Knox young designers come to the fore

Several of Knox's most talented design students have their work displayed at the annual Top Designs exhibition at Melbourne Museum.

The exhibition, now in its 13th year, showcases the work of 108 of the state's best young emerging designers in areas of fashion, graphic design, robotics and more.

Like many others his age, Wantirna South resident Samuel Purdie has an unbridled love for video games. Luckily for him, Purdie was able to channel that passion into a VCE subject — visual communication and design.

The 18 year old designed a concept for a new video game and matching weapon on a computer using PhotoShop and a steady arm.

The completed artwork included an image of the high-tech gun, as well as the game's presentation case.

The idea would be for the gun to shoot a Venus fly trap that would then explode with dangerous wasps inside, Purdie said.

"My inspiration was thinking of different things that were aggressive, like animals or ice or plants. " he said. "I chose a wasp and then I thought of a Venus fly trap, so it was a fusion of the two ideas."

The former Waverley Christian College student's passion and finesse for design led him to study industrial design at Monash University this year.

Boronia's Elyse Garrett also felt honoured to be chosen out of 1900 applicants to display her year 12 food technology portfolio at the exhibition.

She marked the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster by creating a meal that suited the decade and the style of food on board the ship destined for tragedy. 

Garrett researched the era, designed the menu, cooked the food and photographed the whole process to create a detailed, 30-page folio.

The desserts she made were lime sorbet — which was cooked on the Titanic cruise — and a New York cheesecake to mark where to ship was meant to dock before that fateful day on April 15, 1912.

Garrett also discovered asparagus was a popular vegetable in that era. "During the research, I was amazed by the quantity of food on the ship — there was literally tonnes of food and there were 800 bundles of asparagus."

The Top Designs exhibition is on at the Melbourne Museum until June 30.

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