Oxley College student selected for post-HSC showcase

Zoe Binder with her charcoal portait. Photo supplied

Zoe Binder with her charcoal portait. Photo supplied

Zoe Binder's design and technology major work. Photo supplied

Zoe Binder's design and technology major work. Photo supplied

TO be nominated for one post-HSC showcase is an exceptional achievement.

To be nominated for two is almost unheard of, but for 17-year-old Oxley College student Zoe Binder it's a reality.

Zoe will showcase her two unique major works in Art Express and Design Tech.

Her art major work is a couplet of charcoal drawings that represents her grandparents' relationship.

"One piece is of my grandparents and the other is their hands crossed with their wedding rings showing to symbolise their love," Zoe said.

The two drawings took more than 100 hours, but Zoe said it was worth the work.

"They've been together since they were really young and my idea was fairly simple," she said.

"I wanted to honestly capture their love."

Her design and technology major work tackled the far more severe subject of ocean conservation.

"I made three bikinis, but the whole message is of the oceanic conservation awareness campaign and highlighting the big issue of marine debris in Australian waters," Zoe said.

"I made the print as well, which was a series of watercolour paintings on the outside.

"The bikinis are reversible and the inside is a bubble wrap print, so it's literally on the flip side.

"It is the rubbish underneath the water."

Zoe's project was accompanied by an 80 page portfolio where she detailed a proposed social media campaign, including Instagram.

Moving forward, Zoe hopes to go to the University of Technology Sydney or the University of Canberra to study design.

"Art is always going to have a place in my life, whether it's as a job or a hobby, it will always be present," she said.

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