Revealed! Our 2014 Fashion T-shirt Designer

We caught up with young designer Rachel Hill from Edinburgh College of Art on her winning design, her inspiration and her plans for the future.

Rachel Hill  What made you choose to go into design & illustration?

I’ve always loved to draw; it’s the best way I can get my ideas across.


Had you heard of Jeans for Genes before the competition?

We always held Jeans for Genes Day every year at school and we had assemblies telling us about the charity.  My mum is a geneticist so she was always very enthusiastic about supporting Genes for Jeans Day and telling me about the incredible work Genetic Disorders UK does.


Why did you want to enter the t-shirt design competition?

The Jeans for Genes team presented the competition at a lecture and I thought entering the t-shirt design competition would be a brilliant way to use my talents to help such a worthy cause.


What was your inspiration for your design?

I wanted the t-shirt to be a celebration of the work Jeans for Genes Day does, which is why I featured a double helix between birds to illustrate positivity and freedom. It was a long process of writing and sketching as well as researching this season’s colour-ways to get to this final version of the design. I thoroughly enjoyed doing it, and I really wanted to win so I actually put in two entries!

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What are the benefits of winning the competition?

It’s brilliant to use what I am passionate about for a good purpose. To think my design is raising money to change children’s lives is incredible. Designing the T-shirt has opened a lot of doors for me, and obviously it’s brilliant to see my design on stars like Coleen Rooney – I was so excited when I opened the magazine saw her wearing my T-shirt!!

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Kate Middleton because then everyone would see it!!


Was this your first piece of clothing design, what did you learn?

Yes, I mostly do editorial design that is simple, stylized and to the point. It was really fun to explore bolder designs and research this season’s colour-ways to best suit the design. It is hard to get your head around drawing to compliment a body rather than a page but the girls on my course illustrate for garments so they were extremely supportive.


What are your plans for the future?

I am now designing promotional material for Queens Hall Theatre for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. I’ll be working back at university as a Graduate Studio Assistant in September helping undergraduates find work and supporting them in their designs.


What advice would you give to students entering the competition next year?

Send in as many entries as you want and look back at the previous designs – be imaginative and bold – good luck!


You can buy your own double helix inspired t-shirt for just £20, available in sizes 6-22.

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Get involved, sign up for Jeans for Genes Day!

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Beautified for Jeans for Genes Day

launching the Jeans for Genes limited edition fashion t-shirt – Harvey Nichols, Edinburgh has the beauty Gene!


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Shoppers beautified in preparation for Jeans for Genes Day with the Harvey Nichols team providing top beauty tips, hairstyle master classes and denim diagnosis from their denim doctors.


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Edinburgh College of Arts student and fashion t-shirt designer, Rachel Hill was on hand to tell shoppers all about her design and our wonderful Gene Patron Louise Wedderburn modelled the winning design!


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Shoppers were pampered with free manicures, massages & hair styling.

We had some fabulous raffle prizes donated to us by Diesel, Paula Ka, Monkee Jeans, Karon Mabon, Queene & Belle, ISWAI and Pocket Jeans, all of which were up for grabs in the glamorous Tombola.


Thank you to Harvey Nichols for wonderful evening of pampering! To view more pictures of the event visit Jeans for Genes on Instagram.


You can buy your own double helix inspired t-shirt for just £20, available in sizes 6-22.

If you missed this event but you would like to get involved, sign up for Jeans for Genes Day today!


Kicking off National Science and Engineering Week with a BIG BANG!

To kick start National Science & Engineering Week 2014 last month, we took our inspiring school resources to the Big Bang Science Fair 2014 at the NEC in Birmingham.

With over 75,000 children, parents and teachers at the fair we were able to reach out with our fun hand-on genetics activities whilst spreading the word about Jeans for Genes Day.


ImageVisitors to our stand could take part in a hands-on mix and match features game, make their own genes chatterbox to take home and even contribute to our giant marshmallow DNA helix!



Thanks to our lovely friends at Corel, their donation of state-of-the-art video editing software for our free prize draw helped us to entice an incredible 230 schools to sign up to take part in Jeans for Genes Day 2014!



Of course, we couldn’t have done all this without our spectacular team of volunteers!

Our wonderful ambassador Jono Lancaster donated two full days of his time to support us on our stand teaching children and adults about genetic disorders and the condition affecting him; Treacher Collins syndrome.


Huge thanks too to our team of 12 volunteers from the West Midlands Genetics Laboratory who dedicated their time over the entire four days to help us raise awareness of genetic disorders and Jeans for Genes Day on our stand.


Thank you to all our volunteers, staff and visitors for making Big Bang Science Fair 2014 so brilliant!

Use our inspiring educational resources.

Sign up for Jeans for Genes Day 2014 on Friday 19 September.


You still have time to denimize your decorations!

You still have time to add some dazzling denim to your Christmas decor!

Here are a few of our favourite things to make out of denim this Christmas.

Stocking denim

What better way to gather all of your presents than in a denim clad stocking, click here for instructions from Nebraska Views fantastic blog post.

Denim Tree Decorations!


