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Broughton teenager Ava Jolliffe has won a Disability Power 100 award.




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The 17-year-old has won the Clare Gray rising star award 2023 due to her achievements as a deafblind person and her artistic ability.

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The Disability Power 100 recognises the most influential disabled people in the UK and celebrates their ambition and achievements.

Ava creates digital artworks using her tablet computer and raises awareness about deafblindness through her social media channels.

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The award was named after Clare Gray who was a disability advocate and activist before passing away earlier this year after a short illness.

Ava has also worked with George at Asda to design practical and trend-led clothing for young disabled people.

She helped with the design and accessibility of the fashion supermarket’s adapted clothing range called Easy on Easy Wear.

The 24-piece collection was carefully created with the aim of being fashionable and catered towards a young audience ranging from three to 16-year-olds.

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The Allentown Art Museum’s “Fashion as Experiment: The 60’s” is a trip back in time to an era that transformed what was happening in American culture into wearable ideologies.

“Young people, protesting against racism and sexism in their society, young people who enjoy the ecological movement, and more. Generally, this desire for greater freedom and authenticity and daily life,” said Claire McRee, the museum’s Assistant Curator.

The exhibit is broken into two components. The first focuses on disruptive youth styles with bold colors, oh-so-high hemlines, hot pants, and the pop art influence of Warhol’s Campbell soup cans.

But it didn’t limit itself to the ladies.

“We also see the influence of what’s called the peacock revolution on menswear. By the mid to late 60s young men in particular were beginning to experiment with clothing that was in styles conventionally considered to be feminine in western fashion,” said MRee.

These disruptive styles lay the groundwork for the items in the second part of the exhibition, the hippie movement, the idea of clothing being a means of protest and how it could connect us with our heritage.

“With garments like the dashiki, which is something adopted by many young African Americans in this era, along with natural hair as a way of celebrating heritage and celebrating difference,” said McRee.

As part of the exhibition, the Allentown Art Museum is asking the community to share pictures of their families and their fashion from the 60’s to show how these trends and political movements were interpreted in the Lehigh Valley.

The exhibition runs through Sept. 24. Admission is free.

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Marcos Alvarado is an emerging artist from Puerto Rico who has gained international recognition for his striking and balanced compositions. Growing up on the island, Alvarado was exposed to a vibrant and diverse culture that ignited his passion for art at a young age. The walls of the streets were adorned with colorful graffiti and murals that inspired him to pursue a career as an artist. Initially, he started his artistic journey with cartoons and graffiti, but he soon developed a unique style that blended elements of surrealism, realism, and cartoons.

Alvarado’s art reflects his personal and spiritual journey, exploring themes of religion, spirituality, and the afterlife. His compositions often feature religious and spiritual symbols, including angels, demons, and crosses. Additionally, he strives to find a balance between the serene and the dark, with his attention to composition, color, and symbolism creating a unique and visually pleasing experience for the viewer. Through his art, Alvarado invites his audience to contemplate and connect with his work, providing them with a glimpse into his own beliefs and emotions.

Aside from his unique style, Alvarado has also collaborated with several world-renowned artists, including Virgil Abloh and Juice Wrld. He has designed merchandise and portraits for them, showcasing his talent and versatility. Through his collaborations and solo work, Alvarado hopes to create a connection with his viewers, making them feel what he is feeling and seeing. Ultimately, he aims to inspire others to pursue their passions and connect with their own spirituality.

In our latest Pen & Paper series, we recently synced with Marcos to discuss his vision for his emerging contemporary art practice, the creative techniques he employs to elevate his compositions and what’s in store for the young artist’s future which includes an impending solo exhibition entitled ‘LUMINESCENT

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