Fashion creatives adapt to new consumer priorities as Curtin’s Fashion Course celebrates 20 years

24/06/2022. By Carmelle Wilkinson.

The 20|30 Fashion + Interior Architecture: A Curtin Alumni Retrospective is now on display at Curtin University. Photo credit: John Koh.

After two years of disruption, the global fashion industry is roaring back to life.

Emerging from the pandemic haze, stronger than ever, fashion companies are adapting to new consumer priorities and shifting their focus towards more sustainable and ethical wear.

Here on home soil the fashion industry continues to go from strength to strength, with several local designers and creatives making their mark on the local, national, and international markets.

As Curtin celebrates 20 years of fashion studies this year, Deputy Head of School Anne Farren reflects on the evolution of the industry and celebrates the significant contributions of our diverse collection of fashion alumni and recent graduates.

Head of Fashion at Curtin Anne Farren. Photo credit: John Koh.

“Over the past few years, I’ve seen many strong factors change the course of fashion. One being sustainable practices and the other COVID-19,’’ she said.

“Sustainable fashion has changed student practice and graduate awareness. Everyone is so much more aware about understanding sustainable fashion practices, reducing waste and being more ethical in their production.

“COVID-19 has also changed the way the maker or designer interacts with their consumer. It’s made everyone think about the way they engage with consumers and how they operate their business.”

Sustainable fashion practices such as reducing waste, using second hand fabric and being more ethical in production are in style.

Anne said there had also been a natural shift away from “one size fits all” and greater appreciation for customisation.

Reflecting on her own journey with fashion, Anne said she was just 11 years old when she fell in love with textiles and patterns.

“I attended Singer sewing classes in the city which were incredibly helpful and opened the door to a future in fashion. I must have been the youngest person there,’’ she joked.

“Sitting at long trestle tables I learnt the foundations of making garments. I was much taller than others my age and the trendy clothes in store didn’t suit me or fit me, so I had no option but to make my own.

“I got so good, before long I was making clothes for my Mum’s friends.”

Anne said sewing classes when she was 11 years old was the start of her fashion journey.

After leaving school Anne became a high school art teacher, before curating large scale textile exhibitions abroad in Japan and Thailand.

“I guess you could say I’ve always had the thread of art practice in me. Throughout my career I’ve enjoyed an intrinsic craft making ability, and really enjoy passing on that knowledge to my students,’’ she said.

The current exhibition 20|30 – A Curtin Alumni Retrospective, celebrates 20 years of fashion and 30 years of interior architecture at Curtin.

Curtin’s Head of Fashion Anne Farren and Head of Interior Architecture Dr Aleksa Bijelovic. Photo credit: John Koh.

Hosted by the Curtin School of Design and the Built Environment, the exhibition profiles the rich tapestry of course experiences and graduate achievements.

One of those successful graduates was WRIGHT Systems.

WRIGHT Systems are a group of creatives pushing the boundaries of traditional fashion.

The WA brand, consisting of Harrison Gerhardy (BA Creative Advertising & Graphic Design, 2018), Loki Surma-Litchfield (BA Screen Arts, 2019) Joshua Rees (BA (Fashion), 2019) and Declan MacPhail (BA (Fashion), 2020) are redefining the boundaries of fashion as we know it.

Collaborating out of a warehouse in Mt Lawley, they combine storytelling and cinematic experience to take consumers on a creative journey.

WRIGHT Systems are bringing their brand to life through storytelling and cinematic experience.

“Our brand is very narrative driven, and reference based. Fashion for us is a translation of unseen things, such as identity, philosophy and ideals,’’ Joshua said.

“For us fashion is a platform to tell stories, and it’s also an opportunity to bring various art disciplines together. For instance, when we’re planning a runway show there is lighting, music design, styling, casting performance art,’’ Harrison said.

“As a collective our brand is about self-expression. When building our outfits, we play close attention to what character would wear this and how they would be expressing themselves.”

Fashions from Wright Systems.

Their recently launched zero waste program, appeals to a broader demographic and could revolutionise the way t-shirts are produced.

“We have really embraced recycling and our garment process usually begins with a sustainability element,’’ Declan said.

