Olly and Charlie are supporting Exeter YMCA

Posted by Optix Solutions on October 14th 2014 in News

Olly and Charlie have spent their spare time in the summer working on a project with Exeter YMCA, we'll let them tell you more ...  

Our Summer with Matt and Chris

Turning up to the end of year art exhibition, it’s fair to say we had no idea what to expect.

Were any of the students going to be there (we were two hours late!)? Were they going to be talented designers? Were they going to be interested in the Good Material project? Were they going to be prepared to give up their summer to work with us?

We needn't have worried, waiting to meet us was Matt Tapp and Chris Ireland; two year 13 students enduring their last official engagement at South Dartmoor Community College.  They had not gone to the pub and instead waited for two hours for us to turn up. We were immediately impressed. The guys then talked us through their year 13 portfolio work. 

The standard was brilliant...we got excited. We then discussed the Good Material project. Both guys showed a real enthusiasm and appetite for what we were doing. We mentioned we’d be looking to run the first line (YMCA) over the summer and discussed how things would work. They both signed up there and then.

And so began a summer of meet-ups and emails, with both guys sacrificing a lot of their time to work on the project. We were demanding at times and difficult to work with (sorry boys!) but the guys stuck to the task. Matt even found himself on holiday with his family in America and still managed to find time to work on the project. Top effort Matt!


The collage above gives you a snapshot of the work the guys did. As you can see, they really dedicated themselves and worked incredibly hard on numerous revisions of their designs.

They responded superbly to feedback  and always came up with own creative ideas and suggestions.

They often ended up going above and beyond what we asked of them. They really helped mould the Good Material project itself.

Both Chris and Matt have now headed to university and we just want to take this opportunity to thank them both for all their hard graft over the summer.

We're really happy with their designs and we know their efforts will be of a real help to the YMCA. Thanks a lot guys!

You can learn more about Good Material and buy the t-shirts here

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