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WORKSHOP | rustic wreaths & native arrangements

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The Storekeeper & Co are joining up with some locals to bring you a gathering at the foot of the Watagans with like-minded folks to nourish your souls and get your hands creating.

Elissa, master floral designer from Wandering Flora, is a local from the Lake Macquarie area, who puts heart into everything she creates.

Inspired rustic textures and colours, she delights in creating fresh smelling flower arrangements that brings joy and life into peoples homes.

Join Elissa, in creating you own wild style floral goodness for your home. Using native flowers, vines and leaves you will take home your handmade pieces ready for your next gathering.

  

Other workshops to check out – vegetable fermenting, the truth about honey and nutritious meal planning.

With your ticket purchase tell us how you love to gather to win 2 nights accommodation at The Forest Cottage.

WHEN Saturday 27th October 2018 10 – 2pm

WHERE The Forest Cottage 31 Wilkinson Road Martinsville

COST Floral Workshop + Picnic Box $70

RSVP we gather

CREATOR & MAKER | frances burke

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Frances Burke was born in Melbourne into a family who was involved in the textile industry. She studied at Melbourne Technical College now known as RMIT, National Gallery School and George Bell’s school of painting. Her training at Melbourne Technical Collage with Michael O’Connell greatly influenced and nurtured her passion for fabric printing. Today she is a well known textile designer that has made a name for herself not only in Australia but also internationally. Originally working as a nurse Burke didn’t pursue her true passion of art and design until the death of the mother in 1932, in which she received her family’s inheritance.  

Image result for Photograph by Cecil Beaton of Maie Casey wearing a commissioned textile design “Bengal Tiger” by her lifelong friend Frances Burke, 1944.

Photograph by Cecil Beaton of Maie Casey wearing a commissioned textile design “Bengal Tiger” by her lifelong friend Frances Burke, 1944. 

In the 1930’s Nautical inspired patterns started to become popular within the textile industry. Bourke’s patterns were inspired by Australia’s beautiful environment and flourished with this upcoming trend. She designed some of her first patterns after viewing art at the Museum of Victoria by Margaret Preston.  

These earthy and sea inspired patterns lead to her popularity in 1937 when she established Burway Prints with her fellow Technical College graduate Morris Holloway.

Burway Prints originally screen printed Bourke’s minimalist designs on linen and was one of Australia’s oldest registered screen printeries. In the 1940’s Burway Prints switched from printing on linen to Japanese and Indian cotton. The 1940’s saw Burkes Aboriginal inspired prints gain popularity along with previously used earthy tones. 

“Crete” Screen printed, Frances Burke Fabrics Pty Ltd, Victoria, Australia, 1948

The creation of Burway Prints was encouraged by Pierre Fornari the fashion director of Georges department store. Burke had her own clothes made at the department store and they were looking for new and fresh prints due to the lack of supply and variety from local suppliers. She saw a gap in the market for simple patterns that represented Australia’s natural beauty.  

Her career really took off in World War Two due to the limited supply of imported fabrics from Europe.

Australians financially were burdened by the war and were in need of an affordable option to imported textiles. Architects began to commission work from her such as Roy Grounds, Guilford Bell, Robin Boyd and Richard Haughton. This lead to her commission of designs for commercial buildings such as Government House, Civic Theatre, State Library of Victoria and six different hospitals in Melbourne. 

“Totem” Screen printed, Frances Burke Fabrics Pty Ltd, Victoria, Australia

In 1948 Burke continue her career through the establishment of the Good Design Shop, later changing the name to New Design. She sold her textiles as well as modern furniture and homewares from Australian designers such as Grant Featherston and Clement Meadmore. Up until 1967 various stores where successfully trading in Australia.  

After this time when the war finished Burke began frequent travel to the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Japan and Taiwan. Whilst travelling she learnt about new and different design trends from around the world and brought her knowledge back to share with Australia.  

