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Amanda Shropshire, Bulletproof

 

The HSF body of work does not shy away from difficult social issues providing a wealth of creative inspiration, but ‘Love Coats’ created a very direct emotional response within me.  The resilience of the Tiger Girls and their coaches shows indomitable female spirit. It is hard not to focus on the bleakness of circumstances that have led these young women to Zaatari, but the Love Coats project sees young women creatively engaged and eager to demonstrate their inner fashionista as if they were anywhere. The delight on the girls faces as they chose their embellishments directly influenced the making of the pompom.

The selection of Kevlar (“a material of our time”) creates tension between innocence, youth and hope highlighted in the Love Coats project and the harsh environmental reality at play.