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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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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

TILE DESIGN | Cert IV in Design Students designing for Earp Bros

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Earp Bros offer a diverse range of tile products from around the globe. Located in Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane (in 2017) we are proud to be a 5th generation, family-owned business with our Head Office in Carrington. Our Newcastle West Showroom loves to work with HDS and the next generation of Design Professionals in Newcastle.

A great deal of consideration, planning and procurement go into creating the Earp Bros range and we are pleased to be an exclusive importer of globally recognised brands such as Porcelanosa and Venis.

We also look to smaller, artisan manufacturers for our Bespoke range of Tile and Stone.

It was with this range of products that we invited students from HDS to develop a unique tile design and the opportunity for outstanding designs to be produced!

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Students were introduced to the world of cement tile, commonly known as Encaustics. These beautiful tiles are often inspired by nature, geometry and pattern and used extensively in homes, businesses and public places throughout the world.

Each tile begins with a design – a line drawing and a selection of colours. This design is crafted into a mould by artisan hands and then each tile is poured by hand. Pigments and cement are mixed to create a smooth liquid that fits to the mould and reveals the design. Layers of cement are built up to create a tile that is 16mm thick. It’s then hydraulically pressed and cured in a water bath.

Each piece of tile interacts with the next and allows the pattern to emerge and wander over wall and floor surfaces.

Students were asked to develop a tile for a client brief and the results were diverse, creative and inspired.

From designs featuring stripes and geometry, to organic forms inspired by nature, the tiles are a testament to the knowledge students have gained throughout their course.

Like any design challenge, there were some stand-out designs and two of the students will have their designs produced in 2017.

 

Congratulations to runner up, Laura Hamill for her design “Cake Anyone”. A simple yet effective triangular design with on-trend terracotta and pop colour highlights – a saleable, fun tile!

And a huge congratulations to Kayla Tesoriero for her design “Mind the Gap” inspired by London’s tube and the colours of Notting Hill and Hampstead. This is a highly original and creative design that will translate well into a repeat pattern tile design – well done!

We look forward to sharing the production journey with you next year!

Check out Earp Bros full range of cement tiles

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FIBRE LOVER : Miriam Ragen

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I can remember as early as 5 years old sitting at our big kitchen table at home cutting crepe paper to make flowers and other general crafts with my mum.

This was a regular occurrence in our household as we grew up in almost country (blue mountains) where we weren’t close to the beach or shops for entertainment. My mum was a really talented quilter and completed her sewing studies at Tafe in the 80’s when the course was still on offer. I was use to seeing her knit and sew and crochet and she often gave me little projects to do with scraps of wool or material so I could learn what she was doing.

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When I was a teenager and then a young adult I lost sight of these hands on crafts and focused on my career in visual merchandising and styling until one day I came across the weaving work of Australian fibre artist Natalie Miller. She was running workshops at Alexandria’s famous design hub Koskela. With my passion for fibre arts re-ignited I ended up doing a couple of Natalie’s classes…even an intermediate weaving class at her studio in picturesque Robertson south of Sydney. I loved weaving for its chance to handle rich hand dyed wools and experience the texture of raffia and cotton. This led to another class at Koskela in Macrame. A lot of people cringe at the idea of Macrame but the style I’ve adopted is so modern I hope it changes peoples perspectives a little when they see my work. At first I wasn’t that into it…maybe its because my hands were use to the repetitive back and forth method of weaving but once I realized the potential that rope has to make so many designs with only a few knots i have persisted and developed my own style. I am a modern macramé artist. As much as I appreciate traditional macramé and without it I wouldn’t have found this art, I am definitely not satisfied by knotting traditional style macrame myself.

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I am always looking for inspiration and new ideas to make designs that are original. I love working with chunky soft cotton ropes that are so tactile and textural in my hands. I find so much enjoyment in working on big pieces that make me feel small standing next to them. To be able to physically create something that is bigger than me is so exciting! I draw some inspiration from international modern Fibre artists like Belensenra and Tanya Aguiniga but really I try to make things that I would like to see in my own home. Like most stylists I have my favorites…i’m in awe of the work of Australian stylists Glen Proebstel, Karen McCartney and Kara Rosenlund who take advantage of the natural environment and its imperfections to put together beautiful textural images.

GET CREATIVE with Miriam at her upcoming macramé workshop on Saturday 28th May : Learn 5 knots to make and take home a large macrame plant hanger using soft cotton ropes. Click here to find out more and spot.

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EVENT : Satisfaction

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Satisfaction is a photographic exhibition & auction featuring images from East Africa.

On returning from an assignment with Baptist World Aid in Kenya & Uganda, Shane couldn’t help but feel incredibly challenged by what he experienced. The best word he could find was “satisfaction”, and how despite the situations and experiences of the East African people, they are able to find joy and freedom in their daily life.

Shane will be auctioning these beautiful, large format, limited edition photographs as a part of his charity challenge to raise funds for Baptist World Aid

When’s the Exhibition  |  Who’s the Artist  |  See the Gallery

Exploring Japan

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Japanese Architecture, Art, Design, delicious food and an exotic culture are just some of the many joys of visiting Japan.

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Donna will be travelling to Japan later this month to meet with the Kobe Design University in hope of establishing a relationship between the Hunter Design school and Japan. This trip will also include some planning for our second student excursion tour later this year.

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Last year students enjoyed a 10 day excursion to Japan, experiencing Japanese culture, learning some Japanese craft and visiting a few of the amazing design and architectural interests of Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara and Kobe. If you are thinking this may be an exciting opportunity, you can contact the school or come along to our information night next term (date to be confirmed) and you too can join us for what will be a truly memorable Japanese experience.

Watch out for further details in our next newsletter.