Students put on ‘Phab’ display

Friday, 07 April 2017

170405-Phab -DisplayLevel 3 Visual Design students at Seevic College, Benfleet, recently completed an Easter window display for The Phab Shop, a local charity shop in Rayleigh.

The college has worked with the charity shop for the past four years creating a variety of themes to help promote items they have for sale. This year, the students have been asked to design five window displays, Easter, Travel & Culture, Upcycle/Recycle, Toys and Festivals.

Megan Bewick, 18 from Laindon, and maker of the 3D Easter bunny said: “It’s a relief to see it all up and great to see all our hard work pay off”.

The project is embedded within the Visual Design course and every first year student takes part. The class is split into groups and each group then assigned one of the themes.

The process takes the students approximately six weeks, allowing them to research, design and visit the shop to pitch their ideas before creating their displays.

Sophie Turner, 17 from Leigh-on-Sea said: “We started off by doing a group mind map and tearing out design ideas to create a mood board. We then combined all of our designs and showed the manager of The Phab Shop to make sure she was happy with the design before we started.”

This project allows the Visual Design students to work to a live brief for a client, giving them experience in time management and organisation, as well as enhancing their skills in visual merchandising and communication.

Tara Bowen, tutor of Visual Design said: “Working as a team can sometimes be difficult for the students, as they are used to working on their own, but it gets them to work to their strengths and particular specialisms.

“It’s such a great opportunity for them to get work experience and is great for their CV. Being able to practise on a live brief and talking to clients is invaluable.

“This is the best Easter display our students have ever done.”

The group of students taking part in the Easter window display consisted of Danna Wright, Megan Bewick, Sophie Turner and Brooke Reynolds.

Jenny Drewer, founder of The Phab Shop said: “I’m very impressed with the students’ work; they are very creative and enthusiastic. We gave a guide on what we’d like to promote and they took it all on board, they really knew what they were doing.

“The design is fantastic and so fun, especially the 3D Papier Mache bunny. When they showed me the design I wondered how they would do it.

“We’ve had so many comments on the display; it has really had a positive impact on the shop.”

The Phab Shop runs like any other charity shop but, in addition to this, it provides volunteering opportunities to people with disabilities, learning difficulties and mental health issues. Over 90% of their volunteers have some form of additional need that has had an impact on their confidence and working lives. The shop aims to change that impact by boosting confidence and skills in a relaxed working environment.

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