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Reflecting Lost Lives Through Art

Date Posted: 08/06/2018 | Posted In: A Level, College News, Student News

A Level Art student Tabassum Fefrawala has been praised by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service @manchesterfire for a piece of art created to remember the lives lost in the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy.

Tabassum wanted to use the opportunity from her art coursework under the topic of ‘discord’ (disharmony) to express the nations grief, by creating a jacket inspired by the fire fighter uniform. The piece has been created using image transfer, embroidery, dye, and silk screen printing on fabric.

Tabassum commented, ‘I wanted to represent the lives lost at Grenfell, political and social issues now in the community, and most of all represent unity for all those heroes. We never expected this to happen in this day and age, causing the community so much grief and loss’. In the future Tabassum would like to work in the Police Force, ‘I hope to work in a public service after I finish my studies where I will be able to listen to the public and use that power responsibly, to raise concerns and take action’.

Tabassum worked with GMFRS Bolton Central Watch Manager Ian Read, to research how a fire fighters jacket was made so she could create a realistic representation. ‘I have been working with Tabassum for a few months and found it humbling that she wanted to pay tribute to the Grenfell Tower disaster. Over my 20 years experience, I have witnessed fire incidents but not on the scale of Grenfell. Everyone can be effected by fire, regardless of culture, race, creed or beliefs, we all have the same needs to protect our loved ones.We often see on incidents the power of community spirit in these times of need. This is a very fitting tribute. Tabassum’s work should be sent to the Grenfell Tower Community Monitoring Project were it will have more of an Impact (@GTCM_Team)’.  

Teacher of Art, Ruth Freeman is delighted with the finished piece and Tabassum’s hard work and commitment. ‘The students are always encouraged to create a personal project for their coursework. It is important that students find their voice through their art work, as art speaks volumes and is a powerful message to the wider society. Tabassum did just this – she was passionate about focussing her project around political and social issues, she wanted the fire fighters jacket to commemorate the tragic loss of life and injustice for the Grenfell victims.

If you would like to see the Tabassum’s work, it will be on display at the Art Show on Thursday 21st June 5.00pm-7.00pm.