Getting creative in costume design

Students working on a project called DesignQuest - they have been upcycling waistcoats which are about to go to Bowes Museum for an exhibition (left to right) Ryan Hunter, Faisal Niaz, Teacher Jenny Blake, Alisha Gledston, Lewis Parker and (front two) Jessica Foggett and Rhys Common.'REF 0407130201
Students working on a project called DesignQuest - they have been upcycling waistcoats which are about to go to Bowes Museum for an exhibition (left to right) Ryan Hunter, Faisal Niaz, Teacher Jenny Blake, Alisha Gledston, Lewis Parker and (front two) Jessica Foggett and Rhys Common.'REF 0407130201
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Students at Blyth School Community College got their creative juices flowing as part of project designed to inspire young people with fashion and costume design.

Students and teachers from the school’s design, technology and art departments jumped at the chance to be part of DesignQuest when the school, one of only four in the region, was selected to take part in the project.

London-based DesignQuest is administered by the Prince’s Trust Foundation for Children and the Arts and is sponsored by The Burberry Foundation.

As part of the project, 25 Year 8 students got the chance to visit the Bowes Museum near Durham and work with design practitioners before creating their own ‘up-cycled’ waistcoats and jackets, using Blyth’s rich maritime history for their inspiration.

Working in teams of six, they were then challenged with designing garments fit to be worn at a celebratory event.

Artist Lone Helliwell delivered a workshop at the school and students created maritime inspired textile applique designs and 3D textiles, using waistcoats and jackets donated by local charity shops and members of staff.

Teacher Jenny Blake said: “All the students have been working really hard and it has been lovely to see how their creative and practical skills in the use of textiles have developed through the lifespan of the project.

“They used a range of materials to decorate and embellish their garments to create their own individual designs.”