This January, classes from Year 7 were fortunate enough to visit The Museum of East Asian Art and the Bath Fashion Museum as part of their studies into the Fabric of Life.

The Museum of East Asian Art is the only UK museum dedicated to the arts and cultures of East and South East Asia, opening to the public in 1993. The collection of Chinese art is particularly comprehensive, spanning in date from 5,000 BC to the present and covering ceramics, jades, bronzes and much more. Pupils were especially fortunate to take part in a Japanese Tea Ceremony, which took place at the museum. Pupils observed the traditional methods of the ceremony and even enjoyed a taste of Japanese Matcha Tea for themselves.

Pupils revelled in trying on traditional Japanese kimono before spending the afternoon at the Bath Fashion Museum. The museum has an outstanding collection of items that date back as far as the 1600’s. It was a wonderful opportunity for Maesteg School pupils to immerse themselves in the history of British clothing and really appreciate the differences in the size of people, the availability of fabrics, the way clothes were made and what was fashionable in comparison with current trends.

While at the museum, pupils took part in a workshop on fashion design. This gave pupils a chance to learn about the processes a real designer would undertake when designing a new creation. Pupils took their favourite pieces of clothing from the museum, sketched them, then combined the features of each to create their own digital design. The outcomes were fantastic! Maesteg School would like to thank The Museum of East Asian Art and Bath Fashion Museum for a fun and informative time.