Students are designing manga characters using smart textiles and technology. The Year 7 students are cutting and sewing their own patterns, then embellishing them using glow-in-the-dark gels and colour-changing dye.
Paras Bains made a crime-fighting manga pig that glows in the dark: ‘I am hand sewing the little parts and will use the sewing machine for the bigger pieces.’
Chloe Loveridge is making an owl character: 'I will be using some of the glow-in-the-dark gel for the inside of his ears and I might put a bit on his beak.’
Katie Lines made a magical flying horse while Katie Dyson was inspired by a rabbit design with cat’s eyes: ‘It is made of soft fabric and different materials. I have put dots on his ears and paws to make them special features.’
Emily McAleese created a pink owl: ‘ So far the hardest thing has been trying to sew the eyes on.' Emile Beautiman is making a green elephant with superpowers: ‘I am enjoying learning how to sew because now I can make my own things at home.’
Teacher Miss Moore said: ‘Manga is so popular and the students are all really excited about that; it really gets the boys interested as well. They have designed the manga toys and made their own patterns. The only thing they have struggled with is remembering the seam allowance!
'They are using a combination of pattern making, hand and machine sewing, appliqué and structural techniques and have produced some really good manga-style drawings and beautiful designs. The textiles industry is evolving with smart technologies, such as thermochromic and phosphorescent finishes and the students have linked some of the technology they are using here to things they have learned in their science lessons.’