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STUDENT TEXTILE ARTIST 2024 COMPETITION

STUDENT TEXTILE ARTIST 2024 COMPETITION

STUDENT TEXTILE ARTIST 2024 COMPETITION


 

The Textile Skills Centre, student competition is back and this year we have 2 sponsors, as well as the coveted Textiles Skills Centre Trophies!

The competition is in 2 categories: KS4 & KS5 and after the closing date, 10 from each category are selected to go forward to the final judging panel.
The panel of Judges include industry experts who will select winners from the 10 finalists in each category.

SPONSORS:

Janome UK & Ireland logo

JANOME UK & IRELAND Sewing Machines, who have kindly given a sewing machine for each of the 2 winners.

 

AND

DRYD Education logo

 

DRYAD EDUCATION (formerly Specialist Crafts/Heart Education) Who are giving a £50 voucher to the 2 winners teachers and a goody bag to the first 3 places in each category.

 

Each winner will also get a TEXTILES SKILLS CENTRE TROPHY and each school will get a free online TSC course.


 

ENTRIES CLOSE ON 30 APRIL 2024. 
PLEASE DOWNLOAD A POSTER FOR YOUR SCHOOL AND ENTRY FORMS.

MORE INFO


 

Teacher comment from last years competition:

 ‘this was an excellent extension and enrichment opportunity for our young people and we really appreciate your support, especially after the last few years.’


 

TEXTILES SKILLS CENTRE  is managed by a small team of volunteers, who develop free resources and support teachers through the Textiles Teachers Centre and other networking activities.
A Donation would go towards paying for the website, newsletter and ongoing administration costs.
At the moment all costs are met by our team and time is given freely. Your donations, however small, will help to enhance and continue providing this support and resources.

To donate, please click the DONATE button below.



REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion

REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion

REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion  @   The Design Museum London.

(October 2023)

DESIGN MUSEUM: REBEL EXHIBITION:    INFO HERE

The Textile Skills Centre team are on tour again and before we did our workshops @the Knitting & Stitching show, we took time out to visit the Design Museum for the REBEL exhibition.

DISPLAY AT REBEL EXHIBITION 2023

 


WOW! this was so interesting, whether you are going for a history lesson, a trip down memory lane or just to be inspired, there’s lots to see, not just the iconic garments, but accessories and illustrations and films.

As you walk through the exhibition there is so much to learn, about the start of upcycling, innovation in design the origins of digital printing and lots of political statements and well as why British design has a global reputation.

 

“This landmark exhibition is one of the most wide-ranging surveys of contemporary fashion culture ever staged in the UK, offering an unprecedented look at how careers in fashion are forged, and the multitude of opportunities London’s fashion scene offers young creatives.”

 
 
 


The exhibition celebrates the 30th anniversary of the BFC’s NEWGEN programme. NEWGEN supports emerging fashion designers in the aim to build brands of the future. They support by providing emerging designers with mentoring, financial grants and recognition in an increasingly competitive industry.

 

“The show will feature nearly 100 innovative fashion looks from ground-breaking debut and early collections, many of which have entered pop-culture history — and launched global design careers.”

 


 

 


 

 

“Highlights include the swan dress controversially worn by Björk at the 2001 Oscars, Harry Styles’ Steven Stokey Daley outfit from his video for ‘Golden’, and Sam Smith’s inflatable latex suit by HARRI from this year’s BRIT Awards. Collections and work by JW Anderson, Wales Bonner, Erdem, Molly Goddard, Christopher Kane, Simone Rocha, Russell Sage, and many more will also be featured.”

 

The exhibition is open until the 11th February 2024

 


 

REBEL EXHIBITION - Designer Alexander McQueen
What We Are Watching….

What We Are Watching….

