Tweed for the 21st century
Textiles students from Sandwich Technology School’s Sixth Form have been invited by Royal St George’s Golf Club to work on an exciting project in partnership with Romney Tweed (a community interest company). In 2020 Royal St George’s Golf Club will be hosting the 149th Open Championship and have commissioned a new tweed to mark the occasion. The Sandwich Technology School team, who will compete to come up with a winning design, are Connor Austen, Rosie English, Lottie Fox, Sophie Keane, Chloe McKenzie, Rebecca Meakings, Harry Messenger and Charlotte Rendle.
Preparations began in the Summer Term, when the STS students visited the Golf Club to seek inspiration from the flora and fauna. Their research will continue in November after scrub at the course has been burnt off for regrowth and regeneration. To translate this early inspiration into a design, Romney Tweed’s in-house designer – Rosie Green – held a sketchbook surgery at the school on Tuesday 8 October. This was a fabulous opportunity for the students to develop colour palettes, work with yarn and learn from a professional about the traditional art of weaving.
Chloe McKenzie (Year 12) said: “Rosie Green was very inspirational and gave me lots of ideas for my work. I learnt so much about the history and construction of cloth. I’m looking forward to going to the Golf Club again to enhance our understanding of putting environmental landscapes into colour and textiles.”
Headteacher, Mrs Tracey Savage, added “I think this is a wonderful opportunity for our A Level Textiles students to take part in a real project in the commercial world, that also helps to develop their understanding of using local resources and the environment for inspiration. We are delighted to be working with Royal St George’s in this way and grateful for the valuable experience our students are gaining through this project.”
The winning design will be chosen at the end of the Spring Term 2020 and recognised with an awards ceremony at the Houses of Parliament.
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