The Project Dignity and Subz Washable Pads and panties team had a great Nelson Mandela International Day raising funds and creating awareness at Gateway Theatre of Shopping VIP. Thank you to everyone that came to donate and support the work that we do. It was wonderful to meet so many caring and supportive people <3 […]
Our wonderful Subz representatives from Cape Town, Pregashnie and Avantika Naidoo, went to Thailand recently to celebrate Pregashnie’s 50th birthday. While they were out there they visited a local school and spoke to a group of Thai schoolgirls about puberty and menstruation. They then gifted four of the girls with a pack of Subz Washable Pads and panties that will last them for 3 years. Thank you for helping to empower ALL girls to reach their full potential.
Susan Gilbert Barnes Founder of Subz Pants and Pads and Project Dignity
Medium: Charcoal, red wax crayon, newspaper, book pages, ring binder, SUBZ bags, acrylic paint, red ink, brown paper.
I was inspired by my aunt, Susan Barnes, to do this artwork. She runs an NGO called SUBZ. SUBZ helps to educate teenage girls by supplying them with washable sanitary towels and panties so that they can attend school whilst they are menstruating.
I used symbolism to enhance the impact of this artwork. My mediums have meaning and every aspect of this art piece has been thoroughly thought through. The red wax crayons and red ink under the wax crayons symbolise blood. I melted the wax crayons from the top of the board to the bottom in order to capture the appearance of dripping blood. The black charcoal represents the darkness of the girls’ situation and the white charcoal represents the glimpses of hope, which my aunty helps to provide.
The lady in my artwork is a girl that my aunt knows well. I used her to represent all the girls that have been impacted by my aunt. The ring binder, papers, newspapers and book pages symbolise the girls’ education. The girl is carrying the papers in a bundle on her back to emphasise the burden of a period in a poor young lady’s life who is trying to go to school.
I have cut, rolled and glued the SUBZ bags (in which the panties and pads are delivered in) to create ropes, as well as a pattern at the base of the bundle. The ropes are holding the bundle together, therefore indicating that my aunt’s project (the ropes), SUBZ, is holding the girls’ education (the bundle) together.
Project Dignity helps to empower young women by sending them to school to acquire a thorough education. I am so proud of my aunty for this project and I’m grateful for the lives that she has positively impacted. When people look at this artwork, I want them to ask themselves what the artwork is about, what the artist’s intention was and hopefully, they will look into the project!
Thursday the Catholic Women’s League changed 100 girls lives. Thanks very much for supporting Project Dignity to help educate and donate Subz Menstrual Mangement Kits to the girls of Chesterville Secondary School.
Merle Green from Nedbank assisted the girls with information on study loans nd positions within Nedbank