Rachel Addy has been checking out what we have been watching this month – here’s her reviews:

On Netflix, Amazon, BBC and Disney Plus this month, there have been a number of fantastic films, documentaries and series. Listed below are a few of our suggestions for you to set for student viewing:

 

NUMBER 1: The First Monday in May
Textiles Skills centre What We Are Watching photo
The most exciting annual event in the fashion world, the Met Gala, was themed on China in 2015, and this video explores what happened behind the scenes.
The Met Gala’s combination of high fashion and celebrities is captured on film by Andrew Rossi. The film explores the controversy over whether fashion could be considered art and stars a cast of famous designers including filmmaker Wong Kar Wai, fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier, and John Galliano, as well as an array of current pop idols like Rihanna.
Duration: 1 Hour 30 Mins
Our Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
#metgala #alexandermcqueen #hautecouture #bespoke #fashionisart

 

NUMBER 2: Tales from the Royal Wardrobe

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Few people in the modern world are as well-dressed as the royal family, but this is not a modern-day, magazine-inspired fixation. It has always been this way, as Dr. Lucy Worsley reveals.
Lucy demonstrates this isn’t only a public interest, but also our monarchs’, by examining the royal costumes of our kings and queens throughout the past 400 years.
Duration: 54 Mins
Our Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
#royalfashion #kingsandqueens #fashionthroughtheages #crafted
FESTIVAL OF QUILTS 2023

FESTIVAL OF QUILTS 2023

It was the 20th Anniversary of the Festival of Quilts at the NEC this year and our very own Nicky Simpson was asked to run her fabulous Heat Press workshops which proved to be a huge hit! She agreed to do the 3 hour worshops twice, as part of the Academy Classes, and both sold out!!

Participants at Nicky Simpson Heat Press workshop at Festival of Quilts

 

Nicky & Molly at Festival of QuiltsNicky was joined by her daughter Molly who assisted in the workshops. They had a wonderful time teaching 30 amazing participants, the joys of printing with a heat press using transfer paints.

 

SElecting leaves for the heat press workshop at festival of quilts

 

 

 

 


 

Have a look at the results from these incredibly talented crafters, several of whom created long printed banners that they took home to either embroider or quilt.  Many said they loved them so much that they just wanted to hang them up as art pieces.

The images speak for themselves, we all had a fun time! and we can’t wait to see the results.

 

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VIVIENNE WESTWOOD CORSET EXHIBITION

VIVIENNE WESTWOOD CORSET EXHIBITION

What fashion student doesn’t love a corset, a favourite product with GCSE and A level students and their teachers. Where better to start your research than with the late Vivian Westwood. TSC were lucky enough to visit the Vivian Westwood Conduit Street store to see her ‘revolutionary’ corsets on show.

Vivienne Westwood Corset - article image

Vivienne Westwood’s contribution to modern fashion runs from punk to pearls. But the item that perhaps defines her legacy, the corset, is once again enjoying a moment in the fashion spotlight with shows like the Netflix series Bridgerton and its spin-off Queen Charlotte, at brands including Schiaparelli, Fendi and KNWLS, and worn by celebrities such as Adele, Billie Eilish and the model Bella Hadid.

 ‘Exploring the house’s subversion of corsetry from 1987 to the present day, ‘Vivienne Westwood Corsets’ examines Westwood’s approach to underwear as outerwear. The exhibition illustrates the intrinsic links of the corset to historical dress, culture and fine art — which continue to serve as a constant source of inspiration for Vivienne Westwood collections today.’

Vivienne Westwood Corset-exhibition at Conduit street

The designer reinvented the corset by updating a structure that dates to the 18th century.

Dolce Cioffi, a heritage manager who worked on the exhibition, said: “Vivienne literally revolutionised corsets; she did it with the eyes of the modern era.

“She was the first one who did underwear as outerwear. She revolutionised the way we perceive something that was repressive and that was made into a tool of female empowerment.”

Historical research was central to Westwood’s craft, Cioffi added: “By referencing the old, you create the new – this is what she used to say.”

Corsets for men have been gaining popularity – Bad Bunny, a Puerto Rican rapper, wore a corset hoodie while performing at the Coachella music festival – but they have been part of the Westwood repertoire since the 90s.

Vivienne Westwood beaded corsets - exhibition Conduit street store The exhibition’s highlight is two corset jackets embroidered with glass beads to represent the male torso.

