Lifestyle

Bonnie scales success

Bonnie Graham models her mermaid dress that has been selected for the 2013 Texstyle Exhibition in Sydney.
Bonnie Graham models her mermaid dress that has been selected for the 2013 Texstyle Exhibition in Sydney. MIREILLE MERLET-SHAW

BOATHARBOUR teen Bonnie Graham is a local girl vying to be a fashion icon, and she's already getting recognition.

The 18-year-old recent graduate of Trinity Catholic College Lismore has spent her year designing, styling and creating a masterpiece of a dress - a mermaid-inspired piece for her HSC Textiles course.

And she was overjoyed when she recently found out her piece has been selected to go on show in the 2013 Texstyle exhibition.

It is just one of 20 HSC Textiles and Design pieces to be shown in the exhibition.

"I was quite surprised but very pleased; I was glad all the hard work had paid off," Bonnie said.

"It's always been something I've really enjoyed."

The inspiration for her piece came from a Book Week costume her mother made for her in Year 1.

"I kind of wanted to re-create that," she said.

The dress is made out of silk, with a hand beaded section at the top, which Bonnie said took weeks to complete.

Each of the scales on the bottom half of the dress is machine embroidered and hand painted silk.

"And on the bottom, for the tail, the silk flounces have been edged with fishing line," she said.

"Everything's very sparkly because mermaids have to be sparkly."

Bonnie said she'd chosen the fading purple colour scheme because of the way water reflects on itself.

After a year of work on the piece, instead of partying at Schoolies like most teenagers, she's instead spending her time setting herself up for a fashion career.



Stage star to say goodbye to Sinatra on the Tweed

Tom Burlinson has performed Sinatra shows for 20 years.

"I'm excited about doing the stuff that comes out of me”

Council raises the rainbow flag

FLYING: The rainbow flag.

Council shows support for same-sex marriage.

Green light for improved safety measures

A timed red arrow for pedestrian safety will be installed at a tricky Tweed intersection.

Pedestrians will soon feel a little bit safer at one Tweed crossing

Local Partners

Huawei declares death of the smartphone

FORGET having a smartphone. What you need is an intelligent machine.

Birds are counting on us to count on them

FLIGHT OF FANCY: BirdLife Australia's Dr Golo Maurer enjoys taking his children birdwatching.

The Aussie Backyard Bird Count is an ideal activity for families

Cooking confusion? Ask Donna Hay

Get in there ... ask Donna Hay what to do in the kitchen.

NEED some expert advice in the kitchen? Now’s your chance to get it

'Christmas miracle' mum needs triple transplant to live

Belinda Dunstan is weighing up whether the risks of a triple transplant are too high.

"The potential is the inevitable will happen and I will pass away"

Riding into a bright future

CYCLE OF LIFE: Taking part in different activities can teach children persistence and other valuable life lessons.

Experiences open up the world to kids

WATCH: Close encounter with killer whales off Byron Bay

Screenshot from a video of orcas off Byron Bay.

Incredible footage of orcas just 1km off the Byron Bay coast

Getting fit killed sex drive of these four women

iStock-588387130.jpg

The one place that isn’t their strong point is the bedroom