Inspiring the next generation

Emilie from Guilford Young College and Abby from Woodbridge School joined us for our work experience program. A real world, hands on experience that encourages and inspires the students to consider a career in interior design.
The students joined our team on supplier visits to Featherston Interiors, Poytec and a site visit to our current Waggon & Horses Pub fit-out.
Sharing experiences and lessons we have learned can be the most valuable of all.

Slected as Juror for GOTYA Awards

A true honour for Jane to be part of the jury for the Australian GOTYA (Graduate of The Year Awards) 2021. Education and inspiring the next generation of designers is an area that Jane is deeply passionate about and she loved being part of this process, having an impact on our design community.
‘The GOTYA program mentoring students for almost two decades is a unique awards program created to support and celebrate exceptional designers from around Australia in the early stages of their career.’ DIA

St Mary’s College talk at Elite Appliances

St Mary’s College students were treated to a morning of bathroom inspo and design insights at Elite Appliances.

Jane discussed the role of an interior designer in the industry, career opportunities and the way we use processes, design thinking and collaboration to achieve the fusion of form and function.

The Housing and Interior Design students explored the impressive historic building, checking out tapware, appliances, fixtures and fittings.

A fun and inspiring session, allowing students to embrace an industry that has passion, integrity, skill and the deep understanding of human behaviour within habitable spaces.

Work experience for Jaden

For Jaden, our most recent work experience student, a day at the Valentine Studio involved partaking in one of our intense team workshop sessions that involved developing and sharing a unique design concept in response to an object as simple as an orange. 

Jaden rose to the challenge, collectively reminding us of the importance of continually striving to learn more and the inherent value of sharing these experiences with aspiring designers to allow our industry to grow. 

A big thanks to Polytec Tasmania & Featherston Interiors for supporting these initiatives for the next generation of aspiring designers.



Naomi provides tips to graduating students

Our Naomi giving a talk to the interior design students at Foundry about life after graduating.
Naomi discussed her work in commercial event spaces, creating temporary installations, and preparing a folio to enter the interior design industry.
Naomi is a First Class Honours graduate from the RMIT Bachelor of Interior Design and had some fabulous tips and advice for the students.
Naomi spoke with confidence, engaging the students who are aspiring to be interior designers. Her thought-provoking folio was a perfect example to show as the students were preparing their own folios for assessment.

Sarah Mirowski talks to Foundry students

Our Sarah Mirowski gave a wonderful talk to the Foundry students about entering the industry.

Sarah was inspiring, encouraging, and energetic in the way she delivered the talk, with fabulous feedback from the students about how they could really relate to her experience. Sarah related it to her own personal journey and emphasised how there is more than one way to enter into the design industry and the most important factor is to follow a career in something you really love doing. 

The graduating class at Foundry, Hobart was taught by Jane Valentine and Claire Bramich. Jane made a few comments about the group before they graduated.

“I’m so proud of our Interior Design class about to complete their Foundry journey – inspired and industry-ready. They also inspire us as professionals on a daily basis. Look out for this talented, hard-working bunch of designers.”