“That forms the foundation of our design and then it can go a number of different ways from there. I guess that’s the beauty of working in a team, we don’t have to rely on one particular structure.”

Zero to waste shirts.

The groups zero waste program is a gamechanger and involves creating the least amount of waste in the garment making process.

Sourcing second hand fabric and buttons, the team is working towards having 100 per cent of their thread made from plastic bottles in a further push towards sustainability.

Another remarkable WA designer highlighted at the exhibition is Antoinette Raphael of RAW WAR (BD Fashion, 2017).

Designer and founder of RAW WAR, Antoinette Raphael.

Her high-end streetwear label underwent a transformation during COVID-19, remerging with a new expressive ready to wear line.

“I used COVID-19 to redefine my work and build on my brand. I love runway pieces, but I wanted to make them more wearable to the consumer,’’ she said.

“I now have a ready to wear line and can also customise any of my runway pieces to suit the individual.”

Antoinette’s creations echo confidence and comfort.

With oversized silhouettes, vibrant colour palettes, monogram prints and bold graphics, RAW WAR appeals to a wide demographic.

“I want wearers to feel comfortable and confident in my brand,’’ Antoinette said.

Antoinette draws inspiration for her assertive designs from music, pop and post-modern art, traditional and modern culture.

“When I was younger Mum would dress me head to toe and I really enjoyed the process. So much so I would practice on paper cut-out dolls,’’ she said.

“In high school I took up sewing classes and my interest grew, Once I knew I had the skillset to create – that was the turning point.”

Since its launch in 2016, RAW WAR has been recognised by British Vogue and appeared internationally at London Fashion Week and Milan Fashion Week.

RAW WAR appeared in the July 2018 edition of Vogue magazine.

“My advice to any aspiring designers would be take your time and put your whole heart into it. Ask lots of questions and utilise social media,’’ she said.

“Like any business there will be trial and error and you’ll need to make some sacrifices but once you establish your brand it is so rewarding. When people appreciate your work, it just warms my heart.”

Weaving together creativity, sustainability and innovation, Anne said graduates from Curtin had successfully gained recognition and respect on the international stage and she looked forward to the future.

20|30 A Curtin Alumni Retrospective is on display at Building 418, Curtin Bentley Campus until Friday August 7.

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If there is one thing volunteering has taught Curtin Nursing graduate Monika Kataragadda, it’s how to be brave. 🎓🤝

Monika’s love for volunteering sparked at Curtin, being involved in CurtinVolunteers! on campus gave her a sense of purpose, lifelong friendships, and memories.

In celebration of National Volunteers Week, Monika shares her volunteering experiences below. 

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧 𝐕𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐬?
A: The Nowanup Trip I went on in 2023, as part of the John Curtin Weekend, stood out for me. Located just north-east of Albany, Nowanup Boodja is a centerpiece in the Gondwana Link ecological restoration program between the Stirling Ranges and the Fitzgerald River National Park.

On the trip, we were able to help with restoration work which included removing hazards from walking trails and putting up new fences to protect the native vegetation from non-Indigenous species. At the end of each day, we would sit around the campfire sharing our stories and struggles - it was great to be in the moment surrounded by nature with likeminded people. 

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟?
A: Personally, volunteering taught me to be more brave. On these trips, you often don’t know anyone and this forces you to form new connections in an environment you’re often not familiar with. I’m someone who likes to plan but I’ve come to realise people aren’t predictable and volunteering has helped me come to terms with the spontaneity of life, which has helped me in my career.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐢𝐩𝐬 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫?
A: If you have limited time, I suggest starting small. Sometimes the smallest projects can make the biggest impacts. Also, see if your workplace offers company volunteering that you can get involved in. Just do what interests you and give it a go! 

Did you know that Curtin has many opportunities for graduates to volunteer? Email alumni@curtin.edu.au to express your interest. 📩

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #VolunteersWeek

If there is one thing volunteering has taught Curtin Nursing graduate Monika Kataragadda, it’s how to be brave. 🎓🤝

Monika’s love for volunteering sparked at Curtin, being involved in CurtinVolunteers! on campus gave her a sense of purpose, lifelong friendships, and memories.

