by Ray Sharples
When I heard that Gladstone Brookes were going to pay for a room at Warrington Wolves to work with young trustees and do classes there I thought it would be a great opportunity for them and myself as I design and create t-shirts. I was offered to take a class at the stadium in which with no hesitation I was delighted to accept.
The aim of the class was to allow them to express their ideas and skills to create t-shirt designs based on a set theme in which we chose Africa as the young trustees were going on a trip to Gambia to teach sport. The class had a selection of materials that they could use ranging from glitter, spray paint, diamontes, sequins, etc. They tested their skills as they started designs with templates and then eventually designing free hand.
They had to be as creative as possible with these materials in which all of the designs that were produced were of a very high standard which took me by surprise as I genuinely didn’t believe that such a high standard could be met from a very first lesson showing the high level of ability that the class had being able to take a plain t-shirt and turn it into a fashionable garment.
“I was told by them that they didn’t realise how interesting it was to put a skill like designing into everyday life and make a possible career or even business out of it.”
The feedback I received from the class was very positive with many of the them requesting to designer clothing in the future and challenge their ability further. I was told by them that they didn’t realise how interesting it was to put a skill like designing into everyday life and make a possible career or even business out of it.
My personal feedback to the class was that anything is possible especially if you enjoy it. If the opportunity ever arose again I wouldn’t think twice about doing it as it has helped develop my skills and other peoples, to me Gladstone Brookes are not just a business, they are an opportunity.