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Blank Canvas Tees: Meet the Designers

Earlier this year Jeanswest launched the 2017 Blank Canvas competition, where budding designers were asked to showcase their talent by designing a tee, based on the theme ‘What does Australia mean to you?’.

We’re super excited to introduce this years Blank Canvas tees, and in celebration of their arrival we caught up with each of the four winners to discuss the inspiration behind their designs, career goals and what Australia means to them.

JGMeet Jessica, she is currently in her fourth year studying a Bachelor of Fashion (Design) and finishing her honours project. When Jessica gets a break from working on her honours project she enjoys drawing, drinking coffee and visiting her family in rural Tasmania. Check out her work @surrealdisco and purchase her tee here!

What motivated you to study design?
When I was younger I always said I wanted to be an artist when I grew up and this never really changed but rather merged into a love for fashion design. Design is a way for me to express my interests, concerns and feelings about the world around me. I don’t know how I’d ever be able to relax without some sort of creative output.

Do you have any thoughts on what career you may want to pursue following your studies?
During my fourth year of study at RMIT, I have been pushed to try everything and experiment in order to find my strengths. For me, this meant discovering a love for print through textile design. Following my studies, I would definitely like to continue in this area by first working for and learning from successful brands and then ultimately starting my own, print focused brand.

Does entering and winning industry related competitions such as this, help you on your journey? What attracted you to the Blank Canvas competition?
This competition was my first experience having one of my own designs produced in a commercial setting and I have so much admiration for Jeanswest for providing this platform for young and emerging designers. I was drawn to the Blank Canvas Competition as well because it allowed complete artistic freedom to respond to the theme with our own individual message and aesthetic. This meant that we were able to put ourselves and our design into the world for the first time in a way that showed who we are and how we want to be viewed as future designers.


GT1Meet Griea, she’s studying a Bachelor of Communication Design at Monash. When Griea isn’t studying she enjoys riding her bike and reading too much into the Twin Peaks episodes. Check out her work @griea_ and purchase her tee here!

What motivated you to study design?
Melbourne is such an inspiring city to live in, there is so much happening here that showed me how diverse I can be creatively and that really motivated me to return to study a course that was going to be broad like the industry is.

Do you have any thoughts on what career you may want to pursue following your studies?
I change my mind so often because I keep finding new areas I enjoy but at the moment I’m thinking about printing and illustration.

Does entering and winning industry related competitions such as this, help you on your journey? What attracted you to the Blank Canvas competition?
Competitions like this are really helpful because it forces you to look at the brief from another angle, consider your own work and have a bit of faith in yourself. What attracted me to this competition was the theme “What does Australia mean to you?” as it was a generous theme with room to be meaningful.


Jess-carMeet Jess, she is one third of the way through a Bachelor of Arts (Textile Design) degree at RMIT. Jess loves to chase the sun and hang upside down on her aerial silk in her spare time and is inspired most when she is outside being active. Check out her work @jesscarrubba and purchase her tee here!

What motivated you to study design?
I chose design because without it, well…there’s a lot that wouldn’t exist. I love the beauty of workshopping an idea, and then seeing it come to life. I’m also extremely passionate about challenging the mind and channeling creativity to present fresh solutions.

Do you have any thoughts on what career you may want to pursue following your studies?
I love the fashion and fabric world. We can change attitudes, facilitate experience and do what we do successfully without hurting the earth. In future I would love to closely follow a pathway linked to sustainability and printed textiles.

Does entering and winning industry related competitions such as this, help you on your journey? What attracted you to the Blank Canvas competition?
This collaboration has provided invaluable insight into the working industry as well as better exposure than any first year student could imagine. The open brief allowed plenty of creative scope, as well as personal style to shine through. The possibility of experiencing your design in professional, tangible form is completely enticing; it’s the high that all designers strive and work for!


MatesIMeet Phoebe, a student from Swinburne, in her second year studying Communication Design. When Phoebe isn’t studying, she loves painting, watching movies and hanging with her mates. Purchase Phoebe’s tee here!

What motivated you to study design?
I originally started studying fine arts, but slowly drifted into studying design. I guess I’m attracted to the creative freedom of Communication, and it has been a lot of fun turning a creative passion into my future career.

Do you have any thoughts on what career you may want to pursue following your studies?
I haven’t fully decided what career direction I’m going to take after finishing my studies, but as long as it’s creative then i’ll love it.

Does entering and winning industry related competitions such as this, help you on your journey? What attracted you to the Blank Canvas competition?
Entering and winning these competitions definitely helps with future career endeavours. It provides you with design brief experience, and is a wonderful thing to add to your portfolio. I entered because it was a great opportunity to publicly showcase my work, and to work with a respected Australian brand.

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Shop the Blank Canvas range online and in selected stores, find your nearest store here!

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