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designer profile – Tim Neve
Newcastle’s own Tim Neve discusses with Hunter Design School his role as a stylist, latest projects, trends he loves and his number one tip for designers.
After studying Set Design at NIDA and establishing a flourishing advertising business, Tim sought a career that combined both of his skill sets and broke out on his own as a Stylist in 2008. Tim was searching for a hands on job and his background in design lead him to extend branding from just print to visual merchandising, retail/hospitality schemes, styling for magazine & TV shoots and location scouting. Tim describes his style as modern organic, with a neutral palette and a touch of eastern influence. Beyond styling for magazines such as Real Living and Home Ideas Magazine Tim has a growing client base as a stylist and consultant for retail and hospitality.
One of Tim’s recent projects was the visual scheme for Sanbah surf wear store at The Junction. Tim’s process includes asking his client to produce a scrapbook of elements and details, which represent the look and feel they wish to create. After some market research Tim produced mock ups of the store with a shopping list of products.

Products are selected from a range of sources both high & low end and also custom made by Tim. Tim worked alongside shop fitters to realise the design and create a strong brand experience for Sanbah. Tim’s hands on approach included sourcing Turkish tiles and second hand surfing postcards and maps. These finishing details create unique elements, interest and add personal touches to the interior. The end result is a very light, natural open space created using light colored wood, laser cut screens, pattern and texture. Tim continues to work with Sanbah styling the windows on a regular basis.

The latest trend Tim loves are the use of raw wood finishes from stools to lap top covers. Tim is also enjoying organic shaped stools and furniture made of driftwood timbers.
Tim’s number one tip for designers is to stay true to your own style. If you follow your passion in design you will carve your own niche in the market and become an expert.
Thank you to Tim for taking time to chat with Hunter Design School. To see more of Tim’s work visit www.timneve.com

what do you do when you have a design block?

You know the feeling. It’s 3 in the afternoon and you are trying to push through a project but the juices aren’t flowing. Rather than reach for a cup of coffee why not play. Play can come in many forms such as: doodling in a scrapbook; playing tourist along your street, capturing all of the details and the bigger picture on camera; building works of art from cardboard boxes from around the house; splashing some paint on canvas; borrowing the kids Lego to build your dream home.

Play is great for liberating and freeing the mind to solve design problems. Next time your blocked take the pressure off and have some fun.


You no longer have to wait in anticipation at your letterbox for your magazine fix. Jump online and Google emags. Emags, as the name suggests, are electronic magazines. Like print magazines there are many varieties to suit everyone’s taste and also like print magazines the format is often similar. Emags are popping up on such topics as fashion, food + entertaining, kids, weddings, design and even Buddism. Most are free, at the moment, with only a handful asking for a small subscription fee. As technology changes and such devices as ipads and other viewing devices become more common it is likely these online magazines will become increasingly popular.
Below are a few emags to get your browsing started:
Lonny Magazine the oldest emag
Australian emag est. (above image courtesy of est)
High Gloss Magazine

student profile – Jodi Thomas

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.
See Jodi’s work at www.spicebyjodi.com.au

Newcastle Homeshow 29-31st July, Newcastle
State of Design 20th-31st July, Melbourne & Regional Victoria
Sydney Design
30th July-14th August, Sydney
Decoration & Design 21st-24th July, Melbourne
Colour Society Conference 31st August, 1st-3rd September, Tasmania
This is Not Art Arts Festival 30th September-4th October, Newcastle

june newsletter

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designEx 2011
The Interior Design and Decorating class journeyed down to Melbourne for DesignEx 2011. The yearly architectural and design event features products and services from bathroom sinks, door & window systems, architectural software programs, kitchen appliances, lighting, art, furniture and fabric. The ladies from the class absorbed new products and technical information for future design projects.

The Ilve stand was a highlight with new products, live cooking demonstrations plus its glowing pink and black concept. It was a show stopper winning stand of the show. DesignEx 2012 will be held in Sydney.

inside industry – honestone
Thank you to Rick Hendriks and team from Honestone who joined us on Wednesday 20th to discuss the trends in polished concrete. The talk was very interesting with many new products and innovations discussed. Concrete is no longer just for the floor. The Pandomo range of products developed by Ardex also offer products suitable for walls and floors in varying colours and finishes. Thank you again to Rick and his team from Honestone.

feature products
Volker Haug
Volker Haug lighting is more than just a light source. His designs draw on clean simple lines and found objects (including the clothes pegs) to create pieces of lighting sculpture. The Melbourne based lighting designer, featured at DesignEx, works range from the minimalist to industrial with a strong punch of colour and pattern. Visit www.volkerhaug.com for more inspiration.

