Circulating in the local news last year end was a lawyer, Dipa Swaminathan. She embarked on a personal project gifting prepaid mobile credit cards, raincoats, clothing, and food to Hindu foreign workers on the eve of Deepavali. The project was christened, 'itsrainingraincoats'.
Coincidentally a lady named Ginette Chittick came across this article on Facebook. Chittick is also the programme leader of the Diploma in Fashion course at LASELLE College of the Arts. She proposed to continue initiative with her students.
"Our students could design dual-function or sustainable raincoats – ones that could be transformed into floor mats or sleeping bags," Chittick quips. Living in Singapore, she often witnessed how migrant workers take afternoon naps or dine on the floor at construction sites.
She gave her design students a simple brief – to meet migrant workers at their workplace, speak to them and learn of their needs.
"The aim was for students to see themselves placed in a community rather than siloed in the spheres of their own existence. Design is about empathy. You're always designing for someone else," Chittick concludes."
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