Textile Design, Interior Design and Decoration and Furniture Design students have been recognised for their work at the Design Institute of Australia’s Graduate of the Year Awards (GOTYA).
Cassie Byrnes, a 2014 Bachelor of Arts (Textile Design) graduate, was awarded the state GOTYA prize in the Fashion and Textile Design category.
Fellow RMIT Textile Design grads Rebekah Archer and Lauren Tausend were presented with runner-up and high commendation accolades respectively.
GOTYA is a unique awards program created to support designers in the early stages of their career, as well as recognise emerging excellence in various design disciplines.
The nominated 2014 graduates from Victoria and Tasmania universities were evaluated on their design solutions, transferrable workplace skills and predicted impact on the Australian design industry.
Byrnes said she felt both excited and surprised to be awarded the state GOTYA accolade.
“This award really affirms my desire to pursue textile design, as well as my capacity to flourish as an independent textile designer,” she said.
“My gratitude goes to the teachers in RMIT’s textile design program.
“They nurtured, challenged and pushed me to think about design differently; to explore and research ideas from new perspectives.”
Head of School Fashion and Textiles Professor Robyn Healy said Byrnes’ win was a testament to the unique method of learning and teaching at RMIT.
“The RMIT Textile Design program is globally celebrated for its diverse and innovative approach to design practice,” Healy said.
“The program focuses on both traditional and contemporary skills, inspiring students to develop innovative textile design concepts – which can be seen in Cassie’s winning work.”
RMIT is highly acclaimed for its programs in art, design and architecture, with students and alumni leading innovation in industry.