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Shillington gives you the technical ability to bring your ideas to reality.
Founder, St Clement Creative
You were already a university-trained designer. Why did you decide to study at Shillington?
I felt my technical skills in the Adobe Suite could be stronger and faster. I learnt a lot about the creative industry at university and where design sits in the field, but wanted to take the time to specialise in the profession.
How did Shillington kickstart your creative career?
Shillington helped me upscale my skills in Graphic Design. It taught me the technical skills needed to go freelance and create my business while helping me gain the confidence I needed in a profession I absolutely love!
What do you love about running your own freelance studio?
I love that each day I can make it what I want and make no two days the same. The small freedoms of starting an hour later or working in different locations is a real luxury. It comes with a lot of new challenges, (finding creatively open and well paying clients #1) but I feel it’s giving me more freedom to explore my style and what type of projects I enjoy. I have been fortunate enough to work on two books for Dr Libby in the last year which has allowed me to develop initial concepts and moodboards, style photoshoots from Byron Bay to Vielle Branche in Brisbane, work on custom illustrations and see 300 designed and pages printed in my local book shop! I love the mix of work and the chance to make my own path.
Before becoming a full-time freelancer, you were a Digital Designer at Lorna Jane. How did you land that gig, and what was it like to work there?
My brother found the job on Seek and I sent through a digital PDF of my work. It really showed my personality and included how I Move, Nourish, Believe everyday. I think I said for Move—impromptu dancing around the office. Maybe that’s what got their attention! I designed my folio to look similar to the Lorna Jane look book to show them I understood the brand. It was a crazy, busy, fast, chatty and bursting with mood boards on every surface. I never really knew what the day will bring with new projects being started every moment! The best thing was working in an office full of such driven, talented women.
What’s your advice for someone considering studying at Shillington?
Shillington gives you the technical ability to bring your ideas to reality. My advice would be to throw yourself into it and try everything that comes to mind. Even if you’re not sure where you want to take it, the skills and design thinking are so transferable and valuable for the creative industry.