A dream comes true for TAFE Queensland Interior Design Student

Two years ago Garnet Evans didn’t know what his future would hold. Like many teenagers finishing school, he was not sure what he wanted to do next. So he did what most people dream of doing, he moved to the Gold Coast.

After much sun, sand and surf, he decided to enrol in the Diploma of Interior Design at TAFE Queensland. Two weeks into his course, Garnet knew he had made the right choice. Garnet worked hard and really tried to soak up as much knowledge from his teachers as he could.

It didn’t take long before people started to notice him. TAFE Queensland – Gold Coast Region Interior Design teacher, Yvette Switalas, saw his natural talent and wanted to steer him in the right direction. Yvette took it upon herself to find work placement for Garnet and helped him secure a part time job with Beaumont Tiles as an Interior Designer working with building companies and commercial clients mocking up concepts and helping them bring their dreams to life.

Earlier last month The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) briefed students with the task of designing the salon for the Athletes Village – one that features Massage, Manicure and Pedicure, Microdermabrasion, Lash Tinting and Brow Styling spaces.

Five finalist groups were shortlisted, with Garnet being amongst them. He and his fellow contestants were required to present their concepts to a panel of experts. When the two winners were announced and one of them was Garnet, he couldn’t believe it.

Garnet said the opportunity for students to participate in the creation and development of a space within the Games Village as part of their course curriculum was invaluable.

“Live project experiences such as the Hair and Beauty Salon provide a learning atmosphere that integrates classroom teachings with a hands-on approach,” said Garnet.

“The quality of teaching and course content prepared us with the skills and knowledge needed to complete this large scale project.”

Lendlease will now complete Salon XXI’s build and create a home away from home for athletes.


  • Reply March 15, 2018

    Missy Higgins

    Wow how amazing

  • Reply March 15, 2018

    Missy Higgins

    Wow how amazing that’s so cool
    Congrats Garnet

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