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I was a mature student at Shillington—very mature. It took every ounce of courage to walk through the door into what I assumed would be a group of individuals far younger than me, all of which I assume would be techno savvy creative geniuses.

Founder, A Making Life

Dawn Moloney

What were you up to before Shillington?

I studied at Shillington Sydney as a part time student commencing in Feb 2014. I didn’t realise at the time what a profound impact this would have on me and my life. I had expected to learn some great new skills in a fabulous environment but I had not expected it to fundamentally change the perceptions I had of myself.

I was a mature student at Shillington—very mature. I was a moderately successfully business woman and had worked mainly in the pharmaceutical industry almost all my working life. So, why would I change and become a graphic designer? Many have asked me this question and to explain I must briefly return to my upbringing and early career. Born in the East of London in the 60s into a working-class family—life in the arts was never going to be deemed a suitable career, so I became a pharmacist the perennial “square peg in a round hole”. I painted at lunchtime, sewed at the weekend and worked all the rest of the time. Don’t get me wrong I had/have a great career, I have had some magnificent experiences which always made it harder to give it up and follow my dreams of being a fully-fledged “creative person”.

In 2002, at the age of 40, we sold all our possessions, uprooted ourselves and our 2 young kids and moved half way around the world and started again. We have never regretted that decision but once again it meant my creative dreams were put on hold. Whilst I always knew I wanted to design my own fabric and make my own patterns it wasn’t until we had established ourselves that I could focus on gathering the skills I needed to fulfil my dreams. That’s where Shillington came in, and I finally enrolled.

How did you find the course?

I knew Shillington would be challenging, at the time I barely knew how to turn on a MAC!! But even I was surprised at the depth of my nerves that very first day. It took every ounce of courage to walk through the door into what I assumed would be a group of individuals far younger than me, all of which I assume would be techno savvy creative geniuses.

I haven’t ever admitted the fact that I threw up in the toilet 10 minutes before that very first class. Yes, a confident business woman in her 50s who had presented 1000s of times to 100s of people was a total nervous wreck on the first day of design college. Fortunately I used my experience to cover my nerves. Looking back, I think I was so nervous because I had waited so long for this and I had finally arrived and I wanted to be good.

The year at Shillington was fun but hard and very challenging, constantly changing and evolving briefs and all the new things to learn pushed me hard to keep up. I was surrounded by supportive students and fantastic teachers, which helped keep me going.

Tell us about A Making Life.

My creative business, A Making Life, focusses on teaching others the love of making things for themselves. In the short term, we will be teaching lampshade making, sewing, block printing, lettering, watercolours and floristry with many more in the pipeline. I want to provide a space for participants to enjoy the craft of hand making with other likeminded people and help them build lifelong skills. And yes, I have designed and have had my first fabric printed. I’m even training to teach InDesign. Anyone from my course reading this will probably choke with laughter at this point -yes me the person who took 6 weeks to toggle between stroke ad fill is planning to teach. Life is a constant surprise!

Lori Beth Kaye
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Ray Wong
Designer, Oink Creative

Keiran McCann
Graphic Designer, Victoria’s Secret

Emily Campos
UX Designer, Wix

Jaira Adlawan
Senior Visual Designer, Sephora

Ani Monteleone
Designer, The Wall Street Journal

Hamish Snow
Designer, Josephmark

Eleanor Robertson
Designer, Paul Belford Ltd

Gerald Torto
Strategist, Re Agency

Linda Gao
Designer, HBO

Ella Donald & Charlotte Carnegie Brown
Co-Founders, Studio Duzi

Sinead Murphy
Freelance Graphic Designer

Bianca Oggiano
Designer, Design Haus Liberty

Christopher J Porter
Designer, I See Sea

Dominika Stanczyk
Designer, Open Water

Katie Lodge
Business Development Manager, Frost* collective

Amee Wilson
Art Director, Clemenger BBDO

Jordan Demetriou
Junior Designer, Principals

Ashley Ronning
Illustrator and Founder of Helio Press

Emily Somers
Founder, Bravery Co.

Anara Davletaliyeva
UX Designer and Developer, Appliances Online

Erin Gale
Designer, Target

Tiffany Yee
Designer, Forever 21

Amy Sheehan
Art Director, Insider Inc.

Emma Ladlow
Designer, University of Nottingham Students' Union

Braden Floris
Designer, GoFundMe

Alexis Waller
Art Director, Apple Inc.

Halah El Kholy
In-House Designer, Brew Tea Co

Alexander Rog
Junior Designer, oOh!

Jessica Bakker
Junior Graphic Designer, Beyond Communications

Bianca Chu
Senior Designer, eBay

Tally Thompson
Graphic Designer, Awesome Creative

Greg Bemis
Creative, Nike

Arnold Omanyo
UX/UI Designer, Digital on Demand

Tahmena Lutfi
Digital Designer, Qantas and Jetstar Hotels

Meredith Wallis
Designer, King & Partners

Miranda Mayne
Freelance Graphic Designer

Lindsay Koffler
Graphic Designer, Refinery29

Bobby Hendry
Designer, Brilliant Logic

Anika George
Designer, AKQA

Mark Osmond
Designer, Thumbs Up!

Lily Moore
Designer at Sotheby’s

Liana Modolo
UX Designer, Rex Software

Victoire Scherer
Junior Graphic Designer, Neoscape

Mikel McCavana
Designer, Moment

Kelly Hansen
Graphic Designer, Amazon Books

Alexander Wu-Kim
Concept Creative, ANDPEOPLE Australia

Kirsten McColl
Designer, WH-O

Nicole Rogers
Designer, Birchbox

Frankie Young
Founder, Studio Neubau

Pooja Dharia
Branding Designer, FCB Health

Jackson Todd
Art Director, Van Der Zwaag

Dawn Moloney
Founder, A Making Life

Caroline Keefe
Freelance, Nickelodeon

Sophie Lord
Creative Director, Hello May

Ocki Magill
Founder, Letter Bug Studios

I was a mature student at Shillington—very mature. It took every ounce of courage to walk through the door into what I assumed would be a group of individuals far younger than me, all of which I assume would be techno savvy creative geniuses.

