Rabid Rabbit at world skills event

Rabid Rabbit, a Prosthetic Make-up ‘creature’ created by a Taunton college student, is being showcased as part of the WorldSkills London 2011 competition, taking place at the ExCeL London exhibition and conference centre in Docklands this week (October 5-8).

The design by Somerset College Media Make-up student Sophie Barlow will be seen by thousands of visitors after students from the College were invited to showcase their skills. WorldSkills is the world's largest international skills competition, with young people from across the globe competing, and an expected 150,000 visitors viewing over 1,000 competitors in 45 skill areas.

Rabid Rabbit was created as part of Sophie’s Foundation Degree major project, showing a human turning into a rabbit monster. She and other Taunton students from the College’s BA Media Make-up course were invited by the organisers to showcase their skills in Prosthetic Make-up as well as Fashion Hairstyling and Fashion Make-up, on the Health and Beauty stage in a non-competition area.

The College is one of only a few nationally which offer a degree course in Media Make-up, with students going on to work in theatre, film and television.

Also taking part in the WorldSkills event is Andrew Pengelly, a Lecturer in Carpentry and Joinery at the College, who is WorldSkills Shop Master for Bench Joinery, responsible for organising everything from the workshop space to ensuring tools and equipment are in place for the worldwide event. He also was one of the judges who recently selected the UK team for this field. 

Andy attended the last WorldSkills event two years ago in Canada as an observer, to learn the ropes as a Shop Master.

“I’ve been preparing for the London event since then,” he said. “It’s a great honour and a real opportunity to see how other countries operate in my skill area, and bring knowledge back that benefits the young people I work with,” he said.

Over 200 students from the Somerset College are visiting the WorldSkills event, to see the best young contestants in the world in 46 skills ranging from welding to web design, plumbing to graphic design.

Caption: Rabid Rabbit, the Prosthetic Make-up ‘creature’ being showcased at WorldSkills by Somerset College student Sophie Barlow.