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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

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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 and excel in your field. Opportunities for questions throughout the night are welcomed and afterwards, you can hang back to meet like-minded people and enjoy a glass of wine!

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

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

 

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