Today I had the pleasure to work with A-level and Foundation Art students at King Edward VI Community College (Totnes, Devon), and today I asked them ‘How Clean are your Clothes?’. We remembered and discussed the catastrophic collapse of the Rana Plaza building. The students used monotype printmaking to make inky drawings. Media images aided their image-making, and old garment patterns were used to print onto, as well as plain paper. They also had a go at drawing their own clothing in a mirror and then used these to make more inky drawings (monotype prints).
I was impressed with how quickly they engaged with the topic, and how many of them were keen to discuss it in further depth. There will be an exhibition at the Forum building (University of Exeter) in May 2014 and I hope that some of the students will exhibit their work alongside me, to create an exhibition that will encourage viewers to think a little more about the clothes-chain and its real-life garment workers.