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2017 DIA Australian Graduate of the Year Awards

The Design Institute of Australia (DIA) has announced the winners of the 2017 Australian Graduate of the Year Awards. Sahra Martin, Swinburne University of Technology, was awarded the Madeline Lester Excellence Award for her “sophisticated” and “striking” work that “demonstrated an understanding of form beyond the 2D.” Martin also took home the Visual Communication Award.

Interior Design / Decoration Award-winner Briony Knowles, Queensland University of Technology, was lauded as a graduate “that you know you could employ and meld and develop.”

Cassie Hewett, Sydney TAFE, won the Fashion and Textile Design Award, with the jury noting a ”Blade Runner aspect” to her submission.

Greta Saggus, University of NSW, won the Industrial Design Award for a submission that included a concept for recyclable packaging that the jury called “innovative idea with sustainable backing.”

Jewellery and Object Design Award-winner Amelia Marks was praised for her “uniquely detailed” proposal for a range of jewellery inspired by prickly pears.

The winners of the 2017 DIA Graduate of the Year awards are:

Sahra Martin, Swinburne University of Technology.

Sahra Martin, Swinburne University of Technology.

Image: Daniella Casamento

Madeline Lester Excellence Award

Sahra Martin, Swinburne University of Technology

Interior Design / Decoration Award

Briony Knowles, Queensland University of Technology

Visual Communications Award

Sahra Martin, Swinburne University of Technology

Fashion and Textile Award

Cassie Hewitt, Sydney TAFE

Industrial Design Award

Greta Saggus, University of NSW

Jewellery and Object Design Award

Amelia Marks, Melbourne Polytechnic

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