Education

Hoodie dream

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June 23, 2017

Samuel Cashion and Tamarly Weston show off their hoodies.

A diverse range of specially designed hoodies were revealed to the public on Wednesday.

The people behind the indigenous-inspired hoodies were 16 Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE cultural arts students.

‘Hoodies of Dreams’, formally known as ‘Kooriez in da hood’, takes students on a journey to explore their cultural heritage and learn about the art of screen-printing.

Students then combine their newfound knowledge of their heritage into a screen-printed hooded jumper.

Student Dakoda McGee completed the program with her grandmother, aunty and cousin.

‘‘It was great fun, I loved it, I enjoyed it,’’ she said.

‘‘Everything was pretty easy, nothing was too hard and I really loved the printing stage, that was fun.’’

GOTAFE cultural arts co-ordinator Robyn Thompson said the Hoodies of Dreams program was based around young people’s ideas and what they wanted to be.

Ms Thompson said this year they had the largest amount of students participate in the program.

‘‘It’s giving them a chance to really study their culture, they don’t know much about their culture and we had some non-indigenous students also do the program for the first time this year,’’ she said.

Ms Thompson said each student printed four hoodies and one of those hoodies would go to Kaiela Arts to be part of a display for the next 12 months.

‘‘That will go on a bit of a circuit for 12 months to promote the program for next year,’’ she said.

Ms Thompson said later on this year an Academy of Sport, Health and Education student would work to expand the program to T-shirts.

‘‘That will be promoted by the students for family, friends and potentially the public,’’ she said.

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