Despite the closure of universities and subsequent cancellation of degree shows, students and staff alike are finding new ways to stay positive and connected through a shared agenda; joining the fight against Covid-19.
Christopher Kelly | CSM staff member and designer
Initiated by curriculum leaders, Oonagh O’Hagan and Jo Simpson, the project was announced earlier this month. Speaking to O'Hagan, the idea for the project came about following a conversation with a friend and NHS consultant who clarified that they were in urgent need of replenishing scrubs, more than masks, visors and other PPE.
Scrubs by Milly Tonks | LCF alumni
O'Hagan and Simpson responded with the project #CSMLOVESNHS, and tasked all current students, no matter where they were geographically, with making their own pair of non-surgical scrubs. With the aim of contributing to the supply of clean scrubs, O’Hagan hopes the project will alleviate some of the anxiety NHS staff are experiencing.
Scrubs by Lesley Addison and her craft group | sent to doctors at Helen Douglas House Hospice
We are facing a real-life trauma, and here is something poignant we can do to help save the people who are saving lives.
Scrubs by Alice Morell Evans | Current CSM student
Working on a small and slow scale, the scrubs are reaching a few local hospitals in London. With this in mind, the students are encouraged to include a token or hidden message in or on the garments as a way of connecting and thanking the wearer on a more personal level. These have included well wishes, uplifting messages, removable badges and key rings, as well as insight into the maker and process such as how long the scrubs took to make.
Scrubs by Eva Dennis | CSM alumni
I wanted to help out somehow, and the CSM project really inspired me. It was fun to get stuck into a project again and to follow a brief. As well as being creative, it was a means of feeling connected despite currently self-isolating.
Scrubs by Megan Pettey | Current CSM Student | sent to a doctor at Borough Road & Nunthorpe Surgery
With many final year students feeling uncertain about their future, O’Hagan believes this project will help the students by creating a collective sense of community.
Scrubs by Johnny McLean | Current CSM student
This project is as much about the wellbeing of the maker as the wearer. It’s good to find a way to help when you feel helpless.
Christopher Kelly | CSM staff member & designer
Although this was originally a curriculum-based project, a post on Instagram led to an inpouring of messages from people wanting to participate. Thanks to CSM staff member Christopher Kelly, a pattern and accompanying guide is available to download via the Central Saint Martin’s website.
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