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Curtin graduates showcase work at prestigious exhibition

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Three Curtin graduates are showcasing their work in the prestigious Design Now! exhibition in Melbourne and Sydney.

Lecturers from university art and design schools across Australia were asked to nominate up to three students who had produced outstanding work in the final year of their degree, with jewellery design graduates Kim Kwong and Kali Norman, and fashion and textiles graduate Hayley Barsden making up the entire WA contingent at the exhibition.

Hayley said the phone call telling her A Study of Still Life designs had made it into the show came at the perfect time for her.

‘Because I’d only just finished my degree, and hadn’t had anything lined up, it’s quite exciting to have something to keep me busy,’ she said.

Hayley will be making the trip to the east coast to meet with press and judges, and is looking forward to have her plywood-based collection, which blurs the line between body and object by rendering models unable to move while dressed, exposed to a wider-audience of people.

‘I’m excited that my work is being showcased in an art space, because it wouldn’t work on a catwalk, I set it up as more of a performance installation.’

One of the most sought after achievements for final-year design students across the nation, Design Now! showcases the work of the three best graduates in six fields, ranging from architecture to design-for-the-body, through to animation. It is currently on exhibition at the Object Gallery in Sydney from April 18 until June 21, and at the Melbourne Museum from August 14 until October 25 2009.

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