Bobbie jo Wilkie was named the Outdoor Fabrics and Products Association of New Zealand (OFPANZ) 2020 Apprentice of the year (Tier 1).
Open to apprentices who have been in MITO’s canvas fabrication programme for less than 15 months, entrants are tasked with making a messenger bag with an automotive look. “I really wanted to make that bag look similar to a classic Chanel bag, but with vinyl,” she explains. Bobbi was stoked when her quality craftsmanship and attention to detail caught the eye of the judges. “I was pretty shocked, but also really pleased,” she says. “At the start of the year I had written a list of goals for 2020 and one of those goals was to win Apprentice of the year!”
Motivated by this year’s successes, Bobbi is showing no sign of slowing down-in fact, she’s already got her goals set for the next year. “I want to take out Tier two and overall Apprentice of the year!” she says. More info www.ofpanz.co.nz