Founder, A Making Life

Dawn Moloney

What were you up to before Shillington?

I studied at Shillington Sydney as a part time student commencing in Feb 2014. I didn’t realise at the time what a profound impact this would have on me and my life. I had expected to learn some great new skills in a fabulous environment but I had not expected it to fundamentally change the perceptions I had of myself.

I was a mature student at Shillington—very mature. I was a moderately successfully business woman and had worked mainly in the pharmaceutical industry almost all my working life. So, why would I change and become a graphic designer? Many have asked me this question and to explain I must briefly return to my upbringing and early career. Born in the East of London in the 60s into a working-class family—life in the arts was never going to be deemed a suitable career, so I became a pharmacist the perennial “square peg in a round hole”. I painted at lunchtime, sewed at the weekend and worked all the rest of the time. Don’t get me wrong I had/have a great career, I have had some magnificent experiences which always made it harder to give it up and follow my dreams of being a fully-fledged “creative person”.

In 2002, at the age of 40, we sold all our possessions, uprooted ourselves and our 2 young kids and moved half way around the world and started again. We have never regretted that decision but once again it meant my creative dreams were put on hold. Whilst I always knew I wanted to design my own fabric and make my own patterns it wasn’t until we had established ourselves that I could focus on gathering the skills I needed to fulfil my dreams. That’s where Shillington came in, and I finally enrolled.

How did you find the course?

I knew Shillington would be challenging, at the time I barely knew how to turn on a MAC!! But even I was surprised at the depth of my nerves that very first day. It took every ounce of courage to walk through the door into what I assumed would be a group of individuals far younger than me, all of which I assume would be techno savvy creative geniuses.

I haven’t ever admitted the fact that I threw up in the toilet 10 minutes before that very first class. Yes, a confident business woman in her 50s who had presented 1000s of times to 100s of people was a total nervous wreck on the first day of design college. Fortunately I used my experience to cover my nerves. Looking back, I think I was so nervous because I had waited so long for this and I had finally arrived and I wanted to be good.

The year at Shillington was fun but hard and very challenging, constantly changing and evolving briefs and all the new things to learn pushed me hard to keep up. I was surrounded by supportive students and fantastic teachers, which helped keep me going.

Tell us about A Making Life.

My creative business, A Making Life, focusses on teaching others the love of making things for themselves. In the short term, we will be teaching lampshade making, sewing, block printing, lettering, watercolours and floristry with many more in the pipeline. I want to provide a space for participants to enjoy the craft of hand making with other likeminded people and help them build lifelong skills. And yes, I have designed and have had my first fabric printed. I’m even training to teach InDesign. Anyone from my course reading this will probably choke with laughter at this point -yes me the person who took 6 weeks to toggle between stroke ad fill is planning to teach. Life is a constant surprise!

Andy Vargas
Designer, Bitâcora

Moshe Bien
Designer, Nucleus

Crystal Lin
Designer, DNA Design

Stephen Grace
Designer, Christopher Doyle & Co.

Jing Ong
Designer, Autumn

Paul and Amoni Liddell
Graphic Designers, Westpac CX and Feel

Eleanor Rogers
Letterpress Printer, Chapel Press

Andy Tharagonnet
Designer, ThumbsUp

Erin Donati
Founder, Harley Quinn & Co.

Ben Peters
Freelance Graphic Designer

Brad Holten
Designer, Big Idea

Natalia Baker
Freelance Graphic Designer

Guy Pittard
Freelance Graphic Designer

Bea Sambalido
Freelance Graphic Designer

Oceane Combeau
Designer, Fernand et Firmin

Charly Tudor
Graphic Designer, Holdens

Anna Mullin
Illustrator, Sneaky Racoon

Theo Witrylak
Visual Designer, EPAM

Stephanie Antill
Founder, St Clement Creative

Paul McKie and Myles Sharpe
Directors, Autumn

Pete Conforto
Designer, For The People

Nicol Reid
Founder, Little Creative

David Scott
Designer, The Mix

James Birks
Freelance Illustrator and Designer

Jane Durlacher
Graphic Designer, Paper Stone Scissors

Rachel Lee
Freelance Graphic Designer

Romayne Gadelrab
Freelance Graphic Designer

Janno Saft
Founder, frank wo

Roo Cassels
Designer, Big Fish

Vanessa Burgess
Graphic Designer, Tritium

Olivier Adam
Freelance Graphic Designer

Molly Sitter
Studio Designer, Spring St. Social Society

Cari Sekendur
Art Director, LMNOP Creative

Alexandra Menzies
Freelance Graphic Designer

Tim Jones
Brand Experience Director, venturethree

Carla Scotto
Freelance Graphic Designer

Meg Walker
Designer, Milkshake

Christina Capetola
Designer at Wayfair

Louise Hamer
Design Lead, We Are Empire

Ina Estrada
Founder, Par Vous Designs

Chrystal Christie
Photographer/Graphic Designer, One Round Entertainment

Ulrika Johnson
Designer, Fantasia Accessories

Sam Jacobs
Senior Designer, Time Inc.

Sean Raynor
Designer, Watermark Studio

Irina Manning
UX Designer, Manning Labs

Margherita Baldi
Freelance Visual Designer

Henriette van Baren
Graphic Designer, ABC Carpet & Home

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