

Student – Maya Chawa

Title – Migration

School – Catherine McAuley

Position – 3rd Place

Student – Georgia Bath

Title – The Girl from Lipari

School – St John Paul College

Position – Highly Commended

Student – Paula Mueller

Title – Seaside

School – Riverside Girls High School

Position – Highly Commended

Student – Natalie Guerreiro

Title – The Tale of Two Cities

School – Santa Sabina College Strathfield

Position – Highly Commended

Student – Hannah Garvin

Title – A Tree’s Journey

School – James Sheahan Catholic High School

Stage 4

Position – 1st Place

Student – Amanda Linh

Title – The Dragon in Me

School – Cherrybrook Technology High School

Position – 2nd Place

Student – Ella Justic

Title – Badges for a Journey

School – Cherrybrook Technology College


2021 ‘JOURNEY’ TAP Challenge – Judges’ Feedback 

The TAP Challenge was once again disrupted by the impact of Covid restrictions placed on our schools. In order to facilitate participation in the challenge, TEA decided to extend the due date to December 2021. We particularly thank those teachers who were able to support their students to complete and submit their projects. Despite the difficulties faced, the judges were again impressed by the quality and variety of projects presented by the students, making the task of choosing winners difficult.

The judges would like to provide the following feedback:

  • Student entries were again lower than average in the Stage 5 category. We expect this is due, in the main, to the Covid19 disruptions which we experienced in our schools during the year. The Stage 4 category again had minimal entries, and TEA is keen to investigate the reasons for this and how to make the challenge more accessible.
  • All schools completed the online application form and correctly attached ID tags to student projects. This made identification and the linking of the description of the project very easy, and provided judges a deeper insight into the student’s work and their approach to the design process.
  • The majority of Stage 5 projects clearly communicated the inspiration of taking the viewer on a journey through their textile art piece. The designs were very thoughtfully developed and showed great creativity.  The more creative pieces chose appropriate decorative or construction techniques which were completed to a high standard and clearly supported their ‘journey’ theme.
  • High-quality projects were submitted utilising a variety of surface decoration techniques, including stencilling, applique, patchwork, painting, weaving, knitting, macrame, needle felting, shiva sticks, thread painting, machine embroidery, dyeing, beading, digital printing and hand embroidery.
  • The majority of projects were wall hangings, addressing the criteria able to be hung up for display. Some of the projects, however, demonstrated a creative response in the form chosen, including a bound book and cushion covers.
  • The high quality of all projects submitted this year is to be commended. 

The judges wish to congratulate all students who participated in the competition this year AND their teachers who guided them through the design and completion of their projects. The TEA TAP team values your feedback.

If you would like to give some specific feedback, please contact TEA at enquiries.teansw@gmail.com