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Pantone Colour of the Year 2013 – Emerald

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PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, a lively, radiant, lush green, is the Colour of the Year for 2013.

A colour of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.

Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the colour of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. Also the colour of growth, renewal and prosperity, no other colour conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.

“The most abundant hue in nature, the human eye sees more green than any other colour in the spectrum,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally-appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.”

Thank you

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During our break we have been busy building our new studios.
With the help of some amazing volunteers and suppliers, we have been able to complete the studio at a rapid speed and with some awesome fixtures and finishes.

We would like to acknowledge and thank those who have been so supportive……

Plus our wonderful volunteers….

  • Stuart Janes
  • Ana Saiao
  • Jeffrey Paget
  • Shane Burrell
  • Luke Burrell

2012 Students Graduate

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We are so proud of 2012 students who have graduated this year. Each student has excelled in their studies, overcome some fears, started their own business and taken their creative skills to a new level.
Our 2012 award winners are….

Certificate IV in Design Achievement Awards
Charmon Deen
Kristy Logue
Lisa Manton

Certificate IV in Design Excellence Award
Ana Saião

Colour Planning and Consulting Achievement Awards
Rebecca Fitzsimmons
Lauren Piddington

Colour Planning and Consulting Excellence Award
Ashley Watt

Interior Design and Styling Achievement Awards
Rachel Bamber
Sacha Roberts

Interior Design and Styling Excellence Award
Susie Piggot

Kitchen Design Award – Awarded by Lathams Kitchens and Interiors
Sacha Roberts

People’s Design Choice Award
Leah Alexander

Mokum Textile Design Award – Awarded by Mokum
Charmon Deen

Dual Diploma Scholarship –  Sponsored by Lathems Kitchens and Interiors & Edsteins Creative Stone
Charmon Deen
View more photos of our graduation night here

INSPIRATION Christmas Giving

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So it’s the end of the year and most celebrate Christmas by giving a gift to those around them. Here’s some ideas on how to make your gifts a little more creative.

Purchase handmade, some local shopping detinations may include

  • Blackbird Corner
  • The Olive Tree Market
  • Make Space
  • The Emporium (old Hunter St Dj’s Building)
  • Grey’s General Store of Design

Blackbird Corner Darby St

Upcycle. “It’s taking something that you would otherwise throw out and finding a way to make it into something else.” Find some inspiration at www.upcyclethat.com

Bottle’s painted white with a beautiful design placed on the front. From designinspiration.net

Wrap with style. Give your gifts wrapped in style and creativity. Layer different papers, fabrics, lace, old wallpapers and sewing patterns. Tie it up with twine or ribbon and finish it off with a handmade card.  For inspiration visit www.ohhellofriendblog.com



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Hunter Design School has had an exciting temporary move to the east end of Newcastle.

With some beautiful new neighbours from Crown Coffee, Asa Don Japanese Restaurant, Greys General Store of Design and Hunter Valley Design. We will however dearly miss our Hunter St neighbours from Subo, Imprint and Mezzanine Media.

We thank everyone who made our Hunter St Studio awesome, we look forward to the next new adventure in creating the most exceptional  studio in Newcastle.

So to find our interim studio you will need go up the street to 181 King St. We are next door to Tower Cinema (previously Greater Union) and Asa Don Japanese Restaurant.

Postal correspondence can be sent to PO Box 301 The Junction NSW 2291

Office hours are now: Wednesday’s 1pm – 5pm & Thursday’s 10am – 4pm


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Since leaving school, I have had a varied career path. From Hairdressing to night club security, I have been looking for a career to satisfy my passions.

While living and working abroad, I submerged myself in the many different cultures that were as far removed as possible from my own. I enjoyed everything about these countries the smells, the food, the colour, the art and simply experiencing the everyday lives of the people.

This experience really stimulated my mind and creativity, so when I returned home I wanted to bring all I had learned into my world.

Along with my partner we started to buy old homes and renovate. Sometimes restoring to original features and sometimes blending the old with the new and modern. I made the decision that this was my new career and then had to find a way to learn all there was to know about the industry.

I was lucky at this time to be introduced to Donna and The Hunter Design School. I started studying first the foundation course and then followed with the diploma in colour and design.

I loved every minute of my school life and every week I was learning something new. I was able to stretch my mind and unlock the creativity that many of us have hidden away.

Since, I have started my own colour and design business that is growing steadily. Thanks to my study and life experience, Spice by Jodi can offer colour consultation, Interior Design and Styling and in partnership with my husband building project management.

If Interior Design is something you have always wanted to do check out the Hunter Design School, I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Jodi Thomas

DESIGN FOCUS Olympic Icons

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The centrepiece of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Olympic Stadium in Stratford will be able to accommodate up to 80 000 people throughout the Games.

A functional, rather than necessarily a beautiful design, the stadium has been designed with legacy and flexibility in mind – when the Games finish it will be converted into a 60 000-seat sporting arena.

The Stadium is on an ‘island’ site, surrounded by waterways on three sides so spectators will walk across one of five bridges to reach the venue.

And as with all stadia, there are plenty of impressive sounding statistics. Stadium designer Populous – a specialist in sports architecture – says the venue features 50km of seats lined up side by side, and glass balustrades in 56 different colours.

Above this bowl is the main stadium structure – featuring the temporary upper seating tier – which is made from tubular steel. Seats are in black and white, to allow the Olympics branding to stand out.

