Vote 100: FHS pupils unveil stitched banner

March 26 2018
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Fairfield High School (FHS) Year 7 Art Textile students

Fairfield High School (FHS) Year 7 Art Textile students, in conjunction with the school’s Feminist Society, Textiles Club and the Library, have been taking part in an activity aptly named ‘craftivism’ which is activism through the medium of craft; the end result being a beautiful banner. 

They have been doing this to celebrate and reflect on 100 years since some women gained the vote in 1918. Students found that having an insight into this important subject, via stitching and fabric crayons, helped educate them and communicate their views on equality in a healthy, interactive and creative way. The banner was unveiled to coincide with International Women’s Day on March 8.

Many of the individual pieces of fabric have been stitched using a wide variety of stitches including French knots, satin stitch, cross stitch and backstitch. A few examples of the kinds of things included on the banner include dates, names and symbols.

Elijah Rushton (Year 7 student) said: “This project makes me proud to be a part of Fairfield.”

“It makes me pleased to know that other people care about this as well as me,” added Y7 student Rosa Creech.

Harriet Page, Textiles Teacher at FHS comments: “We are delighted with the way in which our students have engaged with this piece of work. We set out essentially with a blank canvass, not knowing what the finished result will be. 

The students, as always, have surpassed any of our expectations and produced a magnificent banner, for which the whole school community is proud. FHS is looking forward to it becoming a permanent feature within the Library, to be enjoyed by hundreds of staff, students and visitors every year.”

In addition to the unveiling of the banner, FHS collectively embraced the theme this year, which was Press for Progress, with displays about why International Women’s Day is so important, and highlighting some women who have ‘pressed for progress’. Students and staff also posed for photos with posters to communicate their message far and wide.