If there was ever a year that required the problem-solving skills, creative energy and
resilience of IGS students, 2021 was that year. While this year has pushed the limits
of endurance and innovation across all areas of the IGS learning landscape, the Art
and Design student body are some of the most visible emblems of this strength. The
these online exhibitions demonstrate that 2021 cohort have worked with incredible
flexibility and dynamism to produce powerful major projects in Design and
Technology, Visual Arts and Textiles and Design.

Expressive, personal and reflective works were the outcome of nine months of
creative labour in Visual Arts. Despite the interrupted access to our specialist
studios, our students were resourceful and inspired in their ability to pivot and
reimagine aspects of their original artmaking concepts. In spite of, or perhaps
because of the unique circumstances of 2021, there was a tremendously positive
engagement with the HSC course. In many cases this saw students being
challenged to rethink, redevelop and redefine their bodies of work.

Creating artworks in a world recently compressed and compacted by the necessities
of wellbeing, our students became more acutely attuned to their immediate
surroundings. This was notably reflected in works that traversed the concept of
physical, mental and emotional territories. Places and spaces were explored via a
huge diversity of media; with students working in ceramics, filmmaking, drawing,
painting, printmaking, sculpture and photography. Each artmaking investigation was
sensitively realised and the student’s works were dramatically cathartic expressions
of freedom, in a time where freedoms have been so few.

The inspired pragmatists of our creative cohort are the Design and Technology
students; whose solution-oriented major projects are always driven by the desire to
innovate and improve. This year’s small but creative team of four, investigated
important issues, all with a focus on wellbeing or safety. One of the Major Design
Projects was a reimagined approach to desk design, with specific interest in aiding
students with ADHD. Another student explored the utilitarian, but potentially life-
saving realm of first-responder kits and bike safety features were road-tested in
another project. Bringing the outside world indoors was the very timely and
appropriate subject of one major project, with designer indoor planter boxes created
to enhance wellbeing for apartment-dwellers. Creative innovation is at the heart of all
Design and Technology and the 2021 cohort have worked to a very high standard
this year.

Our Textiles and Design students represent a company of creatives who work
somewhere in the space between Visual Arts and Design and Technology. Their
skill-base is technical, they are also highly creative and there is significant problem-
solving involved in all aspects of their practice. Exploring the world of fashion,
accessories and costumes, the Textiles and Design students have created incredible
pieces that draw inspiration from the classical, to breathe life into dramatic new
garments and accessories.

Every corner of the wearable landscape seems to have been explored this year, with
gowns, evening-wear, parkas and pants featuring in the creative production-line. The
quality of craftsmanship and the student’s painstaking attention to detail resulted in
high calibre textile products that suggest promising future careers for our IGS fashion
designers.

I congratulate all of our amazing HSC Art and Design students for 2021. They have
worked with incredible vigour and creativity throughout the most challenging of
years. I would also like to thank the 2021 HSC teachers Ms Ksenija Doic, Mr Mark
Devine and Ms Sandra Veljanovski for their hard work in guiding the students. Our
Art and Design Technicians play a vital role in assisting at this senior level and I
thank Ms Marisa Kiethanom and Mr Michael Bullingham for their help this year.

Please enjoy the 2021 Art and Design student works.