Henry Holland’s Heart for Art
November 26, 2013 Henry Holland is a leading British fashion designer with a heart for art and for a community that so touched his own heart last year that he couldn’t wait to return from London to engage with art students from Zilungisele Primary School in rural KwaDukuza, KwaZulu-Natal.
Henry Holland is a leading British fashion designer with a heart for art and for a community that so touched his own heart last year that he couldn’t wait to return from London to engage with art students from Zilungisele Primary School in rural KwaDukuza, KwaZulu-Natal.
Holland first travelled to South Africa in 2012, a year after his friend and international model Agyness Deyn, visted the RedCap Foundation. Last year Henry assisted the Foundation by raising much needed funds for the RedCap Schools arts and dance programme called Iciko. Through the sales of his limited-edition t-shirt collab with Mr Price the arts and dance classes could be refurbished. His sheer delight in seeing the classroom upgrades for the first time today could not be contained.
“I saw so many designers in the art class!” said a delighted Holland while interacting with the grade 4-7 learners who joined the designer in creating their own fashion drawings using his printed dresses as the base from which they draw their figurines. “The creativity of the kids knows no bounds and they’re not constricted in any way, they’re just so excited by everything!” explained Holland.
“It’s so exciting to be back and to see what the funds from last year’s project has helped build. I hope that the RedCap Foundation continues it’s amazing work in improving the education standard in the South Africans schools, “ added Holland.
Earlier in the year Mr Price associates from the Graphics, Visual Merchandising and Trend departments all dedicated a full day to paint beautiful murals to add much needed life and colour into the classrooms. With bright paint and bundles of creative energy the humble school hall was transformed into a lively music, dance and drama room and an old classroom into an art centre.
“Arts, drama, dance and music is not such a high priority in most low income community schools so it was wonderful to be a part of creating a space that allows children to be inspired and creative,” said Mr Price associate Lorraine Parkes who launched the successful Iciko arts, drama and dance programme with the help of volunteers in the KwaDukuza community three years ago.
“It’s so inspiring to see Henry actively involved with the RedCap Foundation,” said Marc Eslick, the RedCap Foundation Manager. “Through his involvement and support for the Foundation so many children’s lives will change for the better.”
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