2016 Designer Rugs winner – Linda Cunningham

Posted by iscd@admin on July 6

“I remember sitting in a little cafe in Murwillumbah looking at a magazine feature on a previous year’s winner thinking… I would like to do that design course, and wouldn’t it be great if I could win that competition…”

We caught up with iscd Certificate IV in Design graduate Linda Cunningham, who was recently announced as the winner of the 2016 Designer Rugs challenge. Linda says that “winning the rug challenge has been both exciting and a huge confidence booster!” Read more and check out her story!


What the judges had to say…

“I loved the abstraction, it makes you want to look deeper and find out what the source of inspiration is behind the work. I could see the rug in my own home”. Claire Bradley, Editor, Inside Out Magazine

“This rug caught my eye, I love the graduation of colour and I really identified with the shapes within the rug”. Yosi Tal, Director, Designer Rugs

“It was great to have three finalist rugs that were all quite different in style. The flow and movement of line, shape and colour of this rug really drew your eye when you walked in the room, which makes for great design and beautiful ‘art of the floor'”. Wendy Greenhalf, Head of School, iscd

What was your background prior to commencing the Certificate IV in Design?

I have always had a love of art and design. I have been a photographer for many years and in the last few years have also started to produce and sell my own handmade ceramics.

After deciding I needed to learn more about colour and design to enhance my skills, I came across iscd and decided the Certificate IV in Design foundation course was perfect for me.

How did you hear about iscd and what made you want to study with us?

I must admit I’m a bit of an interiors magazine addict, so after coming across the fantastic work of iscd students through my favourite magazines, and seeing the industry partnerships iscd has with companies like Designer Rugs and others, I knew this course would give me the best starting point for my creative career development.

How would you describe your educators at iscd and how have they helped you throughout your journey?

As a online education student my interaction with staff was mainly through the online forum. My educator, Alison Nichol was fantastic and incredibly encouraging from beginning to end.

How would you best describe your design style?

I love classic style with elegance and function.

Can you tell us a bit about your design journey when creating the winning rug design (from your inspiration through to completion)?

I was inspired to create my rug design from watching the way light makes beautiful patterns through water. For me, the rug design was a culmination of everything I had learned in the course up to that point. I initially started with a more realistic design but wasn’t satisfied, so I used one of the techniques I had discovered in the lesson on texture to give the design variation.  Then I set to painting and mixing colours (my favourite subject!) using intermixed complementaries to find the perfect grey.

What do you have planned next for yourself?

Right now I am focusing on developing my handmade ceramic design business “Pebuku Studio Ceramics”, but I would love to continue my studies with colour and surface design in the near future.

Do you have any tips for anyone contemplating studying design?

Follow your inner voice, decide what you want and have a go. You never know what you can achieve until you try. Take advantage of the flexibility of online education, especially if you don’t live in the major centers.

Congratulations Linda! Wishing you all the very best with your ceramic design business and your future endeavours!
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