Our art intervention

Student doing a self-drawing onto cellophane that is attached to the mirror.

Student doing a self-drawing onto cellophane that is attached to the mirror.

Our Challenge artist Catherine Cartwright has been working on an intervention called ‘How Clean are Your Clothes?’. It’s worked so successfully that we’ve asked her if it can be the centrepiece of our Grand Challenge activities in the Guildhall Shopping centre in June. She’s been posting updates about this work on this blog. So, here, we bring them together so that you can see how the work has developed.

May 2014

The art work that will be at the centre of our Challenge week in the Square of Exeter’s Guildhall Shopping Centre is going on show in the University of Exeter’s Forum, on its Streatham campus (building 3 on this map). The exhibition starts tomorrow, and runs through to 25 May, from 8am to 8pm. It’s free to get in, and out! …

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March 2014

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). …

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February 2014

“How Clean Are your Clothes” are two public events happening on Tuesday 11th March (Student’s Guild) and Monday 17th March (Forum) at the University of Exeter, run by me, artist Catherine Cartwright. I am seeking Curious and Passionate students for 2 hour shifts on those days, to enthuse, impassion and chat with students about where our clothes come from, and the issues surrounding the garment industry. Our challenge is to engage students to think about their clothes, and do this in a way that inspires positive action and not guilt-ridden apathy. Top Trumps is a must, as is searching out our ‘Made in Bangladesh’ labels and tweeting about both. …

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February 2014

When I heard about the collapse of Rana Plaza I created this print. The image in the newspaper of thousands of people watching, standing quite still and waiting for news of survivors, caught me. I thought about the many hundreds trapped inside, both formerly as workers and now as victims. I read about the two extra floors built illegally upon the building to house more workers. And I was struck by how the building itself seemed to bleed as reams of fabric spilt out of the wretched concrete. …

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February 2014

… How Clean are Your Clothes? is a chance to find out more about your favourite brands and take part in a unique visual survey where your clothes are documented and captured through drawing. Find us …

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