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Polly brushes up on design skills

Fashion design student Polly Smith, centre, with her coat made out of paintbrush bristles

Fashion design student Polly Smith, centre, with her coat made out of paintbrush bristles

A savvy fashion design student from Sheffield has created a one-off avant-garde coat – thanks to a £250 donation from her local Wilko store.

Polly Smith, a 21-year-old fashion design student from Sheffield Hallam University, has designed a coat made entirely of paint brush bristles – taken from over 70 Wilko paint brushes.

John Cartledge, manager of the Wilko store on London Road, Sheffield, donated £250 for materials after hearing about Polly’s initial design.

The coat, which took a week to complete, is part of a wider clothing collection for Polly’s graduation project.

“The whole collection had to be unique and really stand out,” said Polly.

“When I was thinking about what materials to use, I had the idea to create a piece of clothing out of a normal household item, like a paint brush.

“I am delighted John and the team donated the vouchers for me to purchase the materials needed to make my coat.

“It was rather amusing buying 70 Wilko paint brushes all at once.”

Polly’s coat has now gone on display at Sheffield Hallam University, from where she is due to graduate later this year.

 

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