18th March 2011
Textiles has had a very busy few weeks. As I write, the GCSE and A level girls are busily working on their exams, preparing for practical days that last between 5 and 15 hours.
During Fairtrade fortnight we were lucky enough to have Abigail Petit talk to GCSE students about Fairtrade cotton; how hard it is to grow and how difficult it is for people in Africa to actually grow it for any profit. Abigail has her own company http://www.gossypium.co.uk, which uses only Fairtrade and organic products. It really made us think about how much new cotton we are using for sample work and that we should think about using more recycled material. With that in mind we wondered that if you had any old cotton sheets that might have been thrown out, that you might like to send them to us instead.
The Textile Showcase has just finished with many workshops by local and visiting Textile artists and much high quality Textiles work on display. We are so lucky in Jersey to have this experience each year and are really grateful to ‘Art in the Frame’ for putting on such an amazing event.
Many students entered the Eisteddfod and we are delighted that:
The Embroiderers Guild Prize – for creative embroidery of own design was won by Laura Costard, yr 9.
The Needlework committee Prize – for creative dressmaking was won by Alice Leedham, yr 9
and …The Jersey Eisteddfod Junior Award – for the best piece of work in the junior section was won by Freya Williams, yr 12.
Well done to all the students who put their work in.
Yr 8 students have been working hard on a new venture, in order to improve their machine and hand stitching skills; making postcards using scraps of materials, again not buying new. If you wish to see what they have been up to please look on the VLE. We would like to encourage anyone to make their own and send them in to us. We may even have a prize for the best collection.
A final plea, we are encouraging students to learn to knit and crochet. If you have any knitting needles or crochet hooks surplus to requirements we would love to give them a new home.