Monday, November 1, 2010

Back to school...... Guest Speaker at ISCD

I had an interesting day today as I was a guest speaker at the International School of Colour and Design in North Sydney to a Surface Design class.

It was really nice to give my talk and to meet the lovely students. I was asked to talk about starting your own business and about my background and to pass on some tips and things I've learnt along the way as a Graphic Designer and business owner.

ISCD is such a nice school, it has such a relaxed and creative feel and peeping into the other studios I could see lots of great work and interesting looking projects going on. If you want to find out more about ISCD then check out their website here.

The way it came about was that I was asked by one of the lecturers at the school, Sharon Gage, to be a guest speaker.

Sharon got in contact with me after getting some prints for her home, which was photographed by House & Garden mag last week for an up and coming issue!

Sharon is really lovely and talented too! She is not only a teacher at ISCD but she is a Stylist and Colour Consultant as well. So look out for her in H&G mag and if you would like to get in contact with her for any colour consulting or styling work then let me know and I'll pass on her details to you!

Here are some pics that Sharon kindly took of my prints in her lovely home on the day of the shoot. Fingers crossed they get included in the mag.

Top image from here, image of Sharon from ISCD website, other images from Sharon

So yes, it was nice 'going back to school' today and I hope my talk was encouraging and inspiring for the students.

Hope you've had a great Monday,


  1. I'm sure your talk would have been wonderful Janette and very inspiring for the students. How great that your prints and your business led you to such an experience and how wonderful that Sharon's home with so many of your lovely prints is being featured in an upcoming mag. Hope you enjoy the rest of your day xx

  2. I bet you did a fantastic job are a media rockstar! I can't wait to start my ISCD course which I've deferred for the moment. Roll on February :)

  3. i'm sure you will did a great job.your prints looks amazing it Sharon's home, enjoy your evening lovelie xx

  4. You would have been such an inspiration to the students! I'm so excited about the H&G mag shoot. I'm sure some of your work will be included :)
    ps she has such a nice kitchen *sigh*

  5. What a great thrill for you! Can't wait to see if you make it to H&G. I had a look at the ISCD site and they offer external courses (distance education) as well. Very exciting.
    Have a lovely week. ;)Sharyne

  6. That's such a testament to you as successful businesswoman Janette - good on you! I'm sure the students gained so much from your talk, and I can't wait to see your gorgeous prints in H&G - you are so on a roll! Well done you :) xx

  7. What an honour for you to be a guest speaker! Truely deserved! I bet you passed on heaps of useful tips to the students. I will look out for the coverage in H&G and fingers crossed your prints are in some of the shots(with full credit)!
    X Briohny

  8. first time on your blog. wonderful! great thrill to be a guest speaker. I'm sure you've done a great job! Your prints are simply beautiful! greetings from Germany

  9. What lucky students to have heard you speak, Janette. I wish I had been in the crowd ☺. Looking forward to buying the H & G and the family rules look fab - I must get back to you about that some time this week! Oh, and you're too modest to mention your print's appearance on the influential Swiss Miss blog! You are having such a good run at the moment - well done! J x

  10. How exciting, I get emails from ISCD all the time about thier courses & I dream of being able to attend, I can only imagine how great it felt to be asked to be a guest speaker. Congratulations, its definately your time to shine!!!

  11. What can I say, ISCD students have great taste:) I am a former student myself and purchased a Bedtime Busroll Poster for a little boy's room late last year!

    Can't wait to see you in the upcoming magazine, Stephie x

  12. Very cool! I hope your prints are in the magazine!

  13. Janette, thank you for showcasing the beautiful Sharon Gage. She was my educator when I did the Diploma in Surface Design at iscd a couple of years ago. I did a little bit of teaching there last year also. Have recently been back in contact with her, but haven't caught up with her yet. So need to sit down and have a chat with her. I miss her smile...Terese


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