Emerging designer, James Fay, sees the world through its creative form. This ability to see objects in slightly different ways encouraged him to enrol in the Associates Degree in Design (Furniture).
The teachers who take the program are all professionals who have been doing this for many years. They have a lot of experience in the creative field and are heavily interested in design and creating. It’s their love for what they do that makes the classes enjoyable, especially in the first few months when we focused a lot on demonstrations and how to use the equipment.
Once we learnt the basics of what we could do with each machine, the learning shifted to us. The program offered enough freedom to pursue and learn about any method or technique that sparked our interest.
Through this form of self-guided learning, I was able to tailer the program to suit my interests specifically. I could use the work shop and teachers to help me develop a particular skill which made the program more engaging and extremely beneficial in the growth of my own personal style.
One thing I found quite challenging was settling on a decision. How I was going to bring my ideas to life was in my own hands which meant I had to make a lot of decisions from the thickness of the piece to the angle that the two rails connect, and heaps of other things that people don’t normally notice when looking at furniture. I often spent hours thinking about my options and weighing up what choices would create a better aesthetic.
When I became stuck on a decision, I found that I had a lot to learn from the other students. It was really helpful to discuss my ideas and different options with my peers as they are all so passionate about design and have interesting insights into the design process. Their opinions offer a different perspective which helped me unpack my own ideas and make those crucial decisions with more ease.
In the future I would like to start a small furniture business, selling one offs and small batch productions. However, for now, I want to further my studies in industrial design and gain as much experience in the world of design that I can.
Written by Mikeala Ortolan