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INFO NIGHT | mid-year intake 2019

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FORGE YOUR OWN PATH

“The question isn’t who is going to let me;

it’s who is going to stop me” – Ayn Rand

The design industry is continually expanding, and the range of career paths is diverse.
As our environment and technology changes around us, design is a constant.

Design is more than aesthetics.
It is the unseen bond between the elements that make sense of the world.
It is what makes a room feel right, or a website easy to navigate.

Design is humanistic.
It solves problems with critical thinking and creative solutions.
It uses technology as a tool rather than a driver.

Design is curious.
It questions, explores and plays.
It allows continual learning and discovery.

 

Join us for an awesome night.
Ask any questions you have about curriculum, dates, prices, career opportunities etc.

Monday 6th May
5.30pm – 6:30pm

Make sure you reserve your place by completing the RSVP form below.

2019 Mid-Year Info Night
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INSTA CRUSH | iridescent kitchenware by essarai ceramics’

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Crystals and ceramics – together at last! American artist Collin Lynch meticulously blends the two together to create a unique and colourful collection.  Inspired by nature and seeking to break the mould of conventional shaped kitchenware , Lynch crafts  quirky custom pieces from his home studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Essarai Ceramics opens a door for whimsy, wonder and the curiosities of our childhood to reenter and re-inspire, enriching our lives through reminders that decorate ones home. Each piece is handcrafted with water, clay, hands and heart; each piece of wood, crystal or notch carved and strategically placed by Fate, where all things eventually fall into place.

Machines manufacture perfection- the stark white, flawless atmosphere created by mechanics and mathematics- a realm where the soul has been lost. We now live in a world where our aesthetics have adapted to a fabricated perfection, stunting the bud of creativity that is attempting to blossom.

The pieces sit in the middle between functional and sculptural. Geometric shapes burst from the side, making you feel like you are holding a collection of iridescent crystals – an exciting perk to your morning ritual!

Through my work, I seek to unveil perfection through imperfection, which is where Truth lies. Nature, being the most delicate yet enduring example of this paradox, is where through the rough surfaces and shattered angles, we are reunited with ourselves.

Essarai Ceramics’ products are inspired by and named for specific stones like Amethyst and Smokey Quartz. The range is available in a variety of colours to choose from, and also the option to custom order if you are looking for a specific hue.

INSTA @essarai_ceramics
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EVENT | HDS x The Design Kids

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HDS is thrilled to be hosting April’s edition of #tdktuesdays! Join us next Tuesday at to kick off the sixth edition of 36 Days of Type!  There will be plenty of cheap drinks and a few drawing materials if you can’t source your own.  Digital and analogue tools welcome – there’s plenty of space for all kinds of experimentin’.

Come flex your type skills!

36 Days of Type (@36daysoftype) is a project that invites designers, illustrators and visual artists to express their interpretation of the letters and numbers of our alphabet. The challenge is to design a letter or number for each day of the 36 days. Participants share their artworks via Instagram by uploading their entries with the project hashtag #36daysoftype and daily hashtag #36days_[Letter/Number]. From all daily entries, a curated selection will be published on the 36 Days of Type Instagram account (169k followers!).

This is a chance to get a head start on your first few letters if you think you’re up for the challenge!  If you want to participate for a few days or even just a single letter you can too.  If you don’t want to draw but feel like some quality banter on your Tuesday night, that’s good too.

 

Not sure what #TDKtuesdays is all about? It’s a no-pressure, beginners welcome, hi-fives encouraged anti-networking event on the first Tuesday of every month.

We’ve decided here at The Design Kids HQ that there is waaaay too much emailing and not enough socialising. So roll on #TDKtuesdays, where every month our fabulous TDK City hosts across the globe organise everything from free workshops to panel discussions, to design pub trivia, to studio tours with some of our fave industry peeps, and heaps more.

It’s a great place for design students, graduates and professionals to meet other design students, graduates and professionals, have a chat, swap notes, get involved and just generally build a bigger and better design community in their cities. If you are shy and “networking” (dirty word) is hard, this is an easy place to start. Grab a friend and come say hi!

RSVP to the Facebook event HERE

Feature Image Wallphabet by @otto_baum and @copenhagensigns
Images X by @linuslohoff K by @mariasern.art

LA ISLA | t – magazines best product of the year 2018

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SANCAL, a leading manufacturing company of contemporary design, have taken out  T-Magazines Best Product of the Year for 2018 with La Isla. 

T Magazine’s debut Design Awards ceremony sought out to recognise designers who demonstrate out-of-the-box thinking, originality, talent, impact and creative vision, and products that are innovative and progressive, can integrate with the environment, and have honesty, simplicity and versatility as well as being sustainable. The awards also recognised the use of valuable resources, such as traditional craft techniques and new materials for economic efficiency. 

The Spanish company approached NOTE, Swedish design firm, for a design solution to make transit areas friendlier.
Crafted to accomodate relief for weary travellers, La Isla provides comfortable seating spaces into transit areas.

An enticing destination in a sea of nothingness…….As we travel more, we continually find ourselves in transit areas – vast seas of inhospitable and unwelcoming space that Marc Augué has dubbed “non-places”.

As the jury commented: “Finding rest in the increasingly frequent places of transit, such as lobbies or waiting rooms, is not an easy task. The conjunction between the Swedish studio and the Spanish company has led to a multiple seat that stands out for the comfort of its upholstery, the softness of its shapes and its sinuous curves.”

