TWO of Ipswich’s budding art students have added their artistic flair to a pair of jeans that had travelled across the country as part of Jean Genies: Travelling Pants.
Tourism and Libraries Committee Chairperson Councillor David Pahlke said Ipswich Library was one of 40 public libraries around Australia which hosted Jean Genies: Travelling Pants, as part of the National Year of Reading. “Jean Genies: Travelling Pants was an initiative of Gosford City Library in New South Wales and inspired by the young adults novel The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants,” Cr Pahlke said. “The exhibition involved nine pairs of jeans travelling to 40 libraries where each would contribute their own artwork to them.
“Ipswich was allocated two panels of the jeans, which were painted by local art students Sadun Kadagoda and Ella Thrupp. “The jeans were then photographed in iconic locations around the city and put online by Gosford City Library.“These photographs, along with the decorated jeans, formed part of a Jeans Genies Travelling Pants Exhibition at Ipswich Library.” The exhibition also featured jeans decorated by participants at the library’s June/July School Holiday workshops, with nine local schools and two youth groups also contributed jeans and photographs to the exhibition.
Cr Pahlke said Jean Genies was a great opportunity to work in partnership with Gosford City and other public libraries to encourage youth engagement in an Australia-wide program. “Being part of Jean Genies was a great way to showcase the creative talents of Ipswich’s young people while also promoting the region,” he said. The decorated Jean Genies: Travelling Pants have returned to Gosford City Library.