Every year Linen House collaborates with RMIT to give the 2nd year Textile Design students an industry based project. We feel this is very beneficial for the students. It gives them a taste for what it is like designing commercially. The students are given a choice of three briefs for our Summer 14/15 range:
Linen House Lifestyle
Linen House Vintage
Linen House Naturals
The students also have a feedback session with us half way through the project. This gives us a chance to see what direction the students design is heading in and if we can suggest idea’s to the students such as colour choice, fabric selection, motif scale and repeat to help refine their final outcome to best suit the brand they are designing for.
Once the project was completed by the dead line given, Georgie and I assessed all the students work. From there we selected the three outstanding projects.
We awarded a highly commended prize to Aliki Batsios majoring in Screen Printing. She chose to design for our Lifestyle brand. We loved her fresh and playful floral teamed up with a funky co-ordinating geometric reverse. We felt the design was really trendy and the colours perfect for summer.
Second prize was awarded to Cassie Byrnes also majoring in Screen Print. She too designed for our Lifestyle brand. This was a stand out project for us. Her use of Australian flora and fauna with her beautiful and almost naive handwriting was a delight to see. A lovely subject matter to work with. We also loved her colour palette. Her different colour combinations really helped her stand out against the rest.
First prize was given to Rebekah Archer who chose to design for our Naturals brand. Her major is Weave. Rebekah’s work, again, clearly stood out to us. Her presentation was immaculate and her back up visual diary was thorough and well considered. We felt her design had an understated beauty about it and her woven samples were gorgeous to see and touch. We felt this design would really work well as a uni-sex design. Very calming with lovely use of texture which is what Naturals is all about.
The three finalists had the further opportunity to refine their design based on the feedback form Georgie and I. It was great to see these changes as we do this a lot in industry.
A big congratulations to all the finalists. We look forward to seeing you in the studio for work experience!