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Canberra-inspired keepsakes with a CIT creative stamp

Published: 18 Apr 2019

Hard work has paid off for the Graphic Design students trading their Canberra-inspired Wags & Star Creative Designs at the Old Bus Depot Markets (OBDM). They are getting a taste of the real business world and learning from the experience.

Busy mums and full-time second year Graphic Design students Tammy and Ebony combined efforts and talent to compete in the OBDM Student Program in partnership with CIT.

After completing a rigorous application process, their proposal, selected among 25 submissions, gave them the opportunity to become stallholders at the OBDM for a span of 12 weeks.

Tammy and Ebony were elated about their selection. "We have developed a creative partnership and have become good friends. By working together we're learning about trading in local markets from people who are more experienced and have already taken those initial steps," Tammy said.

The partnership between the OBDM and CIT supports the students' entrepreneurial spirit, allowing them to expand their network and promote their products and designs in a real business setting.

"We are fortunate to have a strong support network including our teachers and the team at the Old Bus Depot Markets," Ebony said.

Ebony says the mentorship through the program in business development, marketing and social media has allowed her to expand her vision to pursue her business objectives after she earns her diploma in June.

Wags & Star Creative Designs products feature recognisable Canberra landmarks, making it possible to own a bespoke designed Canberra memento. The parliament buildings, as well as some of the city's other main attractions are displayed in hand printed tea towels and tote bags.

Coffee mugs as well as framed and unframed prints display the unique ACT landscape including hot air balloons, light rail and Telstra Tower. Some items in the collection even hold Canberra's floral emblem, the Royal Bluebell.

Details: Old Bus Depot Markets, Wags & Star Creative Designs stall, Sundays through to 26 May, 10.00am - 4.00pm.

Find out more about studying Graphic Design at CIT.