Flax, Fibres & Plant Dyes: Kent Cloth

Over the past year Francesca Baur (RIC’s amazing textiles teacher) has been working hard on an exciting project named Kent Cloth.

“Kent Cloth will take you on a journey exploring European Linen to discovering natural colour and fibres in Kent.”

The project brings together Francesca’s love of textiles and the Kentish landscape; through the creation of natural, local textiles that embraces local heritage and landscape. Francesca grew flax around different locations in Kent, including the public Visitor Centre garden at the gallery and the Pines Calyx. The flax yarn, spun from Kentish Flax is on show as part of the exhibition. Additionally, Francesca grew dye plants at the gallery and the Pines Calyx, all of which can be seen in the series of amazing textile works she created that explore the landscape of 4 different destinations in Kent. These are being showcased at Rochester Art Gallery until the 4th of January 2020, so make sure you visit! 

Read more about Kent Cloth here, and more Pictures here. 

 

Prestigious Film Award for Anna

Anna Cottrill, a Year 13 Film Studies student, has won the top prize in the ISA Film Competition with her film called ‘Irreversible’ .

The film won best short film in the Key Stage 5 category in the prestigious national competition for film and media students. The film is a non-linear creative short film filled with visual motifs and haunting music written and produced in response to the Eduqas Film Studies A level Component 3 brief: the narrative twist.

Anna, from last year’s cohort, had previously seen her film screened at Nucleus Arts in Chatham and at RIC’s 35 Year of Visual Arts exhibition at Sun Pier House. This competition win confirms that Anna has a winner on her hands. Here’s hoping the film can continue to cause a stir at many more festivals and screenings to come!

Tricks at RIC

On Tuesday 29th October, 6 boarders had a go at pumpkin carving for the  upcoming Halloween Party. Despite most of them being “first timers”, they did a great job and carved 5 smiley and spooky pumpkins. One of them has a shape of a Monsters Inc character! Simply amazing!

The pumpkins were then used to decorate the Boarders Common room to make it more “halloweeny”.

On the 31st of October Boarding staff and students shared a good amount of laughs at the Halloween Night party. Following last year’s successful evening, this year’s boarders came really prepared for the outfit/dress up competition.  The Joker seemed to be the most popular choice, together with a Scooby Doo gang. It was extremely difficult to vote for someone in particular to win, but students’ enthusiastic applauses declared the scariest mask, the funniest outfit and of course the best costume of the night.

Students also had a go at apple bobbing, picking chocolates from a bowl of flour and tinned spaghetti and also making mummies out of toilet paper in pairs. Needless to say, all the mummies were beautifully wrapped!

It was very pleasing to see such a good number of students mixing together in this lively event. The pictures speak for themselves.

A Day Out In Margate

The year 11 Art and Photography students ventured out of the college and headed off to sunny (rainy) Margate. The sun was definitely not shining but we headed out with our jackets on and cameras at the ready, in search of lots of intersecting research and material for their personal projects.

Read More Here.

 

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