In celebration of National Volunteers Week, Monika shares her volunteering experiences below.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧 𝐕𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐬?
A: The Nowanup Trip I went on in 2023, as part of the John Curtin Weekend, stood out for me. Located just north-east of Albany, Nowanup Boodja is a centerpiece in the Gondwana Link ecological restoration program between the Stirling Ranges and the Fitzgerald River National Park.

On the trip, we were able to help with restoration work which included removing hazards from walking trails and putting up new fences to protect the native vegetation from non-Indigenous species. At the end of each day, we would sit around the campfire sharing our stories and struggles - it was great to be in the moment surrounded by nature with likeminded people.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟?
A: Personally, volunteering taught me to be more brave. On these trips, you often don’t know anyone and this forces you to form new connections in an environment you’re often not familiar with. I’m someone who likes to plan but I’ve come to realise people aren’t predictable and volunteering has helped me come to terms with the spontaneity of life, which has helped me in my career.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐢𝐩𝐬 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫?
A: If you have limited time, I suggest starting small. Sometimes the smallest projects can make the biggest impacts. Also, see if your workplace offers company volunteering that you can get involved in. Just do what interests you and give it a go!

Did you know that Curtin has many opportunities for graduates to volunteer? Email alumni@curtin.edu.au to express your interest. 📩

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #VolunteersWeek
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Over the past 31 years, Curtin Nursing graduate Melanie Robinson has worked in several diverse nursing roles. 🩺🎓

With cultural connections to the Gidja and Ngarinyin people of the Kimberley in WA, Mel is passionate about supporting young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 🖤❤️💛

During her career, Mel has worked in Perth, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing and Dublin, Ireland. She also worked as a nurse educator at Marr Mooditj Training and served as CEO of the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives.

Now, she is the Director of Aboriginal Health at Child and Adolescent Health Service.

Recognised in 2021 for her significant impact in improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Melanie received the Curtin University Professional Achievement (Health Science) Alumni Award. 

Do you know a Curtin graduate making a difference and pushing boundaries in their career? Nominate them for a Curtin Alumni Award today! 🌟

Don’t miss out, the nomination period closes 5PM (AWST) on Friday, 7 June. Find out more via the link in bio. 👆🏽

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #Community #CommunityService #Healthcare #Health #Changemakers #Leaders #FirstNations #Aboriginal #Perth #Career #Leadership

Over the past 31 years, Curtin Nursing graduate Melanie Robinson has worked in several diverse nursing roles. 🩺🎓

With cultural connections to the Gidja and Ngarinyin people of the Kimberley in WA, Mel is passionate about supporting young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 🖤❤️💛

During her career, Mel has worked in Perth, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing and Dublin, Ireland. She also worked as a nurse educator at Marr Mooditj Training and served as CEO of the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives.

Now, she is the Director of Aboriginal Health at Child and Adolescent Health Service.

Recognised in 2021 for her significant impact in improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Melanie received the Curtin University Professional Achievement (Health Science) Alumni Award.

Do you know a Curtin graduate making a difference and pushing boundaries in their career? Nominate them for a Curtin Alumni Award today! 🌟

Don’t miss out, the nomination period closes 5PM (AWST) on Friday, 7 June. Find out more via the link in bio. 👆🏽

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #Community #CommunityService #Healthcare #Health #Changemakers #Leaders #FirstNations #Aboriginal #Perth #Career #Leadership
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We are so proud to see an amazing bunch of Curtin University alumni win big at this year’s Business News #40Under40 Awards! 🎉👏

A special congratulations to the following graduates for their outstanding contributions: 

•Managing Director of @pathfinder_marketing, David Toby
•Creative Director & Owner of @houseofhobbyau, Emilie Otto
•Founder & Director at Reliis Ltd, Leanne Kite
•Founding Director & Occupational Therapist at @therapyforkidsperth, Mia Tarpey

The awards recognise and celebrate WA’s leading entrepreneurs, innovators and future business leaders under the age of 40.