Cioffi said: “Vivienne was a pioneer of unisex. Andreas came up with the idea of developing a corset that was made to fit the [male] body rather than readapting a female structure.

Dawn & Nicky 🙂

What We Are Watching…

What We Are Watching…

Rachel Addy has been checking out what we have been watching this month – here’s her reviews:

On Netflix, Amazon, BBC and Disney Plus this month, there have been a number of fantastic documentaries and series. Listed below are a few of our suggestions for you to set for student viewing:

 

NUMBER 1: Coronation Tailors:  Fit for a King

Celebrating the Kings coronation with a fantastic documentary regarding the construction, workmanship and expense of custom made outfits for our Royal family.

Patrick Grant of The Great British Sewing Bee visits the family business where hundreds of custom ceremonial costumes were made for the coronation. The Kashket family, tasked with crafting thousands of custom outfits for the big day, has four generations of experience producing magnificent ceremonial clothing.

Duration: 59 Mins

Our Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

#britishculture #Royalfamily #tailormade #bespoke #generations

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m001llnv/coronation-tailors-fit-for-a-king

BBC documentary - Fit For A King


NUMBER 2:  THE FUTURE OF… Fashion

This Netflix documentary examines the upcoming major change in fashion manufacturing and design processes and illustrates what our life might look like when it comes to clothing buying in the future. Designers and academics focus on disposable clothing and explore compostable clothing that combines sustainability and personalisation.

Duration: 23 Min

Our Rating : 5 out of 5 stars

#futuristic #3Dprinting #AIfashion #sustainability

https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/81123425?s=i

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NUMBER 3:  Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist 

Given that Vivienne Westwood passed away this year, we thought it would be appropriate to share this Disney documentary on her life, from her work with the Sex Pistols at her store to the iconic clothing items she created. A refined fashion designer for over 40 years reflects on what she has achieved, from her childhood journey, to the runways of Paris & Milan.

Duration: 1hr 19min

Rating 4 out of 5 star

#runway #ragstoriches #activist #punkmovement #icon

https://www.disneyplus.com/en-gb/movies/westwood-punk-icon-activist/5kK39tcPG38w

 

Vivienne Westwood documentary

STUDENT TEXTILE ARTIST 2023 COMPETITION RESULTS!

STUDENT TEXTILE ARTIST 2023 COMPETITION RESULTS!

THE RESULTS!!!
*WINNERS ANNOUNCED*

 

We are thrilled to announce the winners of our STUDENT TEXTILES ARTIST COMPETITION 2023.

We were overwhelmed at the response, receiving over 350 entries this year!!

The judges said they were ‘absolutely in awe, and love seeing all the students creations’,  ‘there is some incredible work, and it wasn’t an easy decision to select the winners’.

This year’s competition was sponsored by JANOME UK & IRELAND Sewing Machines and DRYAD EDUCATION (formerly Specialist Crafts/Heart Education).

JANOME UK have kindly given a 725S sewing machine for each of the 2 winners.

DRYAD EDUCATION (formerly Specialist Crafts/Heart Education) are giving a £50 voucher to the 2 winners and a goody bag to the first 3 places in each category.

Each winner will also receive a TEXTILES SKILLS CENTRE TROPHY and each school will get a free Online TSC course.


THE JUDGES:

– Deborah Shepherd (Creative director of Janome) and the JANOME team

– Adam Brindley (International Business manager) and the DRYAD team

– Fiona Balding:  Ecoprint and natural dyes artist

– Louis-Christian Pendegrass:  Programme Manager in Apprenticeships

– Nicola Perren: Textile Artist & Lecturer


And our amazing student winners are:

A LEVEL winners:

1st prize:  Laila Green: Woking College, Surrey

2nd prize: Sorine Furnace: Bishop’s Stortford College, Bishop’s Stortford

3rd prize:  Leony Ye: Wychwood School, Oxford

GCSE winners:

1st prize: Edie Bairstow: Gateways School, Harewood, Leeds

Joint 2nd prize: Simran Amin: Royal Alexandra & Albert School Reigate Surrey

Joint 2nd prize: Eleanor Shenderey: Gateways School, Harewood, Leeds


A LEVEL WINNERS:

