CAS Spotlight – A Passion for Fashion with Matias Belete

Engagement in CAS and the end result of these experiences can often lead to a sense of achievement, a deeper understanding of collaboration, a lasting impact on the community and for some a potential career path!

That might be the case with G12 student, Matias Belete, who has been using CAS as a catalyst to start his own fashion brand. 

I am very excited to see how far I can go with this and wanted to use CAS to document my progress.

Matias started this experience first and foremost as a creator and designer stating, “I truly enjoy designing no matter what kind of design it is. The reason I enjoy it so much is because it allows for me to clear my head and just try new things out consistently with no one telling me what to do. I also feel that I enjoy it so much because I enjoy art and the new ideas or styles that can be made up.

His brand is called Foreign Resource and he is using everyday life as inspiration for his designs.

The latest design I have made I feel is one of the stronger ones due to its relation to the point of the brand. Using a photograph of a plant in my house, I was able to create this design on illustrator. This relates to the brands first collection of clothing encompassing natural resources such as plants or mountains.”

Matias is now realizing there is more to this game than just a good looking tee – namely business strategy and a sustainable approach.

Although the design process and creative aspect is a major part of making a clothing brand, the business side and perspective equally as crucial. Over the past 3 months beginning this brand, I have begun to realize that it is more than making designs. Getting funding and backing from others is difficult, and when considering loans it is important to weigh the possible success against the higher probability of failure.” 

His experience with this creative project makes him a great person to take a leadership role within the school’s newest service learning group, Fashion Revolution! This service group addresses ethical decisions in the fashion industry and advocates for fair, clean, safe and transparent trade practices. 

This is a great example of passion, creativity and service meeting as one!

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CAS Spotlight – Summer Filmmaking Experience

Over the summer our current G12 students continued their CAS engagement with a variety of self-initiated experiences extending off of their skills and interests. 

In this CAS Spotlight, we highlight Nissa Hadi, Emma Dufour-Nogueria, and Duy Hoang as they took advantage of their summer free time by writing, producing, editing and acting in an independent film project!

Emma states, “My goals for this activity are to produce a film of quality both in terms of craft and in terms of storytelling. I hope to build on the skills I have been developing over the past year in the IBDP Film course, especially that of editing as it is a film element that I have found to be extremely engaging as well as a possible path to take once I enter University.” 

Nissa decided to reflect on Learning Outcome 7 during the post-production process , which addresses the benefits of working collaboratively.

I believe it was the smoothest phase of the whole film creation process, as when Duy (cinematographer) and I would have problems with anything we would tell Emma (editor) and give her suggestions on how the problem could be fixed…I noticed that, though we are a group composed of three unique individuals, our emotions heavily influence one another.

CAS creates an opportunity for learners to develop personal insight in a setting outside of the classroom. 

I feel that I could have been more patient/lenient during production and it may be that I could not help but micromanage throughout the filming process. This is something I will have to strive to correct in future productions. Despite that, I am happy with how the film turned out though the acting could use some work.” Emma, G12.

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