For six weeks in June I worked with The Social Outfit and a group of ten students from Fairfield High School’s Intensive English Centre to produce a beautiful collection of collage artworks. These were developed into an exclusive textile print for their fashion collection and the students’ original artworks were displayed as part of The Social Outfit World, the organisation’s second birthday event.

During the workshops the students developed their own artistic skills by creating images centred around the theme of ‘New Discoveries’. With the support of their amazing teacher Melia, we delved into a range of techniques in painting, drawing and design principles, allowing them to fully express their style and individuality. Both running the workshops and turning such joyful, expressive artworks into textile prints were equally rewarding processes.  

The Social Outfit has had a special relationship with Fairfield High School going on five years, collaborating with and providing workshops for their students; of whom 91% speak a language other than English at home. The community of Fairfield is one of the most multicultural in Sydney, home to residents from all over the world, and it was a pleasure to be able to work with these young, talented students.

This project was made possible with funding from the Ian Potter Foundation and ING DIRECT Dreamstarter support.