PENDLETON - Chelsea Bredemeier, a senior at Pendleton High School, won first place in the art competition, a part of the Arts and Culture Festival at Blue Mountain Community College this week.

Bredemeier won with a jacket she embellished with fabric, patches, lace and studs. The project took about 20-25 hours to complete, she said. It is only her second fabric-art project.

She was one of about 500 students on the BMCC campus Wednesday taking part in a variety of activities and competitions.

This was her first entry into the Skills Contest.

Although it takes her about an hour to apply 100 studs, and her hands get calloused, she said she enjoys the work because she goes into her room and listens to music while working.

She became interested in embellishing fabrics when taking fashion and interior design classes from Gia Weathers at the high school. She also has taken jewelry-making classes, and is in the process of finding out what she needs to do in order to volunteer to help Weathers with the classes next year while she attends BMCC.

She also is starting her own business, Studs and Stuff by Chelsea, at home. So far she has sold three purses, two vests and has an order for a jacket.

She plans to take business classes at BMCC for two years while getting her own business started and then move on to Portland where she will attend art school and where she plans to expand her business.

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