Costume construction students collaborate with the Land of the Fanns and Kinetika’s community project

Four Costume Construction BA Hons students at University Centre South Essex have collaborated with Kinetika during lockdown to create stunning costumes for the Land of the Fanns walking and arts festival, and gain vital work experience.

Running from Saturday 22 May to Sunday 6 June, The Tales of the Fanns festival is the culmination of a community mapping project which began in 2019 with arts organisation Kinetika. The project aimed to record 100 stories from communities across the Land of the Fanns: 100 insights into the things that make a place meaningful to local people, that elevate a place from mundane to significant to a community, that create a connection to where people live. 

Costume Construction students, Stephanie Reeves, Marissa Hayward, Ami Nelson and Jacqueline Lewis-Conteh, have worked on two costumes to create characters and wildlife in the British landscape with their representation of the Kingfisher and the Water Vole.

Course Leader for Costume Construction, Lou Cox, said: “As part of year two, our BA (Hons) Costume Construction students undertake a work placement unit in order to gain some insight in to industry practice.”

“Stephanie, Marissa, Ami and Jacqueline worked collaboratively to produce the Kingfisher and Water Vole costumes for the Tales of the Fanns community project. The construction of the costumes and head pieces, demonstrate a range of complex skills and we are extremely proud of the group’s ability to evoke the characters so effectively.”

You will be able to explore the Tales of the Fanns festival from the 22 May to 6 June where you will have the opportunity to view the characters developed by Costume Construction students at University Centre South Essex. To find out further information, visit: Tales of the Fanns – A Walking and Arts Festival – Land Of The Fanns or go to