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This article was contributed by the Institute of Technical Education (ITE).
The Christmas season has rolled around, and the streets are adorned with bright lights and sparkling decorations. None of these shine brighter for Nurul Atirah Bte Mohamed than the Christmas décor at Wisma Atria, which is the result of her design and hard work.
Atirah was one of 108 Higher Nitec in Visual Merchandising students who had the opportunity to create design proposals for Wisma Atria’s Christmas décor this year, under a collaboration between ITE and Wisma Atria which started in 2021. They were given a working theme, “Festive Art Meets Futurism”, to develop their designs.
Atirah’s proposal – which combined elements of fantasy and futurism – was selected by Wisma Atria as this year’s winning design. In conceptualising her design, she drew inspiration from images of the Avatar film.
For Atirah, the experience has felt like a roller-coaster ride.
“This was my first time working on a real-world design project. It was a new but exciting experience. I faced some difficulties along the way, especially in finding materials to assemble a mock-up of my design. I learned to step out of my comfort zone, and think out of the box to overcome these challenges.”
As an aspiring designer, emerging with the winning design has also boosted Atirah’s confidence.
“Having my work on public display is beyond my wildest dreams. Achieving that has given me greater self-belief. It feels really amazing to see my design come to life and displayed for everyone to view this Christmas season.”