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Turning inspirations into reality

With furniture design a field of strong creativity, it's no surprise that those involved are often willing to step out of their comfort zone to achieve their goals. For ambition usually requires a bit of dare.

Furniture student Carolyn Bonanni understands that nothing good comes to those who wait for inspiration. Since enrolling with Holmesglen, she has made the most of the chance to turn her designs into creations.

"There are times when I have all these ideas in my head and struggle with how to connect them into a cohesive design.  This past year I've really learned to think through a design from start to finish and not rush the design process," Carolyn says.

Having moved to Melbourne from New York, Carolyn has since developed this spark in the Holmesglen workshop. Fittingly, she has seen this effort translate into results. She recently participated in the Fringe Furniture competition, as part of Fringe Festival. Equally, she received a mentor spot within the program.

"The mentorship has been a really great opportunity to speak with a variety of professionals in the industry.  I am still very new to this field and trying to make a career change and have found the mentor session to be an invaluable source of information and advice."

It has been a productive year for Carolyn, having also had a furniture piece exhibited at Brisbane's Australian Furniture Association Design Awards. Moreover, she has also provided an entry in online design competition, Dangerous Designs.

"Carolyn is a fantastic student, who is really hard working and very passionate about furniture design," Holmesglen Furniture Teacher Chris Beck observes.

Importantly, on-campus life has also presented further opportunity for Carolyn to develop her skills. Her peers have also achieved significant success within the field. Classmates Carolina Trombelli and Freddy Mata Mendoza won the People's Choice prize at the Australian Contemporary Emerging Design Awards in 2016.

"There's a great collaboration and dialogue between all of us, which I find to be a big source of inspiration.  It's really helpful to bounce ideas off one another, especially when trying to work through a design problem," Carolyn explains.

The move from home, particularly with the move involving relocating to a new country, has proved "refreshing" for Carolyn. The change of pace has continued to grow her inspiration, which is reflected in her subsequent designs. Additionally, Holmesglen has provided a welcoming environment that has helped her grow both personally and professionally. "The facilities in the workshop are really great and I just look forward to coming in to class every day."

While the journey is just at its infancy for Carolyn, the aim is to one day run her own small business. In the meantime, the focus is about immersing herself in the industry.

"Inspiration is everywhere and an important thing is to always keep exploring."

All information is correct at the time of printing but subject to change.

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