Wednesday, May 27, 2009

WE LOVE :: Bowie Wong’s Wallpaper range

Fashion and costume designer Bowie Wong is collaborating with one of Australia’s leading brands, Porter’s Paints, in an exciting new range of wallpaper designs. Bowie is the first fashion designer in Australasia to design and launch a range of wallpaper. Bowie’s designs will be the first in a new series of wallpapers called Designers for Porter’s Paints.

My collections are all about stories,” said Bowie. “I like to create a world with my work that allows my customers to wear their stories. It is sophistication interlaced with imagination.”

iscd award winning Surface Design graduate worked with Bowie on this project.

BOWIE has designed his unique range of designs based on the four seasons with each design portraying a specific season. The designs are available in two colours ways.

AUTUMN - “Looking down from above, chrysanthemums covered the deep red earth। It was then I appreciated the inherent beauty of aboriginal art.”

FOUR SEASONS - “Looking through the kaleidoscope, the four seasons came to life. The flowers bloomed, the leaves turned red and the snow – peaked mountaintop rose to the sun.”

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Rachel Fairfax Solo Exhibition

International School of Colour and Design educator Rachel Fairfax is exhibiting her work at a solo show at the Ray Hughes Gallery. Her exhibition is titled 'Ocean Paintings'.

The show officially opens Friday 22nd May at 6.00pm and runs until 24th June.

Rachel Fairfax is an emerging Sydney artist. She studied at the National Art School, completing an Honours in Drawing in 2002. She has won two Reg Richardson Scholarships which supported two residencies at Hill End in 2003, she was awarded a Highly Commended at the 2004 Waverley Art Prize and won the 2005 FONAS Infusion Barry Stern Galleries Prize.

Her work is held in collections of ArtBank and private collections of Tetsuya’s Restaurant, Defiance Gallery Collection, Ray Hughes Gallery Collection, Reg Richardson and Jonathan Self Private collection.

Rachel loves sharing her knowledge with the students of the International School of Colour and Design.

Congratulations Rachel!

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Friday, May 15, 2009

INSPIRATION :: Autumn Story

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Good luck girls!

Congratulations and Good luck to the two iscd graduates competing in the homeMADE - the biggest renovation competition ever seen on television VODICKA and CHONTELLE SAMIOS both studied at the international School of Colour and Design.

Each week the talented homeMADE designers are split into two teams, one per house. Their challenge is to meet their client’s brief while making the finished result spectacular and unique: a space that will not only impress the family but also wow the judges. And it’s not just one room – the WHOLE house must be done in five days.

ANNIE VODICKA is the oldest competitor in homeMADE but she’s get energy to burn.

After more than 20 years in the aviation industry, as a flight attendant and onboard manager, she satisfied a lifelong passion for interiors by completing a degree in interior design at the International School of Colour and Design. While she’s already tested out her new-found skills on friends and family, she hopes homeMADE will kick-start a long and brilliant career.

Annie says her style is contemporary but eclectic. She also loves a touch of extravagance. “I’m a bit of a Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. I love to create beauty within the confines of a budget but I can’t help injecting a bit of luxury and extravagance,” she says.

At 23, effervescent CHONTELLE SAMIOS is the youngest of the homeMADE designers. She has already completed two diplomas in interior design and styling at iscd, renovated her property from top to bottom, started her own design firm, Elles InDesign, based in Sydney’s southern suburbs, and managed to win an impressive mix of residential and commercial clients – all in just one year as a professional designer.

She describes her style as modern French provincial. She loves to mix creams and decorative items such as lace and combine them with modern furnishings and charcoal accents.

Thanks to Real Living magazine for featuring our stars! Good luck girls!

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Friday, May 8, 2009

DesignEx review by Edwina Hirst

I really am glad I’ve taken the time to put ‘pen to paper’. There is nothing really quite like it to clarify one’s thoughts.

It’s one week and a day since my day trip to Designex. Although I could have shared my thoughts then, it made much more sense to see what inspired others. Ask Sharon Raco about the fridges in the bedside tables! If you’ve had a look at SMH ‘Essential’ lift out this week, you’ll find their description of the ‘plethora of great new ideas’ exposed to the design arena this year। The article opens with the words, ‘ Don’t let the Global Financial Crisis get you down’. It didn’t it get me down- but I did notice how many usual exhibitors had chosen to stay at home. It’s clear that for many companies collaboration and spending the money on In-House promotion this year may be the way to go.

As you probably know, four of our students were short listed for the Dulux Colour awards. No prizes for guessing that I spent quite some time looking at the Award winners for each category. Why don’t you have a look at the winning entries on the Dulux website?

Just can’t help thinking that we could at least double the number of entries for 2010 awards.

Also, I think you should have a look at Spacecraft Australia. Stewart Russell, the artist and owner of the business says, ‘his ideas are often driven by a fascination for traditional textile design and new directions in contemporary art’. They launched their new ARTPLAY seat and table which were used as seating in the Michael Mc Cann designed social centre of the event, the fantastic organic looking Cardboard Bar.

All our emerging light designers studying Foundation Course must see Marc Pascal. Now he is one creative man!

Very exciting to see the standout Funkis wallpapers and even more so because I’ve recently specified one for a guest bathroom.

Sometimes I think about arranging to go to Designex with someone and then remember how it’s always just like a huge ISCD event off campus. What an ideal alumni meeting!

Imagine what it will be like in Sydney next year!

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Art on the Floor winner announced

Zanny Maybury of Mosman was announced the winner from five finalists who have had their designs crafted into Designer Rugs pieces. These inspiring works will be showcased at the International School of Colour and Design (iscd) campus until May 30, 2009.

The exhibition was officially opened by Wendy Moore, editor of Australian Home Beautiful who was also on the salubrious panel of judges.

Zanny’s entry, entitled “Zan 2” was chosen because it displayed a dynamic warm palette creating energy and excitement mixed with very original design techniques, commented the International School of Colour and Design (iscd)’s founding director and serene queen of colour Prue Royle who was also on the judging panel.

“We developed Art on the Floor to give the International School of Colour and Design (iscd) students the opportunity to learn about the commercialisation of creative inspiration’’ outlined Yosi Tal Director of Designer Rugs. “It’s everything really if you want to make a career from your creativity. I am always excited to see the designs come through from the International School of Colour and Design (iscd) as their students have a very advanced understanding of colour’’.

Zanny enrolled at the International School of Colour and Design (iscd) because although she knew she wanted to do something creative, she had little idea of what direction she should take. Taking the International School of Colour and Design (iscd) foundation course has given Zanny both inspiration, direction and an extensive portfolio of work for the future.

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