MY DESIGN EXCURSION has helped me evolve. I have been exposed to so many different variables and learning environments, which I love to use in my design work. Expressing myself in different mediums from fine art to forms of craft.
I enjoy promoting Australian designers, fine artists and craftsmen. Not only do they have great talent, but I feel they provide an opportunity to pass skills onto next generations.
I grew up on a sheep property near Canberra in the 1960s – influenced by the environment, country lifestyle and crafts, juxtaposed with the “mod” 1960s culture.
The 1970s saw the “retro” influence combined with a love of historical buildings whilst studying for my Interior Design Degree at Sydney College of the Arts.
I have worked in many fields of Interior Architecture ranging from Residential, Retail, and Resorts.
Enthusiastic about encouraging good design, and the design process and I have enjoyed lecturing at adult education institutions in Sydney and the Gold Coast. I acquired a Graduate Diploma in Education from The University of Southern Queensland (USQ).
I continued to learn and teach interior design applications including computer aided drafting - two dimensional architectural drafting and graphics, three dimensional, animation and basic web page design.
I successfully entered the the d’Arcy Doyle Art Awards Mudgeeraba Memorial Hall – in 2017, 2018, 2019
A great exhibition each year!
I was on the foundation committee of the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society - Gold Coast, as the Young Arts Member. We have been able to help young people in the local arts community, since 2003.
The Design Institute of Australia has played an important role in my life. I first became a student member in 1981, then I was able to expose my Diploma students in the early 2000s to all that was on offer. I was proud to be part of the inaugural DIA group to use “Accredited Designer TM” in 2004.
I feel it is really important that we spend our valuable time enjoying what we are doing. It is essential that we explain our design process, so that others can understand what we have done, and appreciate the final product from many different views. I feel it is essential that the next generation needs to have the skills that we have learned and developed, so they can grow and create further.
I started to develop a way to do this in 2014, registering the business A DESIGN EXCURSION in 2015, and producing the website that year.
I have continued to network with Australian producers, fine artists, designers, craftsmen and manufactures, opening the online shop in 2016.
I welcome those who wish to join me on A DESIGN EXCURSION!!