JEAN GENIES – TRAVELING PANTS! EXHIBITION OPENS AT IPSWICH LIBRARY
IPSWICH’s youth have taken part in an innovative national program supported by the Ipswich Library and Information Service which will be on display during June and July.
Ipswich City Council Tourism and Libraries Committee Chairperson, Councillor David Pahlke, said the Jean Genies – Travelling Pants! Youth exhibition opened at the Ipswich Library featuring the wonderfully creative works of young people from right across the Ipswich region. “Jean Genies is originally an initiative of the Gosford City Library in Victoria,” Cr Pahlke said. “In 2012, The National Year of Reading, it has been offered to all Australian public libraries as an opportunity to engage youth in a creative and fun program that draws inspiration from the series of bestselling young adult novels, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares.
“This program involved nine pairs of jeans which will travel around 40 public libraries throughout Australia. “Participating libraries decorate panels of the jeans and take photos of them in various iconic locations within their region, before sending them on to another library. “Since February, the pair of jeans destined for Ipswich, has travelled Australia, leaving Gosford for Sydney, then on to Alice Springs and Burnside Library in South Australia before arriving in Ipswich. “The jeans were accompanied by a pair of jeans named after an Australian author, Anthony Eaton.
“As part of this program, Ipswich Library coordinated a range of related youth programs and activities within the community.” Denim Design workshops for teens were held across the Library Service as part of the Library’s Easter School Holiday Program. Local schools and youth groups were also invited to get involved by decorating and photographing a pair of jeans.
Two young Ipswich locals studying under local artist Stella Gibbs have left their mark on the program, decorating two panels on the travelling jeans. Photographs of these jeans in iconic Ipswich locations are now on display in the Ipswich Library until July 11.
This exhibition also features a colourful collection of decorated jeans and photographs from a range of Library initiatives and activities that encourage local youth across the region to engage with the program. While the Travelling pants will be on exhibit at Ipswich Library, a smaller exhibit of other decorated jeans and photographs from the project will feature at both Redbank Plaza and Redbank Plains Libraries.
Photographs of the jeans on location can be seen at our libraries and viewed online www.facebook.com/IpswichLibrary. Cr Pahlke praised the young people involved in the project. “I’m very proud of the local schools, youth groups and teens from the Ipswich region who participated in this program. “Ipswich youth can be very proud of their enormous contribution to this program and I know locals will really enjoy taking time out to view their creations at their local library branch.”