‘Pull up a seat’ at your local Brisbane City Council library these school holidays in one of our free Interior Design workshops presented by WEAVE+WONDER as part of National Youth Week.
Teens and tweens will work with an experienced Interior Designer in a fun and relaxed workshop exploring the elements of well-designed and beautiful furniture. Learn more about iconic designs and experiment with sustainable and recycled materials to design a 3D model of your perfect chair!
Sounds like a whole lotta fun, doesn’t it?
Melissa shares with us for today’s quick Q+A:
What inspires you about design?
I love the opportunity to express creativity through design. Whether it is selecting beautifully tactile finishes or removing walls to open up a space or designing and sourcing furniture – the design of Interior spaces reflects the personality of the client!
I also love to ‘problem solve’ through design. Small or large – choosing colour or resolving a floor plan – the process of design develops an aesthetic and functional solution that can bring about real change in how someone uses that space.
If you could time travel into a design era, where and when would you go?
I would love to meet Charles and Ray Eames, so perhaps the late 1940’a America where boundaries were being pushed in industrial and architectural design, the foundation of much of modern design today.
What tips do you have for kick-starting your creativity when you are feeling uninspired?
Carve out time.
Often it is as simple as setting aside time and taking yourself outside your familiar territory in order to start to notice inspiration again. Go for a walk – bush or beach. Gather textures, colours. Notice your senses.
In terms of design, visit a space that you enjoy – a gallery, favourite hole-in-the-wall coffee shop, somewhere unassuming. Remember how you feel there?
I do find personal and sensory experiences are the best kick-starter to creativity.
The internet, books and magazines all have their place in flooding you with inspiration. But I strongly believe that authentic design comes from within.
What do you do to stay on top of design trends?
There is no shortage of design inspiration at the press of a button on the internet. I would start by searching quality design publications, national and international. Then design commentary sites such as ‘the design files’ or yellow trace’ here in Australia. And finally Pinterest has a plethora of design images to inspire-away hours!
Another thing that is very important to designers is to stay on top of new product developments. Search product sites, meet with suppliers, visit showrooms and get a feel for how product and technology are changing.
Top tips for being design-savvy within a budget?
Oh I could write pages on this and will save for a full post! But just briefly…
Play with colour in inexpensive ways to update and stay on trend. ie. play with paint colour, soft furnishings, inexpensive art prints/craft projects, plants. Keep expensive details like kitchen and bathroom joinery and large furniture items to a neutral and timeless palette.
Invest in timeless classic pieces. Iconic furniture/lighting and artwork with personality will not date but age gracefully. Spend less on trinkets and more on investment pieces that will last!
Spend less and be more mindful of your purchases. Curate your home, don’t be overwhelmed by the constant task of ‘managing the clutter’!
What do you hope students will take away from your Design workshops?
Firstly I hope they will have lots of fun experimenting and being fearless with design!
That they will take away a greater understanding of what makes an ‘iconic design’ and that they might think about design in a more expansive possibility-filled way.
What are your top 3 tips for teens thinking about pursuing Interior Design as a career?
Firstly, try some taster workshops – get a feel for what a career in ID might look like in a hands-on fun workshop.
Go to university and college open days and always be prepared with lots of questions!
Start ‘training your eye’ by collecting your own design inspiration. Keep a design journal of sketches, images, textures, and other things that inspire your creativity. Follow design blogs and seek design inspiration online (in moderation – it can be a great time-waster!). As you begin to ‘train you eye’ to notice good design and hone your own sense of style, you are on your way to building creative confidence!
WEAVE+WONDER’s Iconic Design workshops will be held at New Farm Library (10 April), Carindale Library (14 April), Brisbane Square Library (15 April) and Kenmore Library (16 April). Bookings are essential and can be made by calling these libraries direct.