Laila Green - Competition A Level winner1st prize:  Laila Green: Woking College, Surrey

Textiles Skills Centre Textiles Artist A Level winner with her teacherwith her teacher Sinead Merry

 

 

 

 

 

Textiles Skills centre artist 2nd place A Level - Sorine Furnace + teacher2nd prize: Sorine Furnace: Bishop’s Stortford College, Bishop’s Stortford
With her teacher Charlotte Munch

 

 

 

 

Leony Ye + teacher Sarah McCullagh 3rd place A Level Textiles Artist Competition 20233rd prize:  Leony Ye: Wychwood School, Oxford
With her Teacher Sarah McCullagh

 

 

 

 

 

GCSE WINNERS:

Edie Barstow GCSE 1st Prize winner Textiles Artist 20231st prize: Edie Bairstow: Gateways School, Harewood, Leeds

Edie Bairstow + Teacher Della HarrisonEdie bairstow + teacher Della Harrison 1st prize GCSE Textiles Artist 2023

 

 

 

 

 

Textiles Skills Cente Textiles Artist competition 2023 - Eleanor Shenderey + teacher Della harrison joint 2nd place GCSEJoint 2nd prize: Eleanor Shenderey: Gateways School, Harewood, Leeds

with her teacher Della Harrison

 

 

 

 

 


A MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR WINNERS!!

It was such a difficult decision, as we had so many wonderful entries.

A huge thank you to all the students who entered and to those amazing teachers who presented us with such fabulous work! We are thrilled that you entered your amazingly talented students work and demonstrated your own incredible teaching talents and passion for textiles!

TEXTILES ACTION FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE:  Making it Succeed in the Curriculum

TEXTILES ACTION FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE: Making it Succeed in the Curriculum

TEXTILES ACTION FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE:  Making it Succeed in the Curriculum

Dawn Foxall (Founder Textiles Skills Centre)


This is now an online On-Demand course:

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Online Course Tackling Sustainability & Climate Change  &  How we can deliver this through a textiles lens

This course uses presentations and materials collated for the Textiles Action For A Sustainable Future conference in June 2023. It focuses on sustainability and climate change, and how textiles education can make practical differences, using case studies approaches from businesses, NGOs and teachers.


IT’S TIME TO RAMP THINGS UP!

Textiles Skills Centre have taken on board the urgency of Climate and Environmental Sustainability!   We need to become part of the Solution, not part of the Pollution!

As educators, we have been tasked to equip and empower young people with the tools to tackle the climate change challenge. Textiles Skills centre online on-demand course aims to give up-to-date information, advice and practical guidance on integrating climate education into D&T and Art & Design Textiles courses.

The focus is on the Fashion & Textiles industry and curriculum, with sustainability experts from high street clothing brands such as PRIMARK and Marks & Spencers; Designers such as Wayne Hemmingway; Climate experts from the MET OFFICE; Manufacturers and Education leaders, discussing how they are addressing the challenges of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance – standards measuring a business’s impact on society, the environment, and how transparent and accountable it is) and climate change action and how this can be integrated into the curriculum. They will be identifying and outlining how a step change in climate and sustainability education can be made, so that young people have the skills and knowledge needed for the 21st century.

Fashion climate change image


Sustainability in education is being addressed by several groups and associations, including The British Educational Research Association (BERA) who published a manifesto:  EDUCATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY: A Guide For Schools

This guide was based on findings from a study to analyse where we are now with education for environmental sustainability, what change is needed, and the barriers to this change.

A summary of the findings showed:

  • Undervaluing of environmental sustainability in government policy, budgetary constraints for schools, the nature of the curriculum and assessment.
  • Prioritising economic considerations in decision-making, teacher workload, exam pressures and constraints, and insufficient confidence, knowledge and agency for all members of the school community.