“Waratah” Screen printed, Frances Burke Fabrics Pty Ltd, Victoria, Australia, 1942

Burkes bright and minimalist textile patterns have made a name for not only Australian designers but female designers. Her career really took off in a time of male dominated industries and she has successfully asserted herself among the best textile designers of her time. 

Bourke became a great advocate for the design industry in Australia. She was heavily invested in associations such as The Contemporary Art Society (1938), The Society of Industrial Designers (1947), council member of The Museum of Modern Art and Design of Australia (1958-1966) and president of The Arts and Crafts Society of Victoria (1968-1971). 

 

Written by Jasmine Thompson

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT | kathy langlade

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT | kathy langlade

From conquering her fear of public speaking in high school to creating comic books, Kathy’s love for art has driven her to explore new territories and push boundaries within herself.

While working fulltime, as a hobby Kathy created a series of painted prints, greeting cards and comic books to sell at markets and online. Last year she challenged her knowledge in traditional methods of art making by enrolling into the Cert IV in Graphic Design.

Her mentality to get out of her comfort zone and learn new skills complements her projects and helps create unique artworks. The course also exposed her to new areas of design that she had never considered before – like typography and pattern making. She also was the winner of Inner City Wine Maker’s wine label competition and had her design [pictured] put into production!

Her first art exhibition is running now [15 May-18 August] at the Charlestown Library and features the paper craft animals made during the graphic design course as well as some new work.
If you are interested in attending her artist talk on June 5th at Charlestown Library please register anytime by the link below. It’s a free event with nibblies and question time at the end and a chance to view her art work on exhibition.

WHEN Tuesday 5th June 2018

WHERE  Charlestown Library, Cnr Smith and Ridley Streets, Charlestown, NSW 2290

RSVP  Here

MID YEAR INTAKE | interiors, events + graphic

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MID YEAR INTAKE CERT IV INTERIORS, EVENTS + GRAPHIC

JOIN US for an awesome night, meet some of our HDS trainers and industry people.
Ask any questions you have about curriculum, dates, prices, career opportunities etc.

EXPLORE HDS purpose built + exciting studio spaces
DISCOVER industry hacks + how to be your own boss
GET CREATIVE winner from the But Y 2018 Careers Expo Competition announced! [Thursday event]

DISRUPT THE NORM
BE DIFFERENT – DO DIFFERENT

GUEST SPEAKERS
Luke Burrell Mezzanine
Louise Maher Hunter Valley Events
Lisa McKenzie Graphic Design
Media Super Media Super
Donna Burrell director of HDS

WHEN Thursday 31st May at 6pm

WHERE 67 Parry St Newcastle West

RSVP  Here

for more info, please call 02 4915 7007 or contact us below

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FREE WORKSHOPS | colour & style

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Explore and experiment with colour and style in one of our FREE workshops in January.

Understanding Colour & How it Applies to Your Interiors 

The impact of colour and how it makes us feel is such a personal thing and we need to make sure we get it right.  Colour can make you feel bad or good, sick or healthy, sleepy or awake.  If you would like an opportunity to explore some of these things when applying it to your own interiors or maybe even thinking about becoming a colour consultant, then join one of our workshops in January.

Create a Vision Board 

Vision for you home, your life, your family and your business is paramount to it’s success or failure, or maybe you have just be stagnant and feel like things are going nowhere.  Come along and create a vision board for your home and leave our workshop feeling inspired, happy, ready to confidently do something or make some changes.

WHEN Saturday 6th and 13th January 10 – 12pm & 1 – 2pm

WHERE 67 Parry St Newcastle West

COST Free

RSVP Understanding Colour & How it Applies to Your Interiors  | Create a Vision Board 

INFO NIGHT | january 4th, 11th & 18th

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The facts are, more than half a million Australians now work in the creative sector, making it one of the fastest-growing, most dynamic segments of the national economy.  Everything we do, wear, use, see and read has been designed.  Our future will be built on design thinking and innovation.

