Chelsea College of Art & Design (CCAD) and furniture retailer Made.com have announced the student winners of its Glocalisation project, a trade-not-aid initiative that aims to raise money for those living with HIV and Aids in South Africa.
In an artistic collaboration with MonkeyBiz, a non-profit organisation that provides beads and beading material to more than 450 women living with HIV in Cape Town, CCAD textiles students were asked to produce wall panels using traditional South African beading techniques. The best of the panels will now be sold as art on the Made.com website to raise money for the charity.
Fellow judge and 60 Minute Makover presenter Alison Cork said: "The technical skill of the Chelsea College of Arts students completely blew me away. As a writer and broadcaster when constantly looking at so many interior design and design products it is easy to forget just how much effort has gone into the design of that fabric."
One of the four winners, Jacqueline Lefferts, discussed the beading techniques used by Monkey Biz beaders and what she has learnt from the project: "I was aware that beading was a big part of South African culture but I did not know about Monkey Biz. It was inspiring to hear about how you can help people through art and culture. I love how they are not only helping these women and their families but how they are really trying to build the community."