De La Salle Cronulla students feature their designs in Shape exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum

Into the wild: Claudia Rayer's design highlights the plight of endangered species. Picture: Kitty Beale
Into the wild: Claudia Rayer's design highlights the plight of endangered species. Picture: Kitty Beale

Shape, the annual exhibition that takes over the Powerhouse Museum next month, will feature the work of talented Sutherland Shire HSC graduates.

De La Salle Catholic College Cronulla's graduating class of 2018 received a record 15 nominations for HSC Design and Technology major work showcase, which opens on February 23.

Claudia Reyer’s mixed media project highlights the plight of endangered animals.

She designed a tutu, and choreographed and filmed a dance routine for its wearer to draw attention to habitat loss.

“My need meant something to me, and pushed me to design and create a project that would actually make a difference,” she said.

Classmate Mia Flokis designed ALLsome, an initiative to help primary school children with diverse needs feel socially included.

Social ties: Mia Flokis designed a school inclusion project. Picture: Kitty Beale

Social ties: Mia Flokis designed a school inclusion project. Picture: Kitty Beale

“My project has taught me about the real need for social inclusion initiatives in schools and just how willing children are to help children with diverse needs with the right guidance,” she said.

Teacher, Sara Gamsaragan, whose nine students were nominated, says she encourages her class to think outside the box.

“My passion is socially relevant design, so I encourage my students to watch news and current affairs to identify real needs in the world that they, as designers, can address,” she said.

“A lot of the students want to get in and they want to make something straight away. I have to pare that back and remind them that we have a design process to get through, to say their current vision for what that project should be is going to change because as you go through the design process it naturally will evolve.”

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