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june newsletter

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designEx 2011
The Interior Design and Decorating class journeyed down to Melbourne for DesignEx 2011. The yearly architectural and design event features products and services from bathroom sinks, door & window systems, architectural software programs, kitchen appliances, lighting, art, furniture and fabric. The ladies from the class absorbed new products and technical information for future design projects.

The Ilve stand was a highlight with new products, live cooking demonstrations plus its glowing pink and black concept. It was a show stopper winning stand of the show. DesignEx 2012 will be held in Sydney.

inside industry – honestone
Thank you to Rick Hendriks and team from Honestone who joined us on Wednesday 20th to discuss the trends in polished concrete. The talk was very interesting with many new products and innovations discussed. Concrete is no longer just for the floor. The Pandomo range of products developed by Ardex also offer products suitable for walls and floors in varying colours and finishes. Thank you again to Rick and his team from Honestone.

feature products
Volker Haug
Volker Haug lighting is more than just a light source. His designs draw on clean simple lines and found objects (including the clothes pegs) to create pieces of lighting sculpture. The Melbourne based lighting designer, featured at DesignEx, works range from the minimalist to industrial with a strong punch of colour and pattern. Visit www.volkerhaug.com for more inspiration.

Cork – Natural Flooring Option
Wicanders has reinvigorated thecork floor introducing the cork comfort range. The rangewas developed along side architects and designers reflectthe pattern and textures ofnature. Available in plank or tiles. The benefits of cork includeit is a natural thermal insulator,quiet under foot, potentially save on energy costs and harvested from sustainable forests. See the full range atwww.ecologiconline.com.au

Luxury Rugs
Searching for the perfect luxury rug but the size and colours don’t match your requirements? Hip Home featured at DesignEx provide design services to match your colour requirements andoffer services to custom design rugs. Hip homes sell exclusively to interior designers and architects. The ‘off the shelf’ range include modern, architectural and traditional designs. Visit www.hiphome.com.au for more information.

HDS Portfolio Presentation Class 4th June 10am-1pm
Pecha Kucha Lecture 2nd June from 7.30pm, Carriageworks, Sydney.Tickets from $10. Visit Pecha Kucha for more information
Newcastle Homeshow 29-31st July
Design a Chair Simply devise a concept and sketch it up if selected your design maybe made into a miniature at the Saturday in Design in Sydney. Visit Design a Chair for more Information

portfolio presentation workshop

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Hunter Design School will be running a one off Portfolio Presentation Workshop. Bring along your portfolio ideas including images you like (to show your style), text/font and colours for inspiration. Please bring your portfolio work and any materials you wish to use, these may include board, folders, knife, cutting mat etc.
When: Saturday 4th June
Time: 10am-1pm
Cost: $50
For further information please call or contact us on
02 49157007 or via email hello@hunterdesignschool.nsw.edu.au

inside industry

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Rick Hendriks from Honestone will be joining us on Wednesday 20th April at 7pm at 555 Hunter St Newcastle, to discuss the trends of polished concrete.
Honestone is an innovative diamond grinding company specialising in polished concrete, industrial flooring and speciality decorative flooring for the construction industry as well as projects in the commercial and residential.

april newsletter

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Making Melbourne Iconic Make Me Iconic

review:  art auction by kiasmin burrell

The Art Auction night was one great success! And what I loved most was the generosity, compassion and support from the Novocastrians. Local artists donating their work and people donating their time and money to raise much needed funds to help our neighbours in Queensland. And that is what it’s all about! I say good on you Newcastle!  You champions!

We would like to thank the local artist’s: Chris Elfes, Dorothy Compton, Rohan Harvey, Kiasmin Burrell, Sophie Brenton, Naomi Nichols, Mel Cliffton, Robert Connell, Rona, Louise Sauer, Micheal Jones, Aaron Craig, Lauren Burrows, Kim Long, Sarah Gluschke, Stephen James and Mike Phelps.


  • 2nd April HIA Mayfield
  • 20th April Inside Industry with Honestone
  • 13-15th April Design Ex Melbourne
  • 29-31st July Newcastle Homeshow

industry news

Rick Hendriks from Honestone will be joining us on Wednesday 20th April at 7pm at 555 Hunter St Newcastle, to discuss the trends of polished concrete. Honestone is an innovative diamond grinding company specialising in polished concrete, industrial flooring and speciality decorative flooring for the construction industry as well as projects in the commercial and residential.

HDS Loves

Sense of Style: Colour + Space by Shannon Fricke
Woodwash by Murobond


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Hunter Design School hosts an Art Auction on Friday 21st of January with all funds being donated to help Queensland shine once again.
Local artists have joined together in support including; David Green, Chris Elfes, Kiasmin Burrell, Melanie Cliffton, Louise Souer and many more.
Exhibition opens at 6.30pm with the bidding starting at 7.30pm on the 21st of January
Come along to support Queensland families and have fun bidding on some spectacular pieces of art work.

A HOT Summer Freestyle Art Course

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Come and Explore Kiasmin’s freestyle painting class and find your inner creative.
This summer you have the chance to paint with one of the finest artists in Newcastle, with eight years experience Kiasmin can help you create a master piece. With the opportunity to work with your choice of mediums including oils,acrylic, water colour and charcoal as well as other secret ingredients.
So come and discover your own individual style and interests. Not to mention the outstanding artworks you will personally create and the end of 4 weeks.
Don’t forget beginner of advance you are all welcome.
Day classes :
Thursdays 6 January – 27 January 2011
Cost : $440.00 ( supplies additional )
For further information or application form please call or contact via email.

Open Day Saturday 4 December

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Come in and experience the creative energy, meet the team, listen to current students speak of their creative journey.
Students and educators will be there to talk about their work which will be on show for all to view and admire.
Open day will commence from 10-4pm, so come along and have all your questions answered.

On the move

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The rapid growth in 2010 has meant a change of venue. Hunter Design School has moved into a big, beautiful new space with street frontage. Students can now display their amazing work for everyone to appreciate. The school also now sits side by side with Liquid Colour. This has meant that students have opportunities to experience how a design business is operated, with real clients, networking with industry professionals, resources and materials.

Newcastle Home Show

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A hearty congratulations to everyone who participated in the Newcastle Home Show and Hunter Design School Room Competition.

What and effort!! It has to be said that the final results were amazing!

The three rooms were put together by second year diploma students Nicole Marshall (Crysalis Designs), Yvonne Cooper (Eve Designs) and Jodi Thomas (Spice by Jodi) and their teams of Foundation students.

Teams were allocated a type of bed, bedside table and ozipods and given the dimensions of the space and had access to Spotlight, Rovert Lighting and Bristol for paint and wallpaper. The rest was up to their imaginations and creativity.
Team Chrysalis created a serene adult retreat, featuring a beautiful wall of floating dragon flies. The space was inviting and tactile, viewers felt inspired to touch and experience the space.

Team Eve created a fun and energetic kids bedroom. Red, blue and white were the key colours creating a striking combination. The lively red wallpaper and kids swing engaged both old and young. They created a life size window to add mystery and charm, captivating the audience.

Team Spice opted for a multipurpose bedroom, creating a functional space complete with the essentials for fashion design and creativity. The bold orange and reds courted the eye through the space, organic chalk and layers of textured fabrics enticed viewers to enter and touch.

The overall winner was Team Chysalis, however all the designs were met with such positivity that the real winner was the charity ‘Life Education’.

A big thank you has to go out to the team at Spotlight, Rovert Lighting, Bristol, Latex Bedding and Ozrobes who all supplied us with everything we needed!

An amazing experience for all involved – can’t wait for 2011!!