Tina Seib

Heritage in Hong Kong

Tina Seib

Open Colleges Student Studying the Certificate IV in Design (Specialising in Interior Decoration)

“For me the course is not really about a career path, more about personal growth and development. But who knows where it will lead, I keep all my options open!”

Online student Tina had an interesting start in interior design. She became part of a committee involved with a heritage building in Hong Kong that was undergoing major renovation and restoration in preparation for its centennial celebration next year.

“My degree in fine arts was helpful,” Tina explains, “but I wanted to have more knowledge of the fundamentals of interior design and architecture, particularly when dealing with architects, builders and engineers.”

“The interior design course the CUV40311 Certificate IV in Design (specialising in Interior Decoration) has been brilliant in that I have learned how to understand building plans, sectionals and elevations, awareness of work, health and safety, green initiatives and sustainable principles - just to mention a few of the aspects that have become important tools for me.”

1 What is your personal and career background?

There really isn’t much to tell! I had my first baby on my hip at my graduation from The City Art Institute. Raising a young family became my priority. We have spent the last 20 years between Sydney and Hong Kong. I studied alternative medicine and became an aroma therapist. I taught myself to type at an ‘employable’ level and helped my husband with his business and raising our family.

In 2006 I was invited to join an artists’ group and exhibited my paintings in Hong Kong. Recently I began redecorating apartments as a hobby and wish I had started property development earlier in my life! I have been fortunate to be on a number of committees and recently became the Chair of The Helena May.

The Helena May a unique club in that it continues its initiatives that were established nearly a hundred years ago. We focus on community outreach programs, environmental stewardship, heritage conservation and public service to the women and girls of Hong Kong. I absolutely love it, I work with a power house council of women. It’s a way to ‘give back’ to a city that has been good to me, and my family.

2 What elements of interior design and decoration excite you the most?

All of it! The whole creative process. And that is why this Open Colleges course is so interesting because it covers all aspects of design. I love the challenges of learning the new computer programs. I can’t tell you how good it feels to send off an assignment for marking, particularly when the Study Period challenges have felt overwhelming- such a sense of achievement!

Green initiatives and sustainable principles are very important in Hong Kong I understand what the debates are and how to implement practical and effective procedures, passive and active elements. And I enjoy the interactions with the tutors and the students on the forums.

3 What made you decide to “take the plunge” and start a course in design?

It was summer I saw an advertisement for Open Colleges and had been thinking of doing some study as my youngest son had just completed his HSC. And I thought- just go for it!

4 What are your career goals? How long will they take to achieve?

At the moment, the goal is to complete the course! It is a lot more work than I anticipated. For me the course is not really about a career path, more about personal growth and development. But who knows where it will lead, I keep all my options open!

My favourite two things to do at the moment- super chilled champagne with good friends and snorkelling. I recently learnt how to do it and I can’t get enough of it! I am constantly impressed with the high standard of work presented by the other students.

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