Well done to the graduates who were awarded – we look forward to seeing you kick more goals in the future! 🚀

Read more about the winners here 👇 
https://shorturl.at/mwxNR 

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #BusinessNews #40Under40Awards #40Under40 #Perth #PerthBusiness #Community #WALeaders #Leadership #YoungLeaders #Business #Community

We are so proud to see an amazing bunch of Curtin University alumni win big at this year’s Business News #40Under40 Awards! 🎉👏

A special congratulations to the following graduates for their outstanding contributions:

•Managing Director of @pathfinder_marketing, David Toby
•Creative Director & Owner of @houseofhobbyau, Emilie Otto
•Founder & Director at Reliis Ltd, Leanne Kite
•Founding Director & Occupational Therapist at @therapyforkidsperth, Mia Tarpey

The awards recognise and celebrate WA’s leading entrepreneurs, innovators and future business leaders under the age of 40.

Well done to the graduates who were awarded – we look forward to seeing you kick more goals in the future! 🚀

Read more about the winners here 👇
https://shorturl.at/mwxNR

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #BusinessNews #40Under40Awards #40Under40 #Perth #PerthBusiness #Community #WALeaders #Leadership #YoungLeaders #Business #Community
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When a terrible stutter started to negatively impact his life, Peter Dhu CSP MBA decided to stop speaking altogether.
 
For a decade of his life, Peter’s fear of talking to people became so severe that he decided to become an elective mute, only communicating purely using handwritten notes. ✍️📝
 
Now, the Applied Science graduate and former medical scientist is one of Australia’s most inspirational public speakers – helping others find their voice through his business, Corporate Communication Experts.
 
Peter shares his number one tip for overcoming a fear of public speaking. 🧠💡
 
Peter shares how he overcame his greatest fear and how he’s helping others do the same in #CurtinCommons via the link in bio. 👆
 
#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CurtinCommons #PublicSpeaking #Speaking #Confidence #Stutter #Performance #Productivity #Communication #MotivationalSpeaker

When a terrible stutter started to negatively impact his life, Peter Dhu CSP MBA decided to stop speaking altogether.
 
For a decade of his life, Peter’s fear of talking to people became so severe that he decided to become an elective mute, only communicating purely using handwritten notes. ✍️📝
 
Now, the Applied Science graduate and former medical scientist is one of Australia’s most inspirational public speakers – helping others find their voice through his business, Corporate Communication Experts.
 
Peter shares his number one tip for overcoming a fear of public speaking. 🧠💡
 
Peter shares how he overcame his greatest fear and how he’s helping others do the same in #CurtinCommons via the link in bio. 👆
 
#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CurtinCommons #PublicSpeaking #Speaking #Confidence #Stutter #Performance #Productivity #Communication #MotivationalSpeaker
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Curtin Master of Human Resources graduate Conrad Liveris is passionate about making our workplaces better to make our lives better. 💼🌏

An independent economist and non-profit executive, Conrad has been named by the ABC as “one of Australia’s leading employment and workplace experts”.

His expert advice on the labour market has been sought after by government ministers, small businesses, and technology giants, and covers wide-ranging contemporary issues like flexible working, restructuring, diversity, and inclusion. 

Driven by his desire to expand opportunity and improve access to justice, Conrad is also the Executive Officer at The Piddington Society. 

Conrad was our Young Achievement Award winner for his work as an employment and workplace expert commentator and for his commitment to improving access to justice. ⚖️

Do you know a Curtin graduate inspiring powerful action, advocating for progressive change, and pushing boundaries? Nominate them for a Curtin Alumni Achievement Award today! 

Nominations can be submitted by community members, fellow alumni, and Curtin staff. 

Don’t miss out, the nomination period closes 5PM (AWST) on Friday, 7 June. Find out more via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #Community #CommunityService #World #Leadership #Changemakers #Connection #Perth #Career #Impact #YoungLeaders

Curtin Master of Human Resources graduate Conrad Liveris is passionate about making our workplaces better to make our lives better. 💼🌏

An independent economist and non-profit executive, Conrad has been named by the ABC as “one of Australia’s leading employment and workplace experts”.

His expert advice on the labour market has been sought after by government ministers, small businesses, and technology giants, and covers wide-ranging contemporary issues like flexible working, restructuring, diversity, and inclusion.

Driven by his desire to expand opportunity and improve access to justice, Conrad is also the Executive Officer at The Piddington Society.

