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17/05/18

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Having this joy to participate the first feminist society session and debate cake at with , great talks on feminism and body image💥💥💥💥 https://t.co/py67LsGvaF

17/05/18

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Very excited to be hosting the first HGAED Feminist Society with Dhillon from https://t.co/InhHsHTo41

15/05/18

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Please RT if you know anyone who would be interested in an art technician job - details here: https://t.co/CznDErt8RU,

14/05/18

(left) is our school's first artist in residence. Alix is working with Year 9 on an project about the significance of hair in cultural identity. Pictured with head of art . Find out more https://t.co/6s7e3H1NPC. https://t.co/b3HWn3foJz

09/05/18

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Creative activism at its best! Inspired by celebrating contributions of women of colour activists in preparation for https://t.co/WeJsc69u0o

01/05/18

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Yr9 artists inspired by Mark Dion to develop curiosity in our surroundings @ https://t.co/o2ODDVnrTD

01/05/18

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Discussion lead by around gaps in the curriculum. https://t.co/EQdjOMPU0L

25/04/18

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Yr9 art students will be working with for PROCESSIONS. Can’t wait! https://t.co/VTvFfLwmVB

18/04/18

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Our next book review is now up! Filmed at Tales on the Rye- the school bookshop created in collaboration with https://t.co/8ZVGXTvZhL

05/04/18

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The Uncracked Code has been flying off our shelves. We also had it reviewed by students Watch here! https://t.co/UtasEu3AhR

03/04/18

Congratulations to the fantastic speakers at the "Speak Out" Challenge Regional Final last week. And especially worthy winner Omotola from . Our own Hafsa (pictured) was the fabulous MC! https://t.co/7IQkOTuBL2

29/03/18

Our girls raised £126.38 for by bringing in spare copper coins. Great work everyone... 289,000 children under five die each year due to illness linked to dirty water. We're raising money for water, toilets, hygiene https://t.co/drTuTb8qXB

28/03/18

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A big thank you to Chris Brown and the team for hosting a brilliant Southwark Regional Final this evening!

28/03/18

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"The ability to speak and articulate your thoughts and ideas is essential in life" Thank you Carrie Senior Head of for your very warm welcome tonight.

28/03/18

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The team make running the Southwark challenge a piece of cake. 😉 https://t.co/UZO864q6cL

28/03/18

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Here's our amazing MC for tonight's event, last year's Southwark Champion Hafsa from https://t.co/jd5GAKjozb

28/03/18

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Southwark's turn tonight for a Regional Final . Hafsa Ahmed, last year's Champ, will be our MC for the evening. Come and support Southwark's young speakers! https://t.co/c2dP754eP4 https://t.co/tij38KHwKW

28/03/18

Pics from our Staff vs Students and matches last week to raise money for . Yes, there were questionable tactics and variable talent on display throughout(!) but everyone had a great time... bring on next year's rematch. https://t.co/fP07uwq0TS

27/03/18

Year 7 are really enjoying their project with on understanding national identity and Britishness. See our new national flags and anthem at https://t.co/SWeN391OMz https://t.co/FzgX8KlvqJ

15/03/18

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Sneak preview new exhibition - The Missing Chapter: Black Chronicles thanks to for an inspired resource, curated by yr9 students, and nearly ready to open debate around missing histories in our curriculums https://t.co/5sIJj0bm1L

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Posted on April 3rd 2017

Artist Alix Bizet Helps Students Make Hoodie From Hair

Alix Bizet (2)

GCSE textile students had the opportunity to collaborate with artist Alix Bizet recently, who is currently the artist-in-residence at the Design Museum, London.

Alix Bizet (pictured below working with our students) is interested in mapping communities through hair - exploring how hair ‘matters’ both physically and metaphorically. She uses hair as a platform to talk about the diversity of individuals and "how it is essential to address the subject of democracy and an equality of all hair in society."

Hoodie made from hair

Hair provided the fabric for the collaboration with our students. Each student was asked to collect hair from their neighbourhoods, either from the home or from local hairdressers. Alix then led a workshop where students felted the hair together. These felted samples were then taken and constructed into a garment, a wearable hoodie. The hoodie is also fraught with social significance, especially for teenagers, and plays a part in constructing identities which, through this collaboration, were deconstructed.

Alix Bizet (8)

"Hair is a big deal to girls in school as it is one of the ways students express their individuality," said Laura Drinkwater, textile teacher, who was delighted with the project and how it started to challenge stereotypes. The project enabled students to discuss the impact of generalised beauty ideals, which are embedded through media imagery, and influence how students construct their identities.

Breaking down stereotypes

"Students seem to have an understanding of what ‘beautiful’ hair is (ie long, straight and western in style) even if their hair isn’t like that," said Ms Drinkwater. "One of the reasons the project became so important was that students were supported through different tasks to challenge and break down gender and cultural stereotypes."

Alix Bizet (3)

On March 23rd, the students went to the Design Museum in Kensington to see their finished work. It was a very poignant trip as the terrorist incident in Westminster, which had only happened the previous day, was heavy on all our minds. But as Calea-Jay, one of the students who took part in the project, highlighted: "This project opened my eyes to the diversity in my class … I like how people with different hair and different cultures came together to make an object."

Through creative projects such as this we can highlight the positive contribution we all make as part of our diverse community at HGAED.

Lara Carter and Clare Stanhope, Head of Art 


Hair by Hood is currently showing at the Design Museum, Kensington, London, and will transfer to the ID Gallery at HGAED in April. During the exhibition, Louise Rondel, a PhD candidate from Goldsmiths University will be extending the debate through a Debate Cake session, where she will be exploring the embodied effects of the beauty industry.