Written byClaire Beale
Today’s posting is by our Year 2 Coordinator, Verity Prideaux. Verity coordinates the Linen House Industry Partnership Award project each year, bringing together our second year students with industry for their first commercial homewares design brief, a key milestone in their development of design industry skills:
The BATD program has strong and valued relationships with our Industry Partners and we work closely with them to ensure that graduates have relevant skills when entering the workforce. We have had the pleasure of working with Australian bed linen company Linen House over a series of years on an Industry brief within the course ‘Textile Design Studio – Space’.
The project offers our second year students their first opportunity to work on a commercial homewares project that also has the potential to provide work experience and see their winning designs go into production.
Image: Linen House Textile designers Emily Treganowan and Liz McCracken guide our students through the Linen House showroom.
Students are briefed to research, explore and refine textile design concepts for commercial bed linen story and the defined Linen House brand. During the project they visit the Linen House studios and showroom and are briefed by designer mentors to consider commercial trends, take account of the Linen House market and brand while being creative with their own developing style and design handwriting.
Image: RMIT lecturer Jacqui Baxter (left) and Linen House Textile Design Manager Sue Morris (right) guide students through their concepts.
The project is a great introduction to working as a textile designer within the commercial studio environment as students must manage and negotiate set deadlines and interaction with a number of lecturers and industry mentors. They also need to direct the project as a whole to complete an entire bed story that considers colour management, styling and production specifications across a series of finished product outcomes.
With three monetary awards and work placements on offer by Linen House, ten students were initially shortlisted this year by Sue Morris:
Maria Dare – Tropical Summer
Nina Thirion – Floral Polaraid
Nicole Westmorland – Breakfast in Bed
Lou Lou Kitching – Tropical Dream
Lily Suwitra – Tropical Hybrid
Jade Kentish Barnes – Round + Round
Supinthorn Saengasukyen – Tropical Wonderland
Carol Joy Pirie – Tropical Slumber
Gabi Draffen – Lightness
Eliza Raddatz – Homage
Congratulations to the three overall winners:
Image: First prize Nina Thirion ‘Floral Polaroid’
Image: Second prize Lily Suwitra ‘Tropical Hybrid’
Image: Third prize Nicole Westmorland ‘Breakfast in Bed’
For more information on Linen House, visit their website