Download the report HERE


WHERE TO START
Textiles, Art and Design & Technology subjects are the obvious place to start to embed understanding and knowledge of sustainability and moral values, which could be carried forward into the new generation of artists and designers. We must, however, address the current issues within the subjects of just ‘designing more stuff’ and re-educating textiles and art teachers right from GCSE through to degree level, to update the curriculum and stay connected to the needs of the textiles industry.

We know the fashion and textiles industry is one of the biggest global industries and the most resource-consuming due to its fast cycles, vast consumption, and global supply networks. The practice of sustainability within such an industry is incredibly difficult, with every stage of a garment’s life cycle impacting on climate and the environment.

However, a recent study with students demonstrated there is still a lack of awareness of the full impact of the industry and understanding of what sustainable fashion actually is. When pressed further, most students focused on the repair, reuse, and recycling as their interpretation of fashion sustainability, with little consideration of ethical/social injustice involved in making garments/textile products and the impact that raw materials and resources (water, energy, etc.) had on the planet. This links to the potential barriers of consumption around price and consumers lack of awareness of the environmental impacts that enable fast fashion to be so cheaply priced.
Drapers : Sustainability and the Consumer Report 2022 

Sustainable fashion image


The fact is that as educators we are in the perfect place to deliver this message and ensure that young people understand fully the impact of their consumption habits and change their attitudes towards consumption. Textiles, Art, Design and Technology subjects are where skills and understanding of sustainable practices can be taught.

Respondents believed that intervention in school curricula was the best way to educate future generations about sustainability and that having the skills to maintain longevity in clothing use was a key factor to a more sustainable fashion future.’
(Educating for Change? An investigation into consumers’ perception of sustainability and the educational drivers needed to support sustainable consumption) Kirsty Bennetta & Jemma Oeppen Hill  (Sept 2021)


In 2015 the UNITED NATIONS announced the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, introducing 17 goals with the purpose of meeting the future needs of the planet.
The aim is that by 2030 the sustainable development goals will be taught in every classroom (United Nations, 2021).

Through the introduction of EBACC, limited options above KS3 in the UK were made available in schools past 2018, meaning textiles subjects were merged with Art and Design & Technology, leaving fewer opportunities for young people to understand sustainability issues and acquire vital life skills needed to upcycle or repair clothing.

Incorporating sustainability into the curriculum is the most effective way to educate the future consumer. The embedding of fundamental sustainability practices from a young age is the most successful way to influence and change consumer habits – it is understood that knowledge acquired at school forms lasting habits. An understanding of the negative impacts of fashion and/or how to partake in sustainable practices would provide the future consumer the power to decide on their purchasing decisions and which ultimately affects the cycle.

Eco Printing in the classroom

Eco Printing in the classroom with Fiona Balding

But it isn’t just about circular design and increasing longevity of textiles/fashion products that we can teach. As designers and creators our students can work with a host of options and opportunities to develop new products and ideas to support environmental issues, such as producing natural dyes, experimenting and growing new biomaterials, such as mycelium and creating their own textile waste action plan for school. There are numerous ways to embed the skills and messaging and a whole variety of cross-curricular activities.

If business and education act together, we can overcome the apathy of having inherited a huge problem and focus on being an active part of the solution.

Join the Textiles Skills Centre to focus on sustainability and climate change, and how textiles education can make practical and real differences.

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USEFUL LINKS:

https://www.the-sustainable-fashion-collective.com/2016/08/24/fabric-made-fungi

https://materialdistrict.com/article/mycotex-textile-mushroom-mycelium/

https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2017/apr/06/want-to-teach-ethical-fashion-to-kids-heres-how

https://oursharedworld.net/education-for-sustainable-fashion/

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sustainability-and-climate-change-strategy/sustainability-and-climate-change-a-strategy-for-the-education-and-childrens-services-systems

https://wrap.org.uk/resources/report/citizen-insights-clothing-longevity-and-circular-business-models-receptivity-uk

https://www.drapersonline.com/guides/collaborating-for-change-sustainability-report-2022

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/epdf/10.1080/17543266.2022.2083694

https://www.drapersonline.com/guides/sustainability-and-the-consumer-2022

https://se-ed.co.uk

Art Textiles Workshop @ The National Trust Emmetts Garden

Art Textiles Workshop @ The National Trust Emmetts Garden

Art Textiles Workshop @ Emmett’s Garden, Kent 2022

Nicky Simpson – Course Leader: Textiles Skills Centre


Emmett's Garden National Trust, KentAs the nights drawn in and the weather gets colder, the beauty and colours of Autumn and the incoming Winter are upon us. Where better to celebrate this season, than at the National Trust, which is where Nicky led a creative workshop at the enchanting Emmett’s Garden in Kent.

