After completing Graphic Design: Design and Layout, Nadisha Gunatilakewas was selected as one of of the top 100 winners from more than 6,000 entries from around the world in Posters For Tomorrow´s 2017 competition: Freedom of Movement. The poster is featured in the catalogue and has been exhibited in several places around the world.
If you have learnt new skills in any of our graphic design short courses and are passionate about environmental issues there is an opportunity to enter your work in the international poster competition organised by one of our esteemed teachers Gustavo Morales. For details visit the Segunda Llamada website.
Realising that RMIT had never run an external exhibition featuring short course students, Wild Honey Photographer and RMIT short course teacher, Deborah Dorman asked a group of students, “Would anyone be interested in taking part in an exhibition?” The enthusiastic show of hands in the classroom thus became the name for this successful exhibition that ran across April and May at the Manningham Art Gallery in Doncaster.
The exhibition flowed from stories of people, to landscapes and finally to the mundane and surreal. The narrative around First Peoples’ culture, ceremony and identity, shot in and around Melbourne including Fed Square, was captured beautifully by Tiffany Garvie. Nicola Platt visualised the narrative of thought, emotion and connection. Diana Cousensmixed cultures from Indian and Melbourne life.
Anne Brown shared the dedication of life in a convent. With mood and meaning, Deborah Dorman examined the process of ageing and beauty whilst Sharon Crabb’s highly unique visual style explored portraiture focused on one small aspect of a person as a representation of who they are.
Bryce Dunkley presented the Great Ocean Road with moody black and white photographs of the stunning coastlines, where Bruce Freshwater explored underwater sea life in its vibrancy.
While Allister Payne presented what it feels like to be cycling in Melbourne, the urban photography of Joseph Hixson represented Melbourne streets as you’ve never seen them before. Going beyond skill, Hixson demonstrated a rare gift in being able to capture the mundane with a story in every picture.
Richard Harris’s surreal use of mannequins with intricate lighting shows how uncomfortable we feel when the inanimate almost become human. Deborah Dorman was the star of the Opening Night after dedicating 6 months to organising and curating this fantastic exhibition.
Thanks to all involved.
Written by Stephen Joyce, Manager, Research and Enterprise, School of Media and Communication
1 September 2017
The School of Fashion and Textiles gave a lucky cosplayer the chance to join the July Cosplay: Techniques for Costume Design and Fabrication course with their compliments. By posting their favourite cosplay costume on the RMIT Short Courses Facebook, out of over 40 entries arose Bambi L'Amour for her original outfit. This caught the eye of facilitator Clem Bastow who knows a thing or two about what it takes, see her bio for more info (here).
We asked Bambi L'Amour to tell us about her experience doing the course.
I would absolutely recommend this course to any Cosplayer or costume enthusiast! Whether you are an absolutely beginner, or an expert looking to hone their skills, I feel that this course can teach you so much. Also the ability to meet other people with the same passion, and to be able to discuss ideas and problem solve together was great. I sincerely miss being able to spend my Saturday's just crafting away in the space at RMIT!
I loved being able to dedicate solid blocks of time to my craft... At home when I'm trying to learn things, or teach myself from the internet I am constantly interrupted by life! Whilst doing the course at RMIT I knew I had a few solid hours of work ahead of me!
Clem was a fantastic tutor, her knowledge was broad and she was happy to spend time one on one with students to help with particular skills. She delivered the course material in a very informative and engaging manner. The space itself was also amazing, with access to a variety of tools and equipment that I simply didn't have at home.
I took pages of notes, and refer to them constantly as I work on my next Cosplay project. I also recently helped out with my school's musical production and was able to use some of the weathering skills that I learnt from the course, to age and break down a large amount of costumes. Something I would have had no idea how to do properly without this course and Clem's expert knowledge!
As a teacher, I value learning, and encourage everyone to continue to learn! Whether you want to develop a skill further, learn something completely new, or just try something out, RMIT has such a great array of short courses that you'll be sure to find something... I hope to gradually work my way through some others! My next goal is to complete the Sewing Course and learn how to construct the fabric component of my cosplays!