Join us to discover how you can design your future.

WHEN Thursday January 4th, 11th & 18th 5.30 – 7.00pm

WHERE 67 Parry St Newcastle West

RSVP  Here

for more info, please call 02 4915 7007 or contact us below

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SPOTLIGHT | the bigger picture project with bonnie gray

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Say hello to Bonnie Gray and ‘The Bigger Picture Project’, where she collaborates with other artists to raise funds for the Gosford Shelter.

Designing and creating only 14 individaul Italian leather pieces with the utter most colour affection and hand crafted attention. Each case is created to only cause quickened inspiration for all artists, designers, writters, hairdressers and make up artists to create without delay. A leather rolled case that helps unroll creativity.

All moneys made from this project will go to the Gosford Shelter on the Central Coast. Helping the homeless, young and old off the central coast streets into there own homes.

 

A confetti sky shouting thankyou to all the stunning creatives that put these leather items together – Shakirra Rees and Jodie Mowczko and thankyou to the photographers and helpers Jacs Powell, Malamoon Suz and Amy Scott

Shop for your one of a kind case here

GRAD SHOW | pathways and crossroads

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HUNTER DESIGN SCHOOL STUDENTS PILOT PATHWAYS AD CROSSROADS WITHIN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRY

Join all HDS students from 2017 as they celebrate and present their portfolios and work in an exhibition, taking you down a pathway of discovery as you encounter their works, designs and products.

WHEN Friday 15th December from 6pm

WHERE 67 Parry St Newcastle West [behind the big yellow door]

RSVP here

 

sponsored by earp bros, polytec, bristol

INFO NIGHT | thursday 19th & wednesday 25th january

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YOUR FUTURE IS NOT DEFINED, it is the result of your choices and actions. Dare to Disrupt the norm, BE DIFFERENT – DO DIFFERENT Join us to discover how you can design your future.

Thursday 19th & Wednesday 25th of January, 5.30 – 7.00pm

Please RSVP via email hello@hds.nsw.edu.au or online events

Refreshments brought to you by Imbibe Living drinks

Goodies sponsored by indesign

 

Photo credit The Gather Collective

AWARD WINNING DESIGN | Graphic Design Students working with Inner City Winemakers

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” When I was first asked if I would like to talk to Hunter Design School students I didn’t really know what to expect. I was asked to talk to the students about what we look for in a wine label and to give them a wine label design brief.

I gave them a brief for our 2016 Tumbarumba Pinot Noir. I made the brief very broad to give the students a very wide scope.
When I was given the finished designs it was quite overwhelming! Every Student produced a label that was very unique and refreshingly original. The only issue I had was choosing which label to use. They were all of a quality that you would expect from a professional designer.

I would like to congratulate Hunter Design School for producing such talented and capable graduates”.

Rob Wilce – Director/Winemaker.
Inner City Winemakers Wickham

 

Through Rob’s thorough review of each design, a design was chosen as the winning design to be used for the Pinot Noir label in 2017.

 

Congratulations to Mel Craig with her award winning label design.

Mel has been working wholeheartedly, experimenting with new techniques and styles to create an artistic design that reflects both the Inner City Winemakers and the Newcastle lifestyle. Below is her wine bottle label with suggested re branding design ideas.

mel-craig

We would also like thank Carl Morgan from Zoocraft for encouraging our graphic design students and commending them on their hard work.

Working from the inside out, Carl Morgan designs and administers creative events. Primarily working with his partner Lara in design studio Zookraft, the pair orchestrates custom graphic design, illustration and typography, strong on personality and thoughtful in concept. Additionally, Carl undertakes creative festival Look Hear. The festival invites leaders in the creative industries to help create platforms for creative professionals, students and creative-curious folk, through workshops, conferences, exhibitions and more. In his spare time, Carl likes to pass on what he knows, to up-and-coming designers in local creative institutions.