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News: Autism aware­ness through tex­tiles project

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Central textiles student Jessica Boateng found herself being interviewed on BBC Radio Nottingham recently, after her final college project involving a special bear called Albert attracted the attention of a local charity.

A colourful teddy bear with spots
Albert

A project on her Lev­el 3 Fash­ion and Tex­tiles course tasked stu­dents with design­ing and mak­ing tex­tile items to help raise aware­ness for sev­er­al char­i­ties, and led Jes­si­ca to cre­ate a bear that could help peo­ple with autism.

19-year-old Jes­si­ca has autism her­self, and decid­ed to design a bright­ly coloured bear with accom­pa­ny­ing fab­ric lol­lipops’ to help inspire oth­ers who are on the autism spec­trum. Albert was dis­played at the college’s end of year art and design shows this sum­mer and that’s where he start­ed attract­ing atten­tion, lead­ing to a spot on the radio for Jessica. 

I made Albert because I think it can be dif­fi­cult for autis­tic peo­ple to make friends. I’m autis­tic and it wasn’t always easy for me, so that’s why I want­ed to help. I think ted­dies can help make peo­ple less lone­ly, and they’re suit­able for peo­ple aged from four to 100

 — Jes­si­ca Boateng

The spe­cial lol­lipops that go with Albert are dec­o­rat­ed with faces depict­ing dif­fer­ent emotions.

Emotion Lollipops
Jessica's emotion lollipops

The lol­lipops are edu­ca­tion­al, so that peo­ple who strug­gle with their emo­tions can use them to communicate. 

 — Jes­si­ca
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  • 26th July 2017 (10:45 AM)
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