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New Collection from South Pacific Fabrics

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South Pacific Fabrics are excited to announce, the arrival of the 2014 collection from SAHCO



Future Folklore is a collection inspired by traditional folk elements and futuristic design.

Detailed pattern and sophisticated form can be seen everywhere, from the geometric upholstery to the cross-stitch seen in the elegant draperies.

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Contact South Pacific Fabrics to arrange a showing of this contemporary collection or view the collection online 


Hunter Young Professionals

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Hunter Young Professionals (HYP) provides opportunities for young people to network in a business environment, gain new management and leadership skills, interact socially together and support the local community, so that they can develop as the business leaders of tomorrow. 

Events occur monthly and include interactive workshops, inspiring talks from prominent business people and casual social get togethers, such as a Winter Warmer dinner at the Newcastle Club each year. 

OUr next event in May tackles the big stuff over coffee and breakfast on the foreshore: buying a house, legalities you might not have considered in de-facto relationships, the foreign world of super (of the annuation kind) and writing a will (yes, even young people need them!)

Find out more about them here and don’t be shy to come along and say hi – they-re a friendly bunch!

Welcome Michelle

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This year we have the absolute pleasure of welcoming Michelle Melville from Zest Colour + Design to inspire and train our Certificate IV in Design students. 

Having worked within a family owned and operating building business for over 18 years, Michelle gained a desire to develop her passion for functional and aesthetically pleasing design by studying Interior Design and Colour Consulting. 

Since then Michelle has launched her own design studio, ‘Zest Colour + Design’, and has worked on both residential and commercial projects throughout the Hunter.

Michelle also works with Dulux and Inspiration Paint to help develop colour schemes for their customers. 

2013 Christmas Designs

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Our 2013 Certificate IV in Design students had loads of fun designing and printing a Christmas Tea Towel. 

After developing their designs, they worked through the process of cutting stencils, mixing paints, arranging placement and finally screen printing them onto beautiful linen tea towels. There was plenty of mess and experimenting, whilst valuable lessons were learnt from the placement, colour mixing, team work and the importance of a dry clean screen. Everyone had so much fun and the results were amazing. 


Having designed and produced amazing products, the tea towels were taken to The Olive Tree Markets, where both products and students joined PlumTart textiles in selling their wares.

A huge thank you to everyone who purchased an original Christmas tea towel, but it doesn’t stop there!  All profits have been given to Compassion where it will be used to support Compassion’s Critical Interventions. This will assist Compassion in removing any obstacles that stand in the way of a child’s healthy development and their ability to reach their full potential.


We also congratulate Lesley Regnis on winning the ‘People’s Choice Award’ for her ‘Bush Christmas’ Design.

Here are a few of the other designs…

 Kirsty Evans Arlene Rowland Donna O'Connor Jessie Koos Adam Cairns Julie Kosy Robyn Hayter Stuart Janes



INSPIRATION finds for a babe

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Baby Ari is now amongst the school activities and the wonderful world of design.
We have found so many beautiful things for a beautiful baby boy. Here are a few of our favourite things to inspire a nursery design.

Using soft hues, minimal contrast and curved lines have help create a nursery with a nurturing and relaxed atmosphere. The perfect get away from the energetic and loud brother.

Lender Cot and Draws Set with a Gather Kids Crochet Knitted Blanket

Armadillo & Co Flower Weave Rug and Favourite Things Pendant Light 

Bride&Wolfe Circle Shelves in front of Love Mae Rainfall Duckegg Wallpaper

Young and Brave Print and Arnold from Rosieok

DAY TRIP – Sydney Indesign

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Once again a few students jumped on the train to head down to Sydney Indesign.

Racing around on the free buses to where the showrooms were scattered throughout Alexandria, Surry Hills, Chippendale and other surrounding suburbs. They opened their doors for an exciting program of product launches, guest speakers, collaborations and parties.

The showrooms displayed the most beautiful array of textures and colours where we were able to talk all things design with the staff and other budding designers.

A few of our highlights were….

Furniture and homeware haven, Planet, celebrated individuality, texture and beautiful materials by hosting noted potter Kris Coad, demonstrating hand-throwing porcelain techniques as a catalyst to discuss the process of design. We also were able to make fabric badges from vintage Japanese fabrics, which we proudly wore all day.

The Reece showroom was transformed into a Swiss Alps paradise, this is where some of us had a memorable experience  meeting (and had a photo taken) with the amazing Shayna Blaze and Darren Palmer.

The Galleria hosted installations of breathtaking innovation and technical sophistication from numerous design studios. Here we took part in entering competitions such as designing a tile pattern for Surface Gallery.


At Inlite, we were overwhelmed by the sizable creations of Christopher Boots. Accompanying the product was the new-look creative campaign, a titillating series of provocative photography inspired by ancient, mystical gods and goddesses. Here Arna found her new home in an amazing inflatable gold room featuring  more oversized lighting.

