Raising Money for a Degree Show

Textile Students at ‘Duncan’ (DJCAD), like any other students are in the same situation. In order to have a quality show, they must raise funds if they want to exhibit at New Designers. A combination of entrepreneurial and team spirit allows them to make a whooping £300-400 a day over a 3-4 day period by selling second hand garments which the students themselves donate to make this event happen. It’s a charming little affair of strung up lights, upbeat music and tea cakes crammed with other fellow art students looking for bargains and of course to diversify their ‘artsy’ wardrobe.

It would be fantastic if this model could work in Barbados at BCC. Barbadians are not accommodating when it comes to second hand garments. The significance of second hand garments means one may be begging or have nothing and most people would tell you they have donated clothing to the salvation army and natural disasters. Mind you, the Salvation Army no longer accepts clothes because they have too many. Our history as a former nation of slavery means taking second hand items means ‘you have nothing’. Our pride gets in the way of seeing the usefulness of purchasing second hand items of this nature. Furniture auctions are rather popular. What is the difference between buying a used garment and stealing your sister’s dress from her closet? I need to expand more on the nitty gritty.  I will continue this later…
























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2 responses to “Raising Money for a Degree Show

  • Tim

    I am considering moving to Barbados to be a part of a new animation studio.
    I would appreciate any input you might have or anything about it you’ve heard.
    I know that the Community College will be a target for new talent.

    • s o l o s t u d i o

      Hi Tim,
      Thanks for your correspondence!
      Barbados as you know is a small place. There is plenty of growth for animation but it is a slow climb. For only two years Barbados hosted its first animation expo called ‘AnimeKon’ Students and professionals sell artwork, sequential art etc. and rub noses with some of the representatives from DC Comics and other popular publishers. You are most welcome to visit the Barbados Community College, we have a small design programme that has been growing in popularity over the years. If you have a university degree, where did you study? I will be posting some stuff really soon, I have been reorganising some things and wasn’t able to blog in a while. So on that note do check my blog as usual.
      Best of luck to you and a pleasure!

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