Images NOTE
Source KE-ZU

BREAK THE MOULD | graduation 2018

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On Friday the 11th of January we came together to celebrate our Graduates of 2018.

HDS encourages bold and disruptive design that is produced once a deep understanding of traditional design values are met. You must first learn the rules to break the rules!

Staying true to traditional design practices does not mean they are left in the past. HDS is a forward-thinking institution and proves to show consistent adaptation to their courses to incorporate new technologies, which equips their students with a broad skill set.

With this mindset, a dynamic learning environment is created and student’s creativity and experimentation results in ideas that BREAK THE MOULD.

 

Achievement Awards

STUDENT OF 2019
Carly Cousins | MSF40113 Certificate IV in Interior Decoration

TOP OF THE CLASS
Michelle Allan | CUA40715 Certificate IV in Design specialising in Graphic Design
Amy-Lea Pettigrew | MSF40113 Certificate IV in Interior Decoration
Kate Batten | MSF50213 Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

MOST IMPROVED
Jessie Parker | MSF50213 Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration 2018/19

 

Industry Awards

EARPS BROS TILES
Leanne Pettigrew | MSF40113 Certificate IV in Interior Decoration

INNER CITY WINE MAKERS
Michelle Allan | CUA40715 Cerificate IV in Design specialising in Graphic Design

 

Congratulations to all our Graduates!

 

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

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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

EVENT | The Brief

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Set in a relaxed atmosphere, we invite leading designers to deconstruct project briefs and open engaging discussions about the design industry.

September’s edition we are thrilled to host Ian Wrightson from Wrightson Stewart!
Ian will be taking you through one of their latest commissions, Wilston Project, from initial brief through to completion..and beyond!
Wilston Project is a Finalist in the 2018 IDEA Awards.
[see image and link to gallery below]

Whether you’re a professional, freelancer or student, this event is designed to offer personal development and advice, helping you grow in your field. Opportunities for questions throughout the night are welcomed. Complimentary nibbles and wine provided!

Not yet working or studying in the industry? No worries! Anyone with an interest in the design world is welcome!
Don’t miss the chance to gain valuable industry knowledge from our special guest.


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Ian Wrightson | Wrightson Stewart
http://www.wrightsonstewart.com.au/

Ian Wrightson, a born and bred Novacastrian, is one of the Directors at Design Practise, Wrightson Stewart.

Industry-leading since 2001, Wrightson Stewart specialises in customised built environments, specialising in quality interior design, architectural adaptation, contemporary styling and original product design.

Wholly responsive to the client’s vision, Wrightson Stewart is synonymous with clever adaptation of space and an inimitable polished and timeless international aesthetic that breathes new life into hero architectural features.

Resulting from a customised, considered approach to each project, Wrightson Stewart has featured in all of Australia’s leading design and lifestyle publications, including Vogue Living, Houses, Australian House and Garden, Inside Interior Design Review, and Queensland Homes.

WHEN Friday 14 Sept 2018

 

WHERE  Hunter Design School

 

RSVP  Here

MINIMALISM STYLE | Kate Batten

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I’ll say it, I love Minimalism. It’s a design style that encourages a lifestyle. It’s not for everyone, but it works it’s magic on people feeling a little weighed down by All. The. Stuff. Fear not cushion lover. Minimalism is a style that can be adapted to suit your current lifestyle, including your plush pillows.

 

THE INITIAL CULL 

To get started on your new minimalist interior (and life!), there is an essential step: the clean out. Getting started is the hardest part. Set some guidelines for what you will and won’t keep. The two most important rules most minimalists adopt are: does this item bring me joy or is this item useful? If the item can satisfy one or more of those criteria, it stays and, on the flipside, if it doesn’t satisfy the criteria, it’s got to go! There’s so much satisfaction in knowing that your home is a carefully curated sanctuary, perfectly reflecting your needs and interests.

 

QUALITY OVER QUANTITY 

Minimalism isn’t about throwing away all your earthly possessions and feeling deprived. You absolutely should keep the items you love but ensure that items you don’t cherish anymore (or didn’t even to begin with) aren’t sticking around and weighing you down. Invest in quality pieces that you can see yourself keeping for 20 years. Sure, the initial outlay of money is greater, however choosing a style that is simple (and most importantly, that you love!) will ensure longevity and work out more economical in the long run. 

SIMPLE COLOUR PALETTE 

To get the most out of your newly refreshed space, keep the colour palette simple and cohesive. Note: this doesn’t rule out colour. Greys, blues and greens work a treat in minimalist interiors as they are calming, but still somewhat visually stimulating. Keep your furniture quite neutral in colour, adding colour by using art and soft furnishings. 

  

WARM UP WITH TEXTURE 

Minimalist interiors can be interpreted as cold or harsh without the addition of the right soft furnishings. Adding colour and texture using soft furnishings will create an inviting and comfortable atmosphere. The right balance of textiles is essential as if you use too many in the space, it’s not really minimalist anymore. Carefully edit the space but keep in mind the need for texture and warmth.

THINGS YOU LOVE 

I love to read so I love my books and the way they look. I find comfort in having them in my home.

Minimalism isn’t about owning nothing, its about valuing all your possessions and knowing they add to your life rather than burden it. Keep your spoon collection or your Superhero Figurines. These items tell a story of who you are and what you love, so feature them in your home.

Ultimately, minimalism is a choice to live life with less to enjoy more time with the things (and people!) you love. 

 

Research and written text by Kate Batten

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