Fashion/Sewing and Ceramics Classes at the Northwest School Summer Camp: Day 6&7
Day 6 aka Monday
Session 1- 10001 T-shirts- I started class by explaining to students that their final project would be a customized t-shirt. I gave them a list of ideas and drew some pictures on the board and said that 80% of their t-shirt was required to be made from a recycled t-shirt. Class was spent drawing designs and finishing their sewing work. Students finished their beanie, others were doing some independent sewing left over from Friday. I took requests for t-shirt colors for pickup on my session 2 field trip. ***
***Next time, this may take place on a Friday. Or partially on Friday. Class flow for this day will be: Introduce design challenge- list things to make, must be made from 90% recycled t-shirts, demo how to draw a basic t-shirt (think of seams, proportions), use the CPU to show them some samples, and set them free to design their t-shirt. Then, I would have them finalize their designs and then take a trip to the thrift store to pick some additional colors (on Monday).
Session 2- DIY REFAB- Today we went to the thrift store. I introduced what a thrift store was to our foreign students (there aren’t thrift stores in China) and even some of our USA students hadn’t visited one before. The challenge was to spend $10 or less. Luckily, it was $1.79 pink tag day, and these kids found some great deals! On average, each student bought $8.80 worth of clothing to re-fab. Next time, I will call the store supervisor beforehand and see if they will give the kids a quick behind the scenes tour!
Session 3- I didn’t get to join in Ceramics because I was covering for Katy’s Creature Crafts class. I was supposed to burn fabrics with these kids today but forgot. I told them that their final project for the week was to make one really excellent plushie that they spent some good time on. I showed students how to make a pocket, clip and trim curves, and make fabric round by using darts for shaping. One student was making a pineapple for his mom. How cute!
Day 7, aka Tuesday
Session 1- 1000 T-shirts- We began working on our t-shirt projects. People wanted- fringe t-shirts, lace-up front t-shirts, ruffle at the bottom and sleeve t-shirts, and appliqued stuff stuck on t-shirts.
DIY-REFAB- Some kids started work on their designs, others finished their totes and then worked on their designs. There’s so much going on in this class, I am so fortunate to have a co-teacher to help handle their designs.
Ceramics- I missed Curtis’ big talk about glazing on Monday, but basically, everyone was given a palette, told to glaze thrice, add 2 coats of clear gloss on bottom rows to create gloss (otherwise will be matte), and wash and scrub glaze from tables when done. Tired, that is all.