Gloucestershire College students get arty with recycled textiles

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First-year art and design students at Gloucestershire College’s Royal Forest of Dean Campus, near Coleford, have been studying the problems caused by the production of textiles and turned to recycling for inspiration.

The Level 3 students looked at the history of cotton production and the environmental impact it can have throughout the supply chain. Looking at the ways that design can help reduce this impact, their final piece of work involved applique using recycled fabrics.

Gloucestershire College Art and Design Lecturer, Gail Reeve-Jones said: “While the course clearly has a lot of practical content, we are keen to introduce the students to the wider environmental issues associated with the production of textiles, particularly cotton, and to encourage them to think about the materials they use and how they can use them more sustainably. The students have been keen to embrace the reuse message in their work and produced some very accomplished pieces which will count towards their end of year assessments.”

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The course was supported by the Forest of Dean District Council and the county’s Joint Waste Team.

Councillor Marrilyn Smart, Cabinet Member for the Environment at the District Council said: “This is the sixth year the Council has been working with the art students at the RFD campus and yet again they have delighted us with some wonderful pieces of work. With an estimated 350,000 tonnes of used clothing ending up in landfill each year – the equivalent of each person in the UK throwing away eight pairs of jeans in the rubbish bin – we hope this project will help highlight the importance of textile reuse and recycling.”

The students’ work is currently on display in the main reception area at the Council’s offices in Coleford.

Residents are reminded that good quality clothing, suitable for re-wear, can be donated to any of the district’s charity shops.

Anyone wishing to recycle old clothing and textiles which are no longer suitable for reuse can recycle them at the textile banks, located across the district.  A list of sites can be found at www.fdean.gov.uk or call 01594 810000.  

Thanks to the Forest of Dean District Council for sharing this story with us.

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