The diversity of people and skills made it the winner of the RMIT Graduation Greeting Card Competition.
“Inspired by the vibrant and dynamic spirit of RMIT, my piece is a celebration of the academic journey and the boundless potential that follows when graduating with a degree from RMIT,” Minxuan said.
“The piece honours the graduates of RMIT, who are diverse in field of study and in personality. The RMIT logo, featured at the centre of the design, symbolises the university's role as the guiding force in the graduate’s educational journey. The students surrounding the emblem represent the many skills that can be acquired at RMIT, each one a testament to the university's commitment to nurturing a diverse community of talented individuals.”
Drawing on her own experiences of teamwork at RMIT, Minxuan said it was important to convey people making a difference together.
“Their collective presence evokes a sense of connection between members of the RMIT community, showcasing the power of collaboration,” she explained.
“This artwork radiates pride, reflecting the hard work, dedication, and achievements of RMIT's students. It embodies the joy of graduation and the well-earned sense of accomplishment that follows.”
Design for life
Minxuan embarked on the Bachelor of Fashion (Design) with a passion for creativity and a goal: to carve out a career in the fashion industry.
She immigrated to Australia with her family from Hunan, China in 2015 and was influenced by designers such as Yohji Yamamoto and Issey Miyaki.
During the course, she began veering away from fashion and into illustration.
“I slowly began to gain insight into my real passions and learnt more about the fashion industry more broadly,” she said.
“Through this, I realised I did not particularly enjoy manufacturing garments, and it was designing that made me happy.
“However, I can say with confidence my favourite part of the fashion design course was the initial phase of the design process, which was a part of many assignments. This included things like creating mood boards, illustrating and exploration with various materials.
“Furthermore, the designs would go through several iterations and would also need elements to support the presentation, such as posters or videos. I enjoyed this creative process so much that it slowly became the thing I wanted to continue with beyond my degree, particularly illustrating.”