College students make plans to rejuvenate Harlow

Image by Devon Taverner-Hailou

HARLOW College students are engaged in an exciting new project with Harlow Council, to transform an area of the town.

Charlotte Eve, a graphic design student, is currently planning how to make Prentice Place in Potter Street, a more innovative and visually artistic place to live.

‘We were given a brief to make the gates in Prentice Place more interesting so people do not vandalise it’ said Charlotte.

She added ‘We have to make sure that our designs are linked to Harlow. So I am currently researching Harlow’s culture, famous people who are from Harlow and the history of Potter Street.’

Students are being challenged with their creativity: ‘Each panel of the seven bays is 2.4m high by 1m and a half wide. We need to either cover this with one design, like a mosaic of vibrant colours or combine two designs together like sculptures and pottery,’ said Charlotte.

Image by Devon Taverner-Hailou

New look Prentice Place, Potter Street

Nevertheless, there are rules they need to follow. She added ‘We can’t use images of people and there’s one section of the gate that needs to be kept clear for security reasons.’

‘The main challenge I’ve come across is the HPL-high pressure laminate material. We can print anything, but it can’t be see-through.’ She said.

Mustafa Sidki, the graphic design teacher said ‘There isn’t going to be a showcase necessarily, but when the project is completed, students are invited onsite to look.”

He added ‘There is going to be a monetary prize, but it hasn’t been decided how much just yet.’

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Devon Taverner-Hailou

I am a strong character, who is determined to follow my goals and achieve my dreams. Ever since I was able to write, I would always carry a notebook and pen with me and I would fill the pages with songs, poems and stories. Writing has always been an outlet for me, a way for me to express my emotions and to overcome any difficulties. I used to want to be a singer-songwriter, though; unfortunately I have not been blessed with the best singing voice, so that dream had to go. Nevertheless, I still write songs and maybe one day, I will hear someone singing them on the radio. My dream would be to become a successful writer in the future; when people hear my name, I want them to think of a particular novel or article that I’d written. I would love to work in publishing or screenplays because I feel it will ignite a spark inside of me, if I see my name in print or in the credits of a film. I have a range of topics I am passionate about, from films and TV series as they give me inspiration for my own work, to being involved with promoting the rights of disabled people, as that’s a subject close to my heart. So far, my articles have covered a range of subjects; profile pieces, disability rights, college open evening, the new Stansted Airport College, and the Apple Distinguished Status at Harlow College.

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