10:20am Saturday 14th September 2013
By Gina Bebbington
A GALLERY is going global with its latest challenge for mid Cheshire’s creative community.
The Visual Arts Cheshire (VAC) Gallery has launched a project to make dresses for girls living in poverty in third world countries.
It is now appealing for members of the public to join in the campaign, which is part of international charity appeal Dress a Girl Around the World.
Gill Snowball, from the VAC Gallery, said: “You can literally make these dresses out of a cotton pillowcase and it’s so easy.
“The fun part is personalising and customising the dress, adding things like little pockets, shiny buttons, anything that makes theirs a little bit different to everyone else’s.
“The whole idea is to raise confidence and self esteem in poverty stricken areas.
“It’s so important for girls to feel good about themselves, it helps to motivate them.”
Examples of the dresses are on display in the VAC Gallery, in Brunner Court, along with more information.
Patterns can also be downloaded from dressagirlaroundtheworld.com and since 2009 a total of 160,000 dresses have been sent to places like India, Malawi, South Africa, Senegal, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.
A workshop will also be run at the gallery from 10am to 3pm on Wednesday, October 2.
Gill said: “It’s fantastic using all our creative expertise and putting it into something worthwhile and you feel really proud of the dress you’ve made, even though it is made out of a pillowcase.
“It’s fantastic for the gallery to be involved in as it’s about using all the creative people we have locally and helping people across the world.
“We’ve always been about being a community gallery and now we’re reaching out to the global community.”
The gallery hopes to meet a target of making 100 dresses before Christmas.
“So we need as many people as possible to come on board,” Gill said.
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