Unfortunately we weren’t able to be apart of whole 3 days and visit everyone but the day was filled with so much fun, food, wine and inspiration.

UPDATE Our New Studio

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With over 180L of paint being used so far…where did it all come from?

Our great friends at Taubmans kindly donated all the paint to cover our huge walls and has helped us create an atmosphere ready for learning.

Taubmans are one of the oldest paint brands in the market and have been painting Australian homes for over 110 years. With this in mind, we know we are using superior paint that is going to last…and we don’t have to paint our huge walls for a long time!!!

Hunter Design School Thanks Taubmans and Bristol Kotara for their generosity and support. We look forward to showing off our new studios very soon.

To find out more about Taubmans Paints, be sure to visit Bristol and speak with their lovely staff or check out their website at www.taubmans.com.au.

NEW me | me design store

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SnowRugs has worked with the Hunter Design School since 2009, initially offering a Rug Design Award and, more recently, an Award for complementary rug and cushion designs.

me | me is the next generation of SnowRugs, and has recently opened in an amazing space in Darby St.

With a focus on everything that’s beautiful, natural, hand made and Fair Trade, they support a network of men and women in Nepal and India as we as local crafts people, artists and designers.

You’ll find wondrous items displaying colour and texture including capes created from recycled saris, lampshades made from tree-free paper, cute finger puppets hand crafted by a women’s co-op, cheeky hand painted sneakers and some gorgeous glass and silver jewellery. Plus the eye catching handcrafted rugs and cushions from SnowRugs.

If you want to be reminded of the great work done by HDS students, check out Christiane King’s stunning Eucalypts cushion design – just the latest HDS student to win the SnowRugs Design Award.

Be sure to check out me | me at 7/115 Darby St (behind Darby Raj and next to Missy Mou); open every day except Tuesday; or give them the thumbs up on facebook.


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Hunter Design School is delighted to welcome our newest trainer, Ana, to the team.
Ana will be training our latest group of students starting in July.

So who is Ana….

Ana has dreamt of becoming a designer since the age of 15 however her parents encouraged her to study pharmacy as it had promising career opportunities in Portugal. So she attained her Pharmacy degree in 1998 and has been working in academia since 2002, lecturing and coordinating courses for Pharmacy at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Whilst she has had a successful career in pharmacy, Ana has always remembered her true passion. She has said, “Being able to study Design has given my life a totally new meaning. I have finally started to discover a new me and the journey has been amazing!  I have realised that there are no boundaries to creativity, imagination, innovation and empathy when creating new values. Nothing beats goal setting to support you achieving a successful future and conquering your ambitions!”


Ana loves travelling. She finds it gratifying to meet different people and to absorb their unique culture. “Every country has its own smell, taste, shapes and colours… I adore registering all those senses and elements and applying them to create unique concepts and ideas.”
Constantly searching for inspiration in her everyday life, she can be found with her notebook and ipad, sketching and taking photos of things that grab her attention.  “I specially enjoy taking a minute to pause and observe nature. It is a great way of getting ideas for new colour schemes!”


“I am keen to share experiences and knowledge with people as passionate as I am for design. I think it will be a win-win process since everyone has a different life experience to share. I will definitely learn and grow as a person and an educator.”

EQUINOX – Any excuse for a road trip!

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A few of the design students took advantage of the opportunity for a road trip and joined Donna for Equinox in Sydney. Stopping off along the way we got to see what an Interior Designer really gets up to…

First stop was North Shore timber & hard ware. Donna was on the hunt for ‘the perfect wood’ to include in the great warehouse development. Unfortunately, they did not have the goods.

North Shore Timber and Hardware

Second stop was Gineico (gineicointeriors.com). The studio was so new that it had not even been set up, yet Donna and her ‘Designer’ friends were warmly invited in. We got a one on one tutorial of all things lighting from around the world. We were also lucky enough to be armed with (expensive looking) lighting guides – Thanks Pierluigi, I know I will certainly be recommending you in the future!

Then, onto the main event. Equinox is a trade event for Architects, Landscape Architects and Interior Designers. The event was held at L’Aqua Rooftop Bar, Circular Quay. Attending the event was a great opportunity to hobnob it with industry associates and learn firsthand about both well-established and new building products and interior finishes.

The most exciting part by far was being presented with a lanyard with our business name and our title of – “Interior Designer”!

We consumed delicious hor’dourves and a few glasses of bubbly all while ensuring our business cards had landed in each store holder prize pool for the chance to win prizes, prizes, prizes! But none of us won the highly sought after IPad mini…


We did however walk away with arms full of bags containing brochures, tile samples, pens, stubby coolers & (my personal favourite) a scale ruler. All in all a great trip.