AN Invergordon student has designs on winning a global competition with her ingenious idea of upcycling old filing cabinets into makeup cabinets for beauticians.
Rachel Brown (21), a final year BA (Hons) Visual Communication and Design at Inverness College UHI, is preparing her final pitch after being shortlisted for the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) Student Design Awards.
She has designed and developed a business case for a new service to transform disused office furniture.
Rachel’s concept, dubbed “The Admyra Beautifiler”, converts redundant filing cabinets into beauty stations, and was submitted as part of her fourth year professional project.
Rachel said: “I feel excited that I have been chosen and delighted to have achieved such recognition from the judges.
“The Admyra Beautifiler has been created from filing cabinets that are no longer any use in the work place.
“They are transformed into beauty stations for makeup artists to use at home or in their beauty salons.
“The beautifiler is compact and can be stored away when not in use. It can also be customised to the need of the customer, and their own branding can be transferred onto the design via an online website.
“The Visual Communication and Design course relies heavily on self-motivation and self-directed study, which has allowed me to find and explore my creative niche.”
A globally renowned competition, the annual awards celebrate up-and-coming designers and focus on providing innovative, practical solutions to social problems.
One of seven shortlisted entries in the sustainability category, Rachel has presented her ideas to a panel of judges and will discover if she has been successful over the next few weeks – with a cash prize, paid industry placements and complementary RSA Fellowships amongst the rewards for winners.
Gill Berkeley, head of curriculum at the college, said: “It’s wonderful to see such recognition for the innovative and valuable ideas coming from the Visual Communication and Design course, testament to the hard work of Rachel and the support of her tutors and course leaders.
“Real-life projects are invaluable in helping to process concepts learned in the classroom.
“Providing opportunities like the RSA Student Design Awards helps to promote our students’ talents by offering an introduction into the creative industries, allowing them to identify their passions and pursue them upon graduation.”