Wednesday 24th November 2010 by C. Freeman
Year 12 students are turning their hands to ‘upcycling’ by creating beaded corsages from donated material. The group plan to make a range of items including brooches, hair-bands and fabric bracelets to sell as part of an ongoing business project.
Eight students are involved and it takes each one about an hour to sew a corsage which is then beaded by hand. The girls have all done sewing before but for the boys it is a completely new skill that they are picking up.
The students, who meet once a week, are doing the task as part of the Young Enterprise module of the IEC diploma course. They have to formulate and run a business in a project that culminates in selling their products at a market stall in Milton Keynes alongside other students from around the region.
Head of Business, Ms Rachel Kay said: ‘Part of the criteria of the competition is that there is an environmentally aware element to it. The students decided to make something in order to maximise the environmentally friendly factor rather than just buying or selling something that already exists.
‘We decided to focus on a small product range so that everyone could get involved. We have had a few weeks of discussion and it has taken us a while to hit the production stage. The girls have all done textiles and sewing before but it is a completely new skill that the boys are picking up well. If anyone has any material or beads they would like to donate then it would be great if they could get in touch.’