Yes, a chance to design their own textiles will definitely engage teenagers.
Your project simply has to consider their experiences and culture, which is
what your exhibit portrays.
They will know the styles of their age group, and the various "cliques" of
their school or neighborhood. Be prepared to deal with possible "gang"
symbols if you allow this kind of freedom. You may want to give them
parameters or guidelines for their designs, or talk about creating a pattern
to be printed on cloth, etc.
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From: "Dembrowsky, Maria" <Maria.Dembrowsky@QueensLibrary.org>
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Subject: [teacherartexchange] textile/fashion design for teens?
> I have a group of high school students coming to view an exhibition of
> contemporary art that uses fashion to address collective and individual
> identity; conformity to social traditions; and social status. In addition
> to the general tour, I was thinking of having them design their own
> textiles but wasn't sure if that would engage older teens. Any
> Maria Dembrowsky
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