UoG at Cheltenham Jazz Festival | Lowri Isaac | Level 4

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We didn’t let the rain dampen our fun this Bank Holiday Monday at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival in the Montpellier Gardens…

We have been working along side fellow students from the Events management course to promote the Fashion degree for the past couple of weeks. They had been tasked to promote the course right here in Cheltenham at the Jazz Festival, which took place from the 27 April – 2 May 2016, marking the 20th year of the Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

Local events are important to us, as it gives us a great opportunity to showcase our work and final outcomes to people from the area and people who specialise in the field. This is one of many great opportunities we have encountered in our first year as fashion students.

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The canvas bags ready to be decorated!

We were all asked to create a print design that would promote both the fashion course and the Jazz Festival. This design would then be printed on to bags, along with our course logo then given out to children and adults to decorate on the day. I created a design that both represented the course by including a dress stand on one side and a double bass on the other side that would incorporate the Jazz Festival.

We had a very busy week last week preparing these bags for the Jazz Festival, this consisted of screen-printing 150 bags! This is where our great teamwork came in to play as Lauren, Abi, Jessica and myself got printing! We take every opportunity that is offered to us and indeed there have been quite a few this year.

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Screen-printing the 150 bags ready for the Jazz Festival

We develop new skills every day..

This isn’t the first opportunity we’ve had to work with screen-printing, last year we completed a surface design module that consisted of a variety of processes in surface design that inform print and texture. Through research, design and technical workshops, we developed skills in digital, knit, embroidery and fabric manipulation. The outcome of this module was 6 unique prints professionally displayed on swatch cards to be exhibited, these were completed with the guidance of local surface designer Lex Feather. I really enjoyed this module, as it was unlike anything I had done before which meant I learnt many new skills within print, knit, embroidery and fabric manipulation.

We were luckily sheltered from the rain on Monday in the bandstand, where we had lots of fun returning to our childhoods whilst helping the children create ‘pom-poms’ to tie on to their bags, plus helping them colour in their own designs.

The Festival had plenty to offer and included performances from artists Jamie Cullen and Elkie Brooks throughout the day. Of course we couldn’t leave the festival without trying the wide variety of tasty food on offer…

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The team enjoying the delicious food at the Festival after a busy afternoon

We look forward to many more exciting events to follow in the next few weeks, including our end of year fashion show and the Fashion Is Everything We Do event in June.

By Lowri Isaac

Level 4 BA Fashion Design Student

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