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The sweet taste of success.
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Megan and Lauren's 'upcycled hat' modelled by Esther Onwuegbuzie.
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Hard at work making the BW Factor set.
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A speedy scooter being put through its paces.
Monday 18th March 2013 by C. Freeman

Students have shown their creative side with recent design technology projects, creating clothes, cakes, scooters and a stage set in just a few lessons. They were given a choice as to which of the four projects they wanted to tackle.

Those on the catering course created an afternoon tea. Peter Gorringe said: ‘I am not the best at cooking but have considered doing it as a GCSE option. I thought this session would be the most fun and we have been making cakes, scones, bread and sandwich fillings.’

Some were equally as creative with an ‘upcycling project’ creating a new use for an old item. One stunning example was by Megan Brown and Lauren Evans who converted a plain lampshade into an embellished hat. Megan said: ‘Our inspiration came from Audrey Hepburn, as I had seen so many images of her wearing so many styles. Her head wear was unique, as many of her hats were very intricate or oversized. To accessorize our item, we used magazines to form petals and gave them a 3D effect with wire from old hair ties, whilst we also filled any gaps with beads from unused bracelets. So it's all upcycled as well!’

Hope Beesley and Harriet Nicholls created a dress from cardboard and newspaper, Pippa Lee and Elise Harrison made a dress from plastic bags and a t-shirt, while Megan Sawyer, Karmen Woolley and Shannon Panter cut up a T-shirt dress to create a bag.

Teacher Miss Moore said: ‘Some of the upcycled dresses have been very successful and the best examples will be displayed at an exhibition at Northampton’s Guildhall later this month.

Teams of four worked on the speedy scooter project, cutting out and machining wooden components which were then assembled into working scooters. Teacher Mr Barrett said: ‘They are all busy and engaged which is great to see and they are refining their designs.’

The final group will spend the first week of next term putting the finishing touches to their set design for BW Factor, which takes place on Saturday 23 March. They are working under the guidance of Head of DT Mr Browne and are busy creating models of the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and other New York landmarks.

Phoebe Payne is working with Sam Bristow, Theresa Woods and Sasha Thompson to create Grand Central Station. She said: ‘We are making the frame at the moment and have learned how to join the corners. We have had to cut all the bits ourselves.’

Mr Browne said: ‘I selected the overall theme and they chose which buildings they wanted to do. They are light thin frames but it will give them an idea of building simple sets. We are working to a tight deadline and will laser cut some of the materials. Like all of the other projects across the department it is an intensive team building exercise creating something that is both useful and attractive.’

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