Bachelor of Arts (Textile Design) graduate Cassie Byrnes has won the state prize in the Design Institute of Australia’s Graduate of the Year Awards (GOTYA).
Byrnes, who won in the Textile and Fashion Design category, is now in the running for the national award which will be announced this month.
GOTYA is an unique awards program created to support designers in the early stages of their career and recognise emerging excellence in various design disciplines.
The nominated 2014 graduates from Victorian and Tasmanian universities were assessed on their design solutions, transferrable workplace skills and predicted impact on the Australian design industry.
Byrnes’ “Rambler” collection last year won the RMIT Bachelor of Arts (Textile Design) final year industry project with Linen House and was placed into commercial production.
“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 the 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 Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration student Miho Anderson and Associate Degree in Design (Furniture) Richard Greenacre were also awarded runner-up prizes in their categories.
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