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TAS Country : April 28th 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011 Tasmanian Country 13 Free offer draws new members THE Rural Youth Organisation of Tasmania is offering 10 free mem- berships at Agfest. A Rural Youth membership is a chance for young people to develop and grow, and to find out what they are capable of -- especially those who volunteer to run Agfest. To be in the running for a ticket to success, patrons aged between 15and30canfilloutaforminthe Agfest program and file it at the Rural Youth site. Another key benefit is a training subsidy paid from the organis- ation's Agfest proceed to members who undertake skills training courses, not necessarily linked to Rural Youth activities. They can get 75 per cent of their fees back from Rural Youth to a ceiling of $200 a year. Free Rural Youth membership winners will be picked using a lottery system. JENNIFER CRAWLEY Kiyomi's designs bag Aussie style success KIYOMI Reid's handbags, made out of vintage kimono fabric, will be on sale at Agfest for the first time this year. Ms Reid, 41, has lived in Tasmania for 10 years. She met her Tasmanian husband when he was on a working holiday in Japan. Ms Reid worked in one of Japan's leading fashion houses before migrating to Australia. She makes accessories with offcuts from the handbag materials including greeting cards, buttons and brooches. ''I use traditional Japanese embroidery which is very similar to running stitch,'' she said. Her bags are handmade from brightly coloured vintage kimono fabric and Japanese cotton. Ms Reid regularly sells her Sashiko Design bags at Salamanca Markets in Hobart but wanted to come to Agfest this year. Japanese culture was not well known in rural Tasmania, she said. ''I want to introduce it to Tasmanians who can't get to Salamanca,'' she said. ''There is something unique and interesting in the designs I use.'' Ms Reid only makes 25 handbags from the one design. ''I don't want people to see the same handbags everywhere. Changing to a new design also keeps me interested.'' The bags are durable to withstand everyday use but delicate enough for evening wear, she says. ''They are a marriage of Australian design and Japanese craftmanship.'' A 03 Pavilion A 2011
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