Cork – Natural Flooring Option
Wicanders has reinvigorated thecork floor introducing the cork comfort range. The rangewas developed along side architects and designers reflectthe pattern and textures ofnature. Available in plank or tiles. The benefits of cork includeit is a natural thermal insulator,quiet under foot, potentially save on energy costs and harvested from sustainable forests. See the full range atwww.ecologiconline.com.au

Luxury Rugs
Searching for the perfect luxury rug but the size and colours don’t match your requirements? Hip Home featured at DesignEx provide design services to match your colour requirements andoffer services to custom design rugs. Hip homes sell exclusively to interior designers and architects. The ‘off the shelf’ range include modern, architectural and traditional designs. Visit www.hiphome.com.au for more information.

HDS Portfolio Presentation Class 4th June 10am-1pm
Pecha Kucha Lecture 2nd June from 7.30pm, Carriageworks, Sydney.Tickets from $10. Visit Pecha Kucha for more information
Newcastle Homeshow 29-31st July
Design a Chair Simply devise a concept and sketch it up if selected your design maybe made into a miniature at the Saturday in Design in Sydney. Visit Design a Chair for more Information

portfolio presentation workshop

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Hunter Design School will be running a one off Portfolio Presentation Workshop. Bring along your portfolio ideas including images you like (to show your style), text/font and colours for inspiration. Please bring your portfolio work and any materials you wish to use, these may include board, folders, knife, cutting mat etc.
When: Saturday 4th June
Time: 10am-1pm
Cost: $50
For further information please call or contact us on
02 49157007 or via email hello@hunterdesignschool.nsw.edu.au

inside industry

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Rick Hendriks from Honestone will be joining us on Wednesday 20th April at 7pm at 555 Hunter St Newcastle, to discuss the trends of polished concrete.
Honestone is an innovative diamond grinding company specialising in polished concrete, industrial flooring and speciality decorative flooring for the construction industry as well as projects in the commercial and residential.

april newsletter

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Making Melbourne Iconic Make Me Iconic

review:  art auction by kiasmin burrell

The Art Auction night was one great success! And what I loved most was the generosity, compassion and support from the Novocastrians. Local artists donating their work and people donating their time and money to raise much needed funds to help our neighbours in Queensland. And that is what it’s all about! I say good on you Newcastle!  You champions!

We would like to thank the local artist’s: Chris Elfes, Dorothy Compton, Rohan Harvey, Kiasmin Burrell, Sophie Brenton, Naomi Nichols, Mel Cliffton, Robert Connell, Rona, Louise Sauer, Micheal Jones, Aaron Craig, Lauren Burrows, Kim Long, Sarah Gluschke, Stephen James and Mike Phelps.


  • 2nd April HIA Mayfield
  • 20th April Inside Industry with Honestone
  • 13-15th April Design Ex Melbourne
  • 29-31st July Newcastle Homeshow

industry news

Rick Hendriks from Honestone will be joining us on Wednesday 20th April at 7pm at 555 Hunter St Newcastle, to discuss the trends of polished concrete. Honestone is an innovative diamond grinding company specialising in polished concrete, industrial flooring and speciality decorative flooring for the construction industry as well as projects in the commercial and residential.

HDS Loves

Sense of Style: Colour + Space by Shannon Fricke
Woodwash by Murobond


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Hunter Design School hosts an Art Auction on Friday 21st of January with all funds being donated to help Queensland shine once again.
Local artists have joined together in support including; David Green, Chris Elfes, Kiasmin Burrell, Melanie Cliffton, Louise Souer and many more.
Exhibition opens at 6.30pm with the bidding starting at 7.30pm on the 21st of January
Come along to support Queensland families and have fun bidding on some spectacular pieces of art work.

A HOT Summer Freestyle Art Course

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Come and Explore Kiasmin’s freestyle painting class and find your inner creative.
This summer you have the chance to paint with one of the finest artists in Newcastle, with eight years experience Kiasmin can help you create a master piece. With the opportunity to work with your choice of mediums including oils,acrylic, water colour and charcoal as well as other secret ingredients.
So come and discover your own individual style and interests. Not to mention the outstanding artworks you will personally create and the end of 4 weeks.
Don’t forget beginner of advance you are all welcome.
Day classes :
Thursdays 6 January – 27 January 2011
Cost : $440.00 ( supplies additional )
For further information or application form please call or contact via email.

Open Day Saturday 4 December

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Come in and experience the creative energy, meet the team, listen to current students speak of their creative journey.
Students and educators will be there to talk about their work which will be on show for all to view and admire.
Open day will commence from 10-4pm, so come along and have all your questions answered.