Fabric Printing: Lino

5th year students at St.Louis Secondary School worked on a scheme of work that encouraged them to embrace different cultures through engagement with a number of different cultural figures. These cultural figures included: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, First Female Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto, Mahatma Gandhi, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Pope Francis.

Students created mood boards in pairs before breaking away to create their own fabric patterns inspired by the individual in focus. Students used lettering and script from the associated regions to create pattern to adorn the robes/ tote bags/ headscarves/ prayer mats.

An exhibition of student work took place at the end of this scheme of work where parents were invited into the school to see the work their daughters produced. Students used mannequins to display their work.


Two students who worked in the group focusing on Benazir Bhutto and Pakistan chose to create two additional headscarves to send to her friend and colleague, Former Pakistani Ambassador to the United States of America – Senator Sherry Rehman. Senator Rehman was delighted upon receiving the “wonderful scarves” and sent her appreciation and thanks to the students.

All other groups of students sent photographs of their projects to relevant people and similarly received nice responses. A letter which came from Monsignor Paolo Borgia in the Vatican told the two girls in this group that the Pope was pleased to receive their work and sent the students his good wishes.

Congratulations on having concluded your art project with your wonderful designs. I was most charmed that you had felt inspired by me.
— Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

For more information on this scheme of work please see scheme plan document: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1n6NXEifvbEmA0l6UYrMfcBp9Z958-DpR