Students at Forest Lake State High School have been working hard this semester on a Jeans for Genes inspired assessment. They have been given the opportunity to apply 21st-century skills and the design process to experience the best of both worlds—design and hospitality—all in one unit. The aim was for students to produce a folio documenting their creativity and to create a product from recycled jeans to showcase at a Jeans for Genes High Tea fundraiser.

At the start of term, designer Kim Bailey from East of Grey led students in a Denim Embellishment Workshop. Students took part in stencilling, weaving and reverse appliqueing on denim. The intention is that they will utilise these skills in their recycled-jeans product.

One student commented, ‘There are so many techniques and so many options to explore when doing design. This workshop taught me great techniques that I will be using in my assessment piece such as weaving and stencilling (both very aesthetically pleasing)’.

Sandra Damen, Forest Lake State High School