DesignTECH and Texstyle
The regional tour of the DesignTECH and Texstyle exhibitions provides an opportunity for students and the broader community to appreciate first-hand the outstanding quality of work being produced in our schools, right across NSW, due to quality teaching and learning programs.
DesignTECH is the annual showcase of major design projects by 2008 Higher School Certificate Design and Technology students. The Design and Technology course asks students to select and apply design, production and evaluation skills to satisfy an identified need or opportunity.
Designs may be a product, system or environment. It's encouraging to see that the works of five local students have been selected for this year's DesignTECH exhibition at the Museum of the Riverina.
These students include Katelyn Harley from Wagga Wagga Christian College, who created a range of innovative, decorated sneakers and custom-made casual bags; Lauren Sharman from Mater Dei Catholic College, who produced a Fashion Shopping Guide for Wagga Wagga, promoting specialty fashion stores in the area; Christa Zacharia from the Riverina Anglican College who designed and produced Configure a unique, multi-functional shelving unit for contemporary living; Melissa Weigand from Wade High School in Griffith, who designed the M Cart, a trolley to carry the essentials required when preparing a barbeque and Rezwana Bashir from West Wyalong High School, who designed and produced a formal gown that can be taken apart to make separate garments from recycled fabric, based on eco fashion principles.
Each project is displayed with its accompanying portfolio that documents the design process followed by the students from the identification of need to the final realisation. DesignTECH is a touring exhibition from Board of Studies NSW in association with the NSW Department of Education and Training.
Texstyle is an annual exhibition where year 12 major textile projects that show outstanding quality and a high degree of creativity and innovation. Students studying Textiles and Design for the Higher School Certificate create a textile item and supporting documentation as part of their course. The students can choose to work in one of five focus areas including apparel, costume, textile art, furnishings and non-apparel such as tents, sleeping bags, surfboard covers and toys. Texstyle is a travelling exhibition from the Technology Educators Association.