Autumnal Leaves at Emmentts Garden workshop

 

 

 

This National Trust Garden is an Edwardian estate that was owned by Frederic Lubbock and standing on one of the highest spots in Kent it offers panoramic views of the unspoilt Weald.

During October Half Term, Nicky lead the ‘Woodland Banners: A Children’s Collective Art Workshop’, in which children aged 7 to 15, came to make botanical banners using fresh foliage, collected that morning from the garden’s fallen autumnal leaves. The participants worked together with Textile Artist Nicky Simpson, to create nature inspired decorative banners using a heat press, which are now on display in the Stables Tea Room at Emmetts Garden.

Heat Press Workshop at Emmetts Garden in Kent Autumn Leaves Banner using heat press{ainting the leaves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

What is truly lovely is that the children who participated were enamoured by the fact that they would be able to see their own artwork on display at Emmetts as part of the collective art project. Some have even been back to pose for pictures next to the art!

 

Hanging Leaf Banners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not only did they work on a collective piece, each child also printed and took home their own keepsake mini banner. They loved this creative experience, as did their parents.
Nicky was amazed at how easily they experimented with painting their leaves, creating different patterns and colours, they weren’t afraid of colour as you can see by their results. Many oohs and aahs were heard as they saw the colours they had painted be transferred onto the fabric. It was smiles all round!

Childrens autumn leaf banners

Nicky’s own passions focus on creating Arts and Craft with the heat press, featuring both machine and hand embroidery. Many of her own works involve the flora found naturally in our beautiful English countryside, so this was a lovely project for her to be involved with.

 

Nicky would like to extend her thanks to the National Trust, the team at Emmetts Garden and the wonderful group of inspiring young people who joined her in the workshops.

 

“Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day.”   Shira Tamir

Final Banner Artwork

STUDENT TEXTILE ARTIST 2023 COMPETITION RESULTS!

STUDENT TEXTILE ARTIST 2023 COMPETITION!

STUDENT TEXTILE ARTIST 2023 COMPETITION


 

The Textile Skills Centre, student competition is back and this year we have 2 sponsors, as well as the coveted Textiles Skills Centre Trophies!

The competition is in 2 categories: KS4 & KS5 and after the closing date, 10 from each category are selected to go forward to the final judging panel.
The panel of Judges include industry experts who will select winners from the 10 finalists in each category.

SPONSORS:

Janome UK & Ireland logo

JANOME UK & IRELAND Sewing Machines, who have kindly given a 725S sewing machine for each of the 2 winners.

 

AND

DRYAD Education logo

 

DRYAD EDUCATION (formerly Specialist Crafts/Heart Education) Who are giving a £50 voucher to the 2 winners and a goody bag to the first 3 places in each category.

 

Each winner will also get a TEXTILES SKILLS CENTRE TROPHY and each school will get a free online TSC course.


 

ENTRIES CLOSE ON 31st MARCH 2023. 
PLEASE DOWNLOAD A POSTER FOR YOUR SCHOOL AND ENTRY FORMS.

MORE INFO


 

Teacher comment from last years competition:

 ‘this was an excellent extension and enrichment opportunity for our young people and we really appreciate your support, especially after the last few years.’

 


 

TEXTILES SKILLS CENTRE  is managed by a small team of volunteers, who develop free resources and support teachers through the Textiles Teachers Centre and other networking activities.
A Donation would go towards paying for the website, newsletter and ongoing administration costs.
At the moment all costs are met by our team and time is given freely. Your donations, however small, will help to enhance and continue providing this support and resources.

To donate, please click the DONATE button below.