Conrad was our Young Achievement Award winner for his work as an employment and workplace expert commentator and for his commitment to improving access to justice. ⚖️

Do you know a Curtin graduate inspiring powerful action, advocating for progressive change, and pushing boundaries? Nominate them for a Curtin Alumni Achievement Award today!

Nominations can be submitted by community members, fellow alumni, and Curtin staff.

Don’t miss out, the nomination period closes 5PM (AWST) on Friday, 7 June. Find out more via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #Community #CommunityService #World #Leadership #Changemakers #Connection #Perth #Career #Impact #YoungLeaders
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Curtin Creative Writing & Publishing graduate Emma Pei Yin has always had a passion for writing, but it took years for her to pursue her dream career. 📚✍️

Ignoring her parents and buying a one-way ticket to Australia to achieve her dream has paid dividends, with the Canberra-based author and editor set to release her debut novel, ‘When Sleeping Women Wake’ next year.

Emma is deeply motivated to amplify Asian voices within the Australian literary landscape and is the Founder of Yinfluence and Senior Content Manager for Future Women. 💛

Choosing her own path hasn’t been easy, Emma shares the three biggest lessons she has learned through the process of facing rejection via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #WhenSleepingWomenWake #Author #Novel #Writer #Editor #Rejection #Leadership #Career #WritingCareer #CareerAdvice

Curtin Creative Writing & Publishing graduate Emma Pei Yin has always had a passion for writing, but it took years for her to pursue her dream career. 📚✍️

Ignoring her parents and buying a one-way ticket to Australia to achieve her dream has paid dividends, with the Canberra-based author and editor set to release her debut novel, ‘When Sleeping Women Wake’ next year.

Emma is deeply motivated to amplify Asian voices within the Australian literary landscape and is the Founder of Yinfluence and Senior Content Manager for Future Women. 💛

Choosing her own path hasn’t been easy, Emma shares the three biggest lessons she has learned through the process of facing rejection via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #WhenSleepingWomenWake #Author #Novel #Writer #Editor #Rejection #Leadership #Career #WritingCareer #CareerAdvice
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What do all of these amazing Curtin graduates have in common? 🤔 They are all Curtin Alumni Award winners! 🎓

Nominations are now open for the 2024 Curtin Alumni Awards!

This year we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Awards, a special night recognising the phenomenal achievements of our graduates who are making a difference in their communities and around the world.

If you know a Curtin graduate inspiring powerful action, advocating for progressive change, and pushing boundaries – nominate them today! 💫

Nominations can be submitted by community members, fellow alumni, and Curtin staff. 

Don’t miss out, the nomination period closes 5PM (AWST) Friday, 7 June. 📅

Find out more here via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #Community #World #Leadership #Changemakers #Connection #Global #Perth #Career #Impact

What do all of these amazing Curtin graduates have in common? 🤔 They are all Curtin Alumni Award winners! 🎓

Nominations are now open for the 2024 Curtin Alumni Awards!

This year we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Awards, a special night recognising the phenomenal achievements of our graduates who are making a difference in their communities and around the world.

If you know a Curtin graduate inspiring powerful action, advocating for progressive change, and pushing boundaries – nominate them today! 💫

Nominations can be submitted by community members, fellow alumni, and Curtin staff.

Don’t miss out, the nomination period closes 5PM (AWST) Friday, 7 June. 📅

Find out more here via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #Community #World #Leadership #Changemakers #Connection #Global #Perth #Career #Impact
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Meet Curtin Electrical and Electronics Engineering graduate Haniff Soorian Pagavalan who is pursuing his dream as an Electrical Engineer at Western Power. ⚡🛠️

Haniff was involved in Curtin’s Internship Gateway Program, which gives organisations the chance to foster connections with highly motivated science and engineering students.

Through the program, your organisation will not only contribute to shaping the development of our industry-ready graduates but will also provide your team with the opportunity to develop their mentoring and leadership skills.

For Haniff, undertaking the internship was an invaluable experience that prepared him for the workforce. 🎓

“I spent about three months as an intern and for the first month, they sent me into the workshop. I got to see how the switchboards were constructed. 

In that experience, I’d say the most valuable thing was seeing how the drawings translated into the real physical thing. Seeing it in real life makes a lot of a difference and I learned that I’m more capable than I think I am,” Haniff said.

