Cardboard Catwalk Comes to College

In what has become a highlight on the Strode College calendar, Art and Design students took to the ‘catwalk’, clad in creative, cardboard costumes which were constructed in just two days, ahead of the project finale: a stunning catwalk show in front of other students and staff. 


Students worked together in small groups to design and construct fantastical cardboard costumes, using recycled cardboard, brown tape, paper, string and waste material.  Get-ups included Beauty and the Beast, Vishnu, Shark Attack, Space Thing, The Sumo Wrestler that Missed Leg Day and Scary Beary [see photos]. All of the costumes showed a great deal of thought, imagination and skill.

Duncan Cameron, Strode College’s Foundation Art and Design course manager, said: “We always kick off the year with a project to warm up the students’ creativity after the summer holidays – they don’t know each other when they start this, so it’s a really nice way to work together and make new friends. We want them to hit the ground running with this fun induction, and they’ve shown great design and construction skills and created some fantastic costumes. We’ve had a wonderful time working with them – watching their ideas develop and their confidence grow. I think we’re in for another brilliant year of art and design at Strode.”


Students who worked on the cardboard costumes are studying Art and Design Level 3 Extended Diploma and Art and Design Foundation pre-degree Diploma.

Ruby Craner-Buckley, from Stoney Stratton near Evercreech and previously at Ansford Academy is currently studying Art and Design Foundation pre-degree diploma. She helped create ‘After Trump – Queen of the New Apocalypse’: “It’s been a really fun 48 hours. We changed our idea 24 hours in, so we actually created this in one day! It’s been a real team effort as we have all made different parts of the outfit. We wanted to make the theme as topical as possible; it’s set in a post-Trump wasteland: I’ve caught and over-thrown Trump and am now the Queen of the World.”


Strode College also teaches A Level Art and Design and Art and Design Level 2 Diploma.  For full details of courses available and for more photos of the cardboard creations visit the college website:


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