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2nd of March 2015

Lakes Grammar graduate Holly Darge has her HSC Major Project on display at the Powerhouse Museum as part of DesignTECH 2014. This annual exhibition highlights outstanding projects by students of the NSW HSC Design and Technology course. This is an enormous achievement for Holly who commenced at Lakes Grammar in Year 11 having never studied Design and Technology as an elective at her previous school.


She showed promise very early on with her first design project, an art deco inspired silver ring. This project demonstrated Holly’s ability to focus and work with complex materials. It also showcased her attention to detail. These skills would certainly be tested as she embraced her future design projects. 


Her minor Design Project in Year 11 was a lamp shade made from garden wood chips again demonstrating a level of patience as she sifted through garbage bags full of woodchips to find the right shapes and colours. The project was good, but also flawed, as the lamp shade warped when it over heated. This provided an important lesson on testing and evaluating. Her use of recycled materials led her to better understand and appreciate the earth’s natural resources and the benefits of using sustainable materials.


One of the hardest aspects of the Major Design Project for HSC students is identifying a need. After weeks of researching and idea generation with her peers, Holly found interest in Accoustic Diffusing Panels. These are panels that change the angle that sound waves reflect off walls. Square rooms with straight walls bounce sound waves in the same direction, this causes reverberation or echo in a room. By placing a panel that has a variety of angles, the sound waves will bounce around in different directions and the echo is removed. There are a variety of acoustic diffusing systems used in recording studios and theatres.


Holly saw an opportunity to create a portable foldable wall panel inspired from origami which could be used in a home recording studio. She researched a variety of suitable materials and manufacturing techniques that led to a simple collapsible triangular pyramid. She went on to produce many multiples of these pyramids that can be folded and stored in a box. Each pyramid has a magnetic base that allows the user to place them on white boards. Holly also discovered that magnetic paint could be used to hold the triangles to standard gyprock walls. This allows the user to create their own personal acoustic recording room.


Holly has been accepted into one of Australia’s best design universities, The University of Technology Sydney to study Integrated Product Design. Holly has chosen to defer her course this year and spend time travelling.


“I am very proud of Holly. Her concept appears simple yet it is ingenious. A project such as this requires much careful planning and perseverance. I congratulate Holly and her teacher, Greg Sewell. I wonder what inventions of Holly’s we’ll see in the future?” said Mr Hannah, Principal.”


Holly Darge’s Major Project was the feature artwork used by the Powerhouse Museum on the promotional material for DesignTECH 2014 which again is testament to Holly’s wonderful achievement.

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