These lovely tree decorations would give any tree a contemporary twist, head over to One Crafty Mumma! for full instructions.

Denim Fabric Baskets!


I’m sure you will have chocolates and sweets coming our of your ears over the festive period so why not make a denim fabric basket which doesn’t only look rather festive but also is a brilliant space saver! Threading My Way guides you through making your own!


Wishing all of our lovely supporter a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! xxx


Make Christmas donation to Jeans for Genes Day 


How your donations help!

Jeans for Genes Day provides funding for the care and support of children with genetic disorders through our grant programme. Each year we offer funding to a range of charities and in 2013, 21 charities benefited from the funds raised on Jeans for Genes Day.


We are already putting the money to go use.

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This year you have funded a special theatre production from Oily Cart called ‘Tube’ involving a colourful, tactile ‘wonderland’ using specialised, multi-sensory techniques inviting audience members into a world of learning and imagination.

Oily Cart is one of the UK’s leading theatre companies creating multi-sensory interactive performances for very young children and young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and young people with an autistic spectrum disorder. The young people who participate in Oily Cart productions are affected by a range of genetic conditions including Reye’s syndrome, Down’s syndrome, Lejeune’s syndrome. Through experiencing the magic of TUBE, children learn and develop using the power of their senses. With colour, light, sound and smell, they are transported into an unforgettable land of sensation.

Here are some photos from the first performance of ‘Tube’.


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Another charity that we are supporting is the Phelan McDermid Syndrome Foundation.


Phelan McDermid syndrome (PMS) is a genetic brain disorder affecting learning and memory. Most children with PMS have significant difficulty learning to speak, some never developing this ability at all. As well as this, children affected by the syndrome often have problems eating and sleeping on top of very poor muscle tone and motor control. Most children with PMS need 24 hour care and will for their entire lives.

Our grant funded a family day for the Phelan McDermid Syndrome Foundation in the UK, offering families affected by PMS the invaluable chance to meet other families affected by the same condition, and receive the expert medical support and advice they so desperately need.







Without your support we couldn’t have helped these inspiring people so please keep supporting Jeans for Genes Day.

Pay in your donation here


London Cocktail week is upon us!

London Cocktail Week  is upon us and to celebrate all mixed-drink-related mayhem we thought we would share a very special blue Jeans for Genes cocktail!


Our friends at Coxtails have summoned the most delicious mix of blue goodness into a glass for our lovely supporters. Check out how to make your own below… 


You will need…

  • 50ml blue curacao
  • 15ml lime juice
  • 150ml lemonade
  • Plenty of ice
  • Slice of orange
  • Tall cocktail glass
  • Cocktail stirrer

Taking your glass add in the ice, then pour each ingredient in one at a time. Once everything is in give it a really good stir and finally add your orange slice for a garnish!


Why not host a cocktail party, charge a small fee for each cocktail and donate to Jeans for Genes?

For more inspiration check out our Pinterest page.

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Our Jean-ius Supporters!

Thank you to all of our supporters for taking part in Jeans for Genes Day 2013, we hope you had lots of fun on your Day!

We wanted to share our favourite jean-ius photos of our wonderful supporters…

Carte Blanche

Carte Blanche, Chichester

Little Angels NurseryLittle Angels Nursery, London

Amy Childs

Amy Childs at Barclays Headquarters, London

Honey Buns Nurseries

Honey Buns Nurseries, Staffordshire

Izzy Promotions in collaboration with John SalsaSocial

Izzy Promotions collaborated with John Salsa Social to hold a Jeans for Genes Day dance event in London!


The 7th Chamber, London

Matchborough First School

Matchborough First School, Worcestershire


Coronation Street actress Cherylee Houston at Fairfield High School, Manchester


EdenCancan, London

Amberley Parochial School

Amberley Parochial School, Gloucestershire

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Armstrong Solicitors, Liverpool

Fabulous Mag

Fabulous Magazine, London


Jono Lancaster at Landau Forte Academy, Staffordshire

Trawden Forest Primary School

Trawden Forest Primary School, Lancashire

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MRL Consulting Group, East Sussex

Shade Primary School_Todmorden

Shade Primary School, Todmorden

TONI&GUY East_Colchester

TONI & GUY, East Colchester

Chelmer Valley High School

Chelmer Valley High School, Essex

Corby Council

Corby Council


All Star Lanes, Manchester

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King Edward VI School, Bury St Edmunds

Marketing department_ British Airways Holidays

British Airways Holidays’s Marketing Department

Sainsbury’s Watchmoor Park

Sainsbury’s, Watchmoor Park

Duncan & Toplis in Newark2

Duncan & Toplis, Newark

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Sugar Hill Primary School, Newton

Party Box, Lincolnshire

The International School at ParkCity_Malaysia

The International School at ParkCity, Malaysia

Here is a montage of some more lovely supporters!


We haven’t forgotten our amazing bakers too, look at these delicious treats our supporters made!


Thank you again to everyone who took part in Jeans for Genes Day! If you have photos from your Jeans for Genes Day please send them to hello@jeansforgenesday.org, we would love to see them!

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