The gift that keeps giv­ing

Hastings Leader - - Gardening -

The fight against sin­gle-use plas­tic bags just got a bit more cre­ative with hand crafted bags made by EIT stu­dents.

More than 30 bags have been made for Boomerang Bags Hawke’s Bay to dis­trib­ute through­out the re­gion.

Boomerang Bags is a grass­roots ini­tia­tive aimed at re­duc­ing plas­tic pol­lu­tion of sin­gle-use plas­tic bag by pro­vid­ing the pub­lic with re­us­able bags.

Us­ing re­cy­cled fab­ric, in­clud­ing denim jeans and skirts, stu­dents have cre­ated the unique bags as part of their Level 3 Art and De­sign Cer­tifi­cate pro­gramme.

The bags fea­ture the Boomerang Bags logo that was screen printed as part of the course learn­ing.

The six-month cer­tifi­cate gives stu­dents a ‘taster’ of four dis­ci­plines within EIT’s Ideaschool — fash­ion, art and de­sign, mu­sic and screen pro­duc­tion. In the art and fash­ion seg­ment, the stu­dents un­der­take a num­ber of screen print­ing and sewing projects in­clud­ing the bags, and a pin cush­ion to their own de­sign.

They are also re­quired to de­sign and cre­ate a pepeha-in­spired lino print and in­cor­po­rate that into an item that ex­presses them­selves and cel­e­brates their in­di­vid­u­al­ity.

This group has also cre­ated bunting for St An­drew’s Op Shop in West­shore to thank them for the denim jeans do­nated over the years.

“We are beg­ging for jeans all the time,” says Ch­eryl Downie, Ideaschool tu­tor.

“St An­drew’s is ex­tremely gen­er­ous to­wards us and cre­at­ing and print­ing the bunting from of­f­cuts was a fun way for us to say thanks.”

Olivia Watts from Ak­ina Hast­ings is pic­tured with Ch­eryl Downie at EIT Ideaschool and her cac­tus pin cush­ion and some of her Boomerang bags. The bunting for St An­drew’s can be seen be­hind.

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