iscd Melbourne student Rebecca Abbey’s design journey is an inspirational story from the very beginning. It all started when she took the leap to leave a 12 year career as a Registered Nurse to pursue her passion for colour as her life’s purpose. Two years on from her first step, Rebecca has now graduated from both the Certificate IV in Design and Colour Design Diploma. Check out her story and incredible work below!
What was your background prior to commencing your studies at iscd?
Prior to coming to iscd I had a 12 year career as a Registered Nurse. Having been an avid lover of colour for my entire life, 5 years ago I decided to start taking steps towards pursuing colour as more than a passion, but as a life’s purpose. This was when I made the bold move away from nursing and towards colour.
How did you hear about iscd and what made you want to study with us?
I was attending a School of Real Living workshop at Federation Square in Melbourne and iscd was involved, with some of the presenters being iscd educators. I couldn’t believe a school with this specialisation & expertise in colour existed and I decided right there and then that no matter what it took, I would somehow and someday complete my colour studies at iscd. At the time there was only a Sydney campus but when the time was right for me to commence my studies and I was enrolling as a distance student, I received a letter from iscd to say the school was launching a Melbourne campus. I quickly became one of the first students to undertake the Certificate IV in Design at iscd’s brand new Melbourne campus. I couldn’t believe it, finally the stars had aligned & my colourful dream was becoming an even more colourful reality!
How would you describe your educators at iscd and how have they helped you throughout your journey?
I have had some wonderful educators at iscd who have been so inspirational to me. I love that the educators are also accomplished and currently working in the design world therefore not only delivering awesome iscd course content but applying their expertise and real time experiences in this industry to the course.
What made you want to continue your studies at iscd in the Colour Design Diploma following the completion of the Certificate IV in Design?
Although my Certificate IV in Design gave me a fabulous grounding in this exciting world & enabled me to start working in the field, I knew my colour journey wasn’t complete. I attended another fabulous real living workshop at iscd Melbourne at the end of 2016 & was once again delighted to learn iscd that was running iscd Melbourne campus’ first Colour Design Diploma in Semester 1 2017. I knew this was something I had to be part of! Now I’m here, about to graduate, full to the brim with colourful knowledge and armed with a professional portfolio overflowing with my very own colour concepts, designs & schemes.
What did you enjoy most about the course?
For me just thinking about colour fills me with joy so to spend every Monday doing that was wonderful! I love everything about colour theory and I really enjoyed building upon this knowledge in conjunction with factors such as colour psychology, paint systems and finishes, light, aspect and so much more, and how to successfully apply all of this to the built environment, in business and product branding and to create professional colour design concepts, sample boards and client correspondence to build a successful Colour Design business and career.
What has been your favourite assignment?
It’s so hard to pick! Whilst they’ve been hard work, I’ve learnt so much from all of them. I really enjoyed the residential interior brief and I was really chuffed with the feedback I received on that one. I loved the residential exteriors brief too and the commercial briefs, like I said very hard to pick and now at this end of the course, I’m really proud of them all.
How would you best describe your design style?
COLOURFUL of course! Client centred, founded in colour theory and my innate colour intuition which my studies at iscd have reinforced and enabled me to deeply trust. At home my own personal style in eclectic, elements of retro, boho and even industrial (that’s probably my 3 boys influence). I am a big believer in beautiful living and to me that means being surrounded by objects that are not only aesthetically pleasing but meaningful and make you feel happy.
What do you love about the world of colour and design?
It’s exciting, continually evolving and it has the power to make people feel happy, to be more successful and to live better, more functional and more harmonious lives.
What do you have planned next for yourself?
Besides waiting by the phone for PANTONE to call with an incredible job offer (wink) I am going to continue to build my Colour Design business as a branch of our family Painting & Decorating business, to do Colour Specifications for GJ Gardner Mornington Peninsula’s fabulous clients, and to work at Luxe Living, a gorgeous homewares shop in Mornington. Watch this space!
Do you have any tips/ advice for anyone contemplating continuing their studies or studying design?
Just do it! It’s so important to follow your passion in life! Having a fantastic support network also helps (thank you everyone!) and start gathering a database of inspiration now. If you see a design or colour scheme that inspires you take a photo, screenshot it, save it, you can draw from it in the future and it all adds to the depth and layers of your designs. Go for it!