Design Challenge|Girl Rising Inspiration Boards

If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ll know that I’ve been going to school to get certified to teach. This week in the USA begins #Teacher Appreciation Week. So in honor of that, all week my posts will be about teachers and the joy of teaching.

A few years back when God started pulling me toward the profession of teaching, I created an afterschool program teaching girls about fashion at a local middle school. I taught the girls a bit about design inspiration, fashion moodboards, sewing, patternmaking and fashion illustration.

One of the projects that I thought up was called Girl Rising Inspiration Boards.

Girl Rising Challenge

From this image alone, I see pattern (orange dots on white), color (brown, red, orange and white) and theme. The challenge was for the girls to find beauty in images from countries that don’t celebrate or uplift young girls in the area of education and opportunities. And then take that and design outfits to represent that country.

Look what my girls came up with!

Girl Rising Inspiration Boards (International Day of the Girl Child)

Part 1: Choose a country

  • Peru
  • Afghanistan
  • Cambodia
  • Egypt
  • Sierra Leone
  • Haiti
  • India
  • Ethiopia
  • Nepal

Part 2: Research and collect images, inspirations on colors, prints, patterns and clothing styles

Part 3: Create a mood/inspiration board for your country

Part 4: Design an outfit inspired by your inspiration board

Part 5: Present and discuss questions

  • What changes when girls are educated?
  • How many girls worldwide are out of school?
  • How many girls are born into extreme poverty?
  • Why aren’t some girls in school?

Here are some great inspirational images I found for each of the countries I listed.

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