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What is Holistic Interior Design

During the last ten years, there has been a dramatic change in attitude to Interior Design that has been less of a fashion statement than a  ‘state of mind’. This new way of looking at interior space has been spurred on by the big changes that are occurring in our lifestyle as well as the growing environmental movement.

Lets face it eco-design is here to stay as the world’s natural resources dry up and the stresses of modern living are not going away. Most of the attention regarding the creation of eco-friendly and sustainable buildings is concerned with the fabric of the building but interiors design is lagging behind. The reason for this is that many interior architects and also the public think an eco-interior is going to be ugly, uncomfortable and unfashionable. In fact a lot of people think they don’t have the skills or training to make their home more environmentally friendly but I am sure this eco-home resource website will help both individuals and designers to source beautiful, natural and inspirational objects, furniture, furnishings and paints for their eco-interiors.



There are  now not many areas of our life over which we have control and so our homes have become an important means of self-expression and provide us with a sanctuary where we can relax and be ourselves away from the stresses of the world. I think that the desire to lead a more relaxed, simple lifestyle and create a personal haven where natural elements are used both in the inside and outside in a natural flow.

For the last fifteen years I have been involved in providing international training courses in eco-design and holistic design subjects at the Holistic Design Institute. Our students come from many backgrounds and disciplines, but all are interested in creating healthy and life-supporting spaces both at home and at work. The more time we spend indoors the more these places play a pivotal role in our health and well-being. It is now common knowledge that our immediate environment dramatically affects our behaviour, moods and health and this changing awareness has meant that expectations of  clients in both the private and commercial sector has radically altered. Responding to the changing demands has been a slow process but one which is gaining momentum. Planners, architects and interior designers are now coming