Shillito Design School: Australian Colour Education in The '70s

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Eva Fay Colour, Mar 6, 2021 - Color - 59 pages
This book showcases the work of Australian colour designer, educator and artist, Eva Fay, produced during her time at the Shillito Design School in Sydney, Australia 1976-1977, and includes key strategies for understanding colour organisation, colour mixing, colour planning and application.It pays tribute to the immense contribution that the English educator and designer, Phyllis Shillito gave to the Australian design and art community. Her teaching at both the Shillito Design School (1962-1980) and at the National Art School in Sydney (1925-1960), had an enormous influence on numerous artists, designers, colourists, art and design teachers and heads of school. Shillito (1895-1980), originally from West Yorkshire, England, created a unique set of colour education principles based on her wealth of knowledge of colour and experience in design. Many of her students are scattered throughout the world making their mark in all endeavours of the design and art worlds.Eva used much of the knowledge gained at the Shillito Design School during this period to become a renowned Australian colour and design educator at the tertiary level in Sydney, and she co-founded the acclaimed School of Colour and Design in 1983 based partially on the teachings of Phyllis Shillito.This is an invaluable historical reference documenting the teaching of colour at one of Australia's most innovative design schools. It has 59 pages with approximately 85 colour illustrations.

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Award winning colour designer, educator and artist Eva Fay commenced her career in ceramics and weaving large textural wall hangings after studying art in Florence and Mexico City. Attending the Shillito Design School was the perfect basis to begin her foray into colour and design education, leading to teaching at the tertiary level in the departments of fine art, interior design, graphic design and architecture. "In my many years of teaching, I was determined to work out what was the best method to teach colour and design to students for each particular design discipline or fine art. What does a graphic designer require to learn compared with an interior designer or a craftsperson?"Eva designed many colour curricula many of which were developed from elements of the Shillito School colour curriculum. She was a frequent educator at universities and colleges and taught many workshops and seminars around Australia. In 1983 she co-founded the highly acclaimed School of Colour and Design in Sydney.Eva became drawn to the application of colour in the built environment and established her colour consultancy business Eva Fay Colour Design and together with her team she coloured many a building, interior and exterior, both residential and commercial throughout eastern Australia. In 1992 Eva won the National Dulux Australia Colour Award for excellence in architectural colour design in the Commercial Exterior category. She was invited onto the judging panel for the annual Dulux Colour Awards for the next 8 years. Her work has been published internationally: Color Consulting A survey of International Color Design by Harold Linton, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1991, and Color in Architecture, Design Methods for Buildings, Interiors and Urban Spaces by Harold Linton, McGraw-Hill, 1999.In 1986 Eva was a founding member of the Colour Society of Australia and in 2000 she was awarded Honorary Life Membership. She became a Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia in 2012.Today Eva is enjoying the journey of experimentation with colour in paintings and artworks.

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