External colour is provided by an exterior wrap, which will circle the entire stadium. Initial talk suggested that this would either be made from a sustainable material, or take in interactive elements. Last year Dow Chemical announced it would sponsor the wrap.
The wrap has been designed by artist Sophie Smallhorn and installed in a project with a total cost of £7 million. It is formed from canvas banners that run from the top to the bottom of the stadium’s exterior, creating 300 ‘doorways’.
The wrap uses the four main brand colours of the Olympics logo – green pink and orange – with each colour designating one of the four stadium entrances.

Part of the roof’s supporting structure is 2,500 tonnes of steel tubing recycled from old gas pipelines.

Watch more at http://www.channel5.com/shows/megastructures-londons-olympic-stadium

The very first instruction to designers of London’s Olympic cauldron was a blunt directive: no moving parts.
What resulted was an elaborate creation involving 204 moving pieces, each representing the coming together of the competing countries.

Creator Thomas Heatherwick said Saturday that test runs on the cauldron were done in secret in the north of England before the assembly was brought to the stadium and discreetly tested this week — but only after airspace restrictions prevented news helicopters from getting an advance look.

Heatherwick said the design sought to project a world unified by sport.

Petal-shaped heat elements made from hammered copper were created for each country and then carried into the stadium by children during the parade of countries. At the end of the games, each of these petals will be given to each nation and the cauldron would ‘dismantle itself’ and disappear.

“We were aware that cauldrons have been getting bigger, higher and fatter as each Olympics has happened and we felt that we shouldn’t try to be even bigger than the last ones,” he said.
“It didn’t feel enough to just design a different shape of bowl on a stick, and so we were trying to think from the most fundamental where – as much as how – as much what, and working with Danny [Boyle] on who would make this happen.”
He said that the concept of having no cauldron, “the stadium having no ‘thing’ in it”, was how he approached the design.
He was aiming for “these 204 very small, humble objects where they come together and rise, rear out of the surface of centre the stadium”.

The copper petals were made by traditionally skilled craftsmen of the sort who used to roll sheet metal to make body parts for car makers such as Bentley, according to Heatherwick.
The cauldron was made by Australian firm FCT Flames, which specialises in the design, manufacture and operation of flame effects for ceremonial events.

The Olympic Torch has been the most visible of the London 2012 Olympic design icons in the run-up to the Games.

Since starting its journey around Britain on 19 May, the torch has rarely been out of the newspapers, and we’ve had a rare opportunity to see an Olympic design go through product testing in front of a national audience.
We already knew that Barber Osgerby’s torch – winner of the Design Museum’s Design of the Year – was a beautiful object, but now we’re getting to see whether or not it’s fit for purpose.

The torch – which is made from an aluminium alloy and weights in at just over 1kg – seems to have held up pretty well to the British ‘summer’. This is despite the fact that, unusually, you can see through the holes punched in the torch to the burner unit.

In fact, these holes are the key design element of the torch: 8000 of them to represent the 8000 torchbearers who will carry it around the country.
The Guardian has had a good stab at identifying all 8000 of these torchbearers. It says that although all 8000 are named on the Locog website, there are 500 ‘mystery torchbearers’ whose biographies aren’t included.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT Lathem Kitchens & Interiors

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Latham Kitchens offer a full design and manufacture service encompassing not only Kitchens but Outdoor Kitchens, Laundries, Vanities, Custom made Furniture, Entertainment Units and Wardrobes.

All custom built in their Warners Bay factory and individually designed for you by an award winning design team.

An established family business, their company has expanded over the years due mainly to recommendations from their many satisfied customers. Though they have grown to a staff of ten we have deliberately kept our focus on the most important part of our vision, custom made cabinetry created for each individual client.

They build all our cabinetry in their Warners Bay workshop from the highest quality materials including the new E zero environmental friendly whiteboard (zero emmisions) all designed and manufactured to fit your space. No design is every repeated as every client’s needs and wants are different.

A respected member of Housing Industry Australia (HIA) , Lathams Kitchens have received numerous awards for both manufacture and design. Their proudest moment was receiving the HIA Australian Award for Kitchen Project of the Year.

They are recognised within the industry as possessing the ability to create and manufacture custom designs to suit all tastes, budgets and lifestyles.  They hold the current title of HIA Kitchen Designer of the year, an award they’ve consecutively won for the past three years.

MEET THE ARTIST of the NRMA car decal

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Edwina Buckley is an Australian illustrator and designer based in Sydney working as the creative director for Lollilu.

Hand-painted vintage floral for Zimmermann out for High Summer 2013

She has illustrated & designed for numerous fashion labels, including Kim Kardashian’s new label, Hurley, Insight, Seafolly, Rip Curl, Jets, Pumpkin Patch and Peter Alexander to name a few. She has also illustrated and designed for a variety of homewares & children’s toys.

With a love for illustrating in various mediums, she designs for packaging, toys, stationery, fashion, editorial, textiles or greetings products. 

 Edwina has also helped illustrate for clients wanting to pitch ideas for full-length children’s animation features to Village Roadshow.

She is most regularly inspired by the marriage of opposed objects combining birds and animals, ladies, bones, flowers and skulls into considered acts of beauty.

Owner of a prickly bearded dragon that doubles as a watercolour palette, Edwina has found a niche designing repeats and placement patterns for the fashion industry. But when she’s not laughing loudly in quiet places, she’s secretly plotting to make it big as an illustrator in advertising, editorial and publishing.

Congratulations Edwina on your winning design for NRMA. View her interview for her NRMA design here