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BAGS FROM THOMAS MORE (article first published : 2002-08-11)

Durban recently hosted the International Geography Union conference in Durban which saw 650 national and international delegates attending the four-day event. Apart from the wealth of paperwork and promotional material accompanying such functions, the delegates will each take home a simple hand-painted canvas bag made by women in the Hillcrest area.

Paula Thomson, project co-ordinator and art teacher at Thomas More College reported in the Daily News of August 8 that the project was initiated by the school as part of its social responsibility programme which interacted with the women of the Hillcrest Aids Centre. These include Octavia Phewa, Neli Mavundla, Eugenia Ngcamu, Nomthandazo Ngcobo, Gladys Sibisi and Zibuyile Ngcobo.

Several Thomas More College senior art pupils approached the Centre to assist with the projects it undertook and thereafter the Grade 10 pupils, on conjunction with the art department, enjoyed teaching the six women from the Centre the art of fabric painting.

The canvas shopping bag scheme is a collaboration between the Sizanani Methodist Women’s group, Inx Graphics of Durban which provided the school with silkscreening and the Thomas More Grade 10 pupils.




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