Last week saw Form 7 Art Scholars Yat Fei and Alex running a charity art sale raising money for the LGBT Foundation. The talented artists created designs, which they made into Christmas cards, stickers and tote bags. They then sold their products to pupils at the School.
Yat Fei, who is part of the DECEM (the School’s senior prefects) and has shared responsibility for ‘inclusivity’ at the School said, “We managed to raise £220, however, we plan to do a few more sales with the left-over products this coming week. I think the event went very well, the lower school loved the stickers, and they bought loads!! Even in the days following the event, many lower school pupils came up to Alex and me to say how much they loved the stickers. It was so heart-warming, and the event gave us a nice chance to interact with them.”
Yat Fei continued, “My inspiration for the tote bag was having something simple and neutral but still promoted LGBTQ+ awareness. This way, people won’t be embarrassed by wearing the tote bag, but still spreading positivity. With regard to the design of the stickers, since my home city Chengdu is the home of the giant pandas, it inspired me to do a series of panda stickers. However, the coffee cup panda was inspired by the Marimekko mugs they use onboard Finnair.”
Yat Fei added, “Being part of the DECEM responsible for inclusivity, we want to further promote this inclusive atmosphere within the school, and we plan to do this by organising more interactive events with the younger years, like giving talks and DECEM socials.”
Teacher of Art, Jess Gilbert said, “A huge well done to Yat Fei and Alex for their success with the sale. It was also wonderful to see the OSCA (Oakham School’s Charity Association) reps volunteering to help cut out the stickers. A great team effort.”