Rmit Student Wins National Textile Design Award

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RMIT student wins national textile design award

RMIT University student and Gladstone Park resident, Mariam Qazag, has been

awarded the 7th annual Dreamweaver Design Award, a prestigious national prize

that showcases the talents of young Australian textile designers.

The Dreamweaver Design Award is a woven textiles competition sponsored by

Warwick Fabrics for current design students and new graduates around Australia.

Ms Qazag was presented with the award last night at Warwick Fabrics’

Collingwood showroom.

Patricia Jones, Program Coordinator of Textile Design and Development at RMIT,

said the Dreamweaver Design Award competition gave students a great

opportunity to gain feedback from industry as well as work with manufacturers. 

“This is the only national award for woven textiles and aims to highlight the talents

of Australian textile designers, exposing them to the industry both here in Australia

and overseas,” Ms Jones said.

“Mariam has demonstrated excellence in design, ability and creativity, and this was

recognised by the panel of judges.”

The three award finalists – John Brooks, Carla Grbac and Mariam Qazag – were

all from RMIT’s Textile Design and Development TAFE program. 

As part of the competition brief, students design a range of fabrics that can be used

for commercial upholstery. 

The three finalists worked with the textile design team at Beaulieu Pacific in

Queensland, where they had their designs commercially woven. The final fabrics

were then used to upholster commercial furniture.

Owner and Managing Director of Warwick Fabrics, Max Warwick, said: “We have

some incredible design talent in Australia and it is my passion to highlight these

young designers and to potentially promote them on to the world stage.”

Ms Qazag will travel with the Warwick Fabrics team to Belgium in September next

year, where she will attend the world's largest international trade fair for fabrics and

furnishings, MoOD (formerly Decosit).

All airfares and accommodation are supplied by Warwick Fabrics, as part of her



For interviews: RMIT University’s Patricia Jones, Program Coordinator of

Textile Design and Development, (03) 9925 9159 or

For general media enquiries or photographs: RMIT University College of

Design and Social Context, Kelly Bosman, (03) 9925 5033 or 0424 031 565.


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