Catwalk stars showcase creative fashion styles
Blackpool Sixth celebrated the 10th anniversary of their annual Young at Art fashion showcase and art exhibition on June 19th 2017.
The collections included structural creations inspired by architecture, upcycled clothing created as wearable art, fashion influenced by cultures across the world and clothing created through inspiration from fashion through the ages.
Artwork from students across fine art, photography, graphics and art, craft and design courses was also on display in the purpose built art workspace, The Frame.
One featured artist, Erin Cooke, an upper sixth student, received the Martin Johnstone darkroom prize, for her work documenting concentration camps in Europe.
Erin explained: “I went to Krakow in May and whilst I was there I visited Auschwitz and Birkenau and when I arrived I spoke to my own private tour guide and asked her if It was ok with me taking images of the condition each block was in and trying to capture as many images as I could of the camps.
“She told me to take as many photos as I could and do as much as I could with these images.
“She wanted me to come home and tell everyone what I had witnessed and everything I had learnt from the hidden history of what had happened there. I took these images to make a difference and I was so honoured to be awarded for the best darkroom image as now I feel I have made something of my images from Auschwitz.”
High school competition winners were presented with prizes by former Blackpool Sixth student and actor, Paul Richardson. Paul (stage name Paul Eryk Atlas) has just wrapped up filming Netflix’s adaptation of Emily Bronte’s classic Wuthering Heights, due for release in 2018. First prize winner was Katie Mason from St Aidan’s C of E High School; second prize was awarded to Robyn Paine from Lytham St Anne’s High Technology College and third place was Dans Kurjanovics from Carr Hill High, Kirkham.
Paul said: “It was such privilege to be there. Such a wonderful exhibition this year, these students should be so proud of themselves.”
Above: Erin Cooke’s winning photograph taken at Auschwitz.
Above: Katie Mason’s winning artwork in the high school competition.