Want to be involved in this year’s program? Find out more here 👉 https://shorturl.at/dez17 

There are a limited number of industry partnerships available, make sure to express your interest before Friday 24 May. 📅

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #Internship #Program #Science #Engineering #STEM #WorkExperience #ProfessionalDevelopment #Professional #Career #Development

Meet Curtin Electrical and Electronics Engineering graduate Haniff Soorian Pagavalan who is pursuing his dream as an Electrical Engineer at Western Power. ⚡🛠️

Haniff was involved in Curtin’s Internship Gateway Program, which gives organisations the chance to foster connections with highly motivated science and engineering students.

Through the program, your organisation will not only contribute to shaping the development of our industry-ready graduates but will also provide your team with the opportunity to develop their mentoring and leadership skills.

For Haniff, undertaking the internship was an invaluable experience that prepared him for the workforce. 🎓

“I spent about three months as an intern and for the first month, they sent me into the workshop. I got to see how the switchboards were constructed.

In that experience, I’d say the most valuable thing was seeing how the drawings translated into the real physical thing. Seeing it in real life makes a lot of a difference and I learned that I’m more capable than I think I am,” Haniff said.

Want to be involved in this year’s program? Find out more here 👉 https://shorturl.at/dez17

There are a limited number of industry partnerships available, make sure to express your interest before Friday 24 May. 📅

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #Internship #Program #Science #Engineering #STEM #WorkExperience #ProfessionalDevelopment #Professional #Career #Development
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If you’re a Curtin graduate, you can get access to a wide variety of benefits! 🎓🎉🤗

Just because you’ve left Curtin doesn’t mean your journey with us ends - make sure to update your details to receive special offers, support and opportunities available to you. 📚💡

Here are just some of the perks you receive when you’re a Curtin graduate:

✅ Complimentary FREE 12-month alumni library membership which can be renewed annually; 
✅ Access to volunteering opportunities;
✅ Access to workshops, resume and job application reviews and a wealth of career-focused resources (these services are provided free of charge for up to 12 months after graduation);
✅ Access to a Career Development Consultant; and
✅ A discount to a range of lifelong learning and professional development courses.

Discover the exciting opportunities available via link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #Alumni #Perks #AlumniPerks #Benefits #Activities #Opportunities #Community #ProfessionalDevelopment #Upskilling #LearningOpportunities #Learning #HigherEducation #Education

If you’re a Curtin graduate, you can get access to a wide variety of benefits! 🎓🎉🤗

Just because you’ve left Curtin doesn’t mean your journey with us ends - make sure to update your details to receive special offers, support and opportunities available to you. 📚💡

Here are just some of the perks you receive when you’re a Curtin graduate:

✅ Complimentary FREE 12-month alumni library membership which can be renewed annually;
✅ Access to volunteering opportunities;
✅ Access to workshops, resume and job application reviews and a wealth of career-focused resources (these services are provided free of charge for up to 12 months after graduation);
✅ Access to a Career Development Consultant; and
✅ A discount to a range of lifelong learning and professional development courses.

Discover the exciting opportunities available via link in bio. 👆

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Eric Carwardine has a special connection with Curtin University that spans 35 glorious years, from 1964 to 1999. 🎓

Last month, the Electrical Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences alumnus and former Curtin staff member took a trip down memory lane with us, visiting his old stomping grounds at our Bentley Campus.

“In the summer of 1964, I was part of the pioneering movement from St George's Terrace Perth to the Bentley campus. 

“Somewhere in my archives, I have photographic negatives of the construction of Building 306 which housed the departments of Chemistry, Biology, and Medical Technology, and was set amongst a pine plantation. 🔬🧪

“In the basement of Building 306, there was a cafeteria and an ablutions block and several of us set up home in the ground floor chemistry laboratories, putting our sleeping bags under the fume hoods. With all the comforts of home, we could save traveling time as we set up the laboratories.”

Eric attended Perth Technical College before it became the Western Australian Institute of Technology in 1967, and later Curtin in 1985.

