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Erin’s Patchwork ISSP Project is Sew Impressive!


As part of an ISSP masterclass, Erin creatively designed and manufactured her own pair of trousers using recycled materials. Combining old jeans fabric patches, Erin sewed together 4 panels of the patchwork print into trouser legs before attaching them to an existing, reused waistband. Her concept resulted in a truly unique and ethically sourced fashion trouser, that compliments perfectly the current drive on more sustainable clothing.

Erin has since modelled her completed design on various occasions, including on Red Nose Day here at the School and in this week’s House Music Competition.  

Speaking about her design concept, and why it was such a success, Erin said, “I really thought about the design a lot and had a bit of guidance with the planning.” Adding, “It was really good going to the ISSP workshop, it was a good opportunity and I made some new friends.”  

York Independent State School Partnership (ISSP) is an equal partnership of 12 secondary schools – 9 state/academy schools and 3 independent schools. Initiated in 2006, the partnership involves a programme of different masterclasses for the most able of students across the city, encouraging them to challenge themselves academically and develop new skills in a range of subject areas.

In recent years, the programme has grown significantly and now includes initiatives such as, twilight training sessions for teachers, one-off conferences for students on leadership and global citizenship, to presentations on career aspirations and competitions for entrepreneurs. 

Visit the website for more information on ISSP and what they do to support the development of people in York.

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