Draper’s Mills Primary in Margate and St Lawrence College in Ramsgate have linked up with the POW! Thanet festival to celebrate 100 years since the women’s vote.
Gifted and talented artists from the two schools, worked with printmaker Fiona De Bulat of DBA Editions and representatives from POW! Thanet to design artwork for the festival.
To mark the centenary of women over 30 gaining the vote in Britain, the pupils created T-shirt designs, celebrating the Power of Women. Their designs were then judged by representatives from POW! with Charlie and Skye’s work being selected as part of the winning design from Drapers Mills and Erika Nguyen-Thorsen’s work from St Lawrence College.
Charlie and Skye attended a special judging event at Radio Margate on Saturday with POW! trustee Professor Nod Miller and Jan Ryan, Programme Director, given the hard task of selecting the winning designs.
Skye created a strong image of a venn diagram denoting supposed traits of men and women above a woman’s silhouette. The image will be accompanied by Charlie’s words, Hope for Women.
Erika designed an equally compelling image with a bold question mark over the statement, ‘Equal Rights.’
The t-shirt making workshop, supported by St Lawrence College, formed part of the community programme associated with the festival which features 60 events celebrating women through art, music, literature, theatre and dance.
Nicky Hodge, Head of Art at St Lawrence College, said: “We are thrilled that one of our student’s designs has been selected to be printed on T-Shirts for the POW! festival. It’s a real honour to have been involved in such a worthwhile and important event. The students have thoroughly enjoyed their workshops with Fiona, whose passion for the project is inspirational. We are very excited to see the finished T-Shirts.”
Fiona de Bulat of DBA Editions, who ran the workshop, was pleased with the results.
She said: “It was great to work with young inspiring minds in a collaboration with our print studio in Ramsgate. We explored themes and issues around feminism and equal rights in a series of creative workshops, using printmaking and mixed media techniques, for example, mono printing, letterpress, and collage.
“We experimented with words and images to generate ideas and designs into printed t-shirts. These will be hand screen printed to be worn by the volunteers on the opening night of POW! and to be sold in the Turner Contemporary throughout the event. This was a fantastic opportunity for a really successful collaboration which I think everyone enjoyed!”
The designs are now being printed on to hundreds of T-shirts, ready to be worn and sold at the POW! opening night at Turner Contemporary on Wednesday, March 7.
POW! Thanet runs from March 7-11.
Free tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com