Eric now resides at SwanCare Tandara in East Victoria Park with his wife Heather and likes to keep active by creating beautiful jarrah furniture and writing his memoir.✍ 📓

“At the age of eighty years my quota of one billion heartbeats must be nearing exhaustion but before the counter reached zero, I had a task to perform, a pilgrimage to where my full-time employment started,” he said.

“When I retired in 1999, I was the longest-serving member of the technical staff. Thank you, Curtin, for the opportunity to stroll down memory lane.” 💛

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Eric Carwardine has a special connection with Curtin University that spans 35 glorious years, from 1964 to 1999. 🎓

Last month, the Electrical Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences alumnus and former Curtin staff member took a trip down memory lane with us, visiting his old stomping grounds at our Bentley Campus.

“In the summer of 1964, I was part of the pioneering movement from St George`s Terrace Perth to the Bentley campus.

“Somewhere in my archives, I have photographic negatives of the construction of Building 306 which housed the departments of Chemistry, Biology, and Medical Technology, and was set amongst a pine plantation. 🔬🧪

“In the basement of Building 306, there was a cafeteria and an ablutions block and several of us set up home in the ground floor chemistry laboratories, putting our sleeping bags under the fume hoods. With all the comforts of home, we could save traveling time as we set up the laboratories.”

Eric attended Perth Technical College before it became the Western Australian Institute of Technology in 1967, and later Curtin in 1985.

Eric now resides at SwanCare Tandara in East Victoria Park with his wife Heather and likes to keep active by creating beautiful jarrah furniture and writing his memoir.✍ 📓

“At the age of eighty years my quota of one billion heartbeats must be nearing exhaustion but before the counter reached zero, I had a task to perform, a pilgrimage to where my full-time employment started,” he said.

“When I retired in 1999, I was the longest-serving member of the technical staff. Thank you, Curtin, for the opportunity to stroll down memory lane.” 💛

For more inspiring graduate stories visit Curtin Commons via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #WAIT #Nostalgia #Memories #PerthTechnicalCollege #HigherEducation #Perth #Wisdom #Engineering #Computing #Mathematics #Education #University
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Today is World Book Day! 📚🌏 

To celebrate this special day, our Senior Writer and Editor-in-Chief of Curtin Commons Carmelle Wilkinson shares the book that ignited her love of literature. 

“I remember reading The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe for the first time when I was 11 years old, and not being able to put it down. It’s a magical memory and one that can easily be summoned every time I attempt to clean my wardrobe. 

If only there was a secret door behind my closest that opened to the wintery wonderland of Narnia…and the piles of clothing and chores would disappear – even for just a moment. 

Now, having read it to both my kids, I can honestly say it’s still up there as one of my favourites. 

An enchanted world where a lion can talk, an evil witch reigns, and magic and adventure lurk around every corner – what’s not to like?“

A valued member of our Curtin Alumni and Advancement team, Carmelle is passionate about sharing thought-provoking stories and celebrating the many amazing contributions of our Curtin alumni community! 💛️ 

Discover more of Curtin Commons via link in bio. 👆 

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinCommons #WorldBookDay #Literature #Inspiring #Stories #Articles #Graduates #Book #Storytelling #Celebration #Community #Creative #Impactful #Passionate

Today is World Book Day! 📚🌏

To celebrate this special day, our Senior Writer and Editor-in-Chief of Curtin Commons Carmelle Wilkinson shares the book that ignited her love of literature.

“I remember reading The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe for the first time when I was 11 years old, and not being able to put it down. It’s a magical memory and one that can easily be summoned every time I attempt to clean my wardrobe.

If only there was a secret door behind my closest that opened to the wintery wonderland of Narnia…and the piles of clothing and chores would disappear – even for just a moment.

Now, having read it to both my kids, I can honestly say it’s still up there as one of my favourites.

An enchanted world where a lion can talk, an evil witch reigns, and magic and adventure lurk around every corner – what’s not to like?“

A valued member of our Curtin Alumni and Advancement team, Carmelle is passionate about sharing thought-provoking stories and celebrating the many amazing contributions of our Curtin alumni community! 💛️

Discover more of Curtin Commons via link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinCommons #WorldBookDay #Literature #Inspiring #Stories #Articles #Graduates #Book #Storytelling #Celebration #Community #Creative #Impactful #Passionate
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