Ways of Making | Collective Closets Professional Learning for Teachers

Tue 2 Jul, 9.45am–4pm

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Tue 2 July
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Ways of Making programs offer an opportunity for educators to explore the ideas and creative processes of artists and designers in current exhibitions and to learn practical skills through an artist-led workshop.

In July, explore the diversity of styles and cultures celebrated in Africa Fashion. Join NGV educators, curatorial staff and local fashion designers Fatuma and Laurinda Ndenzako of Collective Closets in a day of discovery and creativity inspired by the exhibition.

Begin the day with guided discussions about the role of fashion in expressing cultural heritage and how to engage students in meaningful conversations inspired by art and design that foster cultural awareness and appreciation. Then, explore the exhibition with a curator-led tour of Africa Fashion just for teachers with optional extended self-guided time in the exhibition. Following discussion and viewing of the exhibition, take inspiration from the rich and vibrant array of pattern and colour on display in a dyeing and styling workshop led by Collective Closets. Learn resist dyeing techniques and create unique patterns on cotton fabric before styling your own dynamic fashion range for paper silhouettes.

This program is suitable for classroom teachers and teachers of Art, Design and Fashion and Textiles. All levels of experience welcome.

Materials and aprons will be supplied.

In the interest of modeling sustainable processes, participants are encouraged to bring used or recycled pieces of plain cotton fabric for the workshop.

This event is catered. Please indicate dietary requirements when booking.

Cost: $170
Duration: 9:45am–4pm

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify effective ways to explore fashion and textile design and its links to cultural expression and identity in teaching practices
  • Identify and discuss the key themes, concepts and ideas in the exhibition Africa Fashion.
  • Develop practical strategies and activities for classroom teaching.

AITSL Standards:

  • 2.1 Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities. 
  • 3.3 Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem solving and critical and creative thinking. 
  • 6.2 Participate in learning to update knowledge and practice, targeted to professional needs and school and/or system priorities. 
  • 7.4 Participate in professional and community networks and forums to broaden knowledge and improve practice. 

About the Designers
Collective Closets was founded in 2016 by sisters, Fatuma and Laurinda Ndenzako. Paying homage to their late mother and talented seamstress, Stella, the brand was born as a way to celebrate the women in their community. Together, the pair are passionate about telling stories, giving back and uniting women through a universal sartorial dialogue.

Collective Closets was created to fill a gap in the Australian market – one that connects to the talent, beauty and rich history of the African continent. Each Collective Closets collection is a celebration – of both the incredible artisans who make the threads and the beautiful people who wear them.

Collective Closets aims to connect its customers with the culture and history of the African continent in a meaningful way. The brand is run entirely by local female staff, who are passionate about uniting women through a universal sartorial dialogue. The Ndenzako sisters work from dedicated studios in their homes and collaborate closely with their Melbourne-based production team.

The NGV warmly thanks Krytsyna Campbell-Pretty AM and Family for their support of the NGV Schools Support program.

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