The project is called ‘Salvage Waste’
‘Salvage Waste’ project was about us going down to Tasmania, and working with UTAS in
using materials such as the cores from a rotational plywood cutter and species of timber that
are …. And then cut into short lengths that aren’t used very often. It was about using
those woods and studying the environment of Tasmania, and basically bringing them into
contemporary design and modern design today, and finding a use for them.
In terms of amazing things in this project — one of them was our Tassie trip. It was
probably the best way to start the uni in second year. It just gave every single student
this amazing excitement and inspiration to get into this course and start designing and
start making, and the Tassie trip was just unbelievable.
After a trip to Tasmania the furniture students found, well sourced, some cores. And from
there they designed their furniture piece. They then came to us with a request for a
textile, and from there we worked with their theme and designed some textiles for them.
To keep their project as real as possible we also invited Industry Mentors. So each
group was assigned a mentor, and used them for as many times as they felt was needed.
And we also looked at the upholstery side of it and invited the textile students at
RMIT to be involved, and to look at this… the project from a sustainable angle, and
the outcome will then be seen at Furnitex, so that will be really exciting.
It’s a wonderful opportunity to be able to collaborate with the Furniture students. We
can see their strengths and they can teach us how shapes work and we can apply knowledge
around fibres and fabrics. We started off the project last year and it
was basically a research project in the initial stages about what indoor public furniture
is about and what the market wants, and what the demand is and how we can improve that.
And especially in terms of making it more sustainable.
So we ended up with eight budding designers. Everyone’s got their ideas and they’re all
putting them forward and it was really hard to try and narrow it down, and you know people
were people were feeling so strongly about their ideas, so you know that was the next
sort of step of what we had to learn. Basically how to compromise and how to find the best
in each idea, and take that forward. Coming straight out of high school I was fairly
shy, and the Associate Degree is not a sheltered environment, but its vey one on one, and small
class sizes and it’s an extremely unique degree, and I feel it developed me as a person let
alone as a designer, where if I had gone straight into a traditional uni course I really wouldn’t
have had that opportunity to develop and boost my confidence and yeah turn out where I have
today. I think I am really enjoying designing, and
moving on into other areas of design, and hopefully if I manage to get into Industrial
Design that that will expose me to lot more areas of design and all the possibilities
of becoming a designer maker or designing for people or designing for a company or even
teaching. I’d love to come back to the Associate Degree one day and pass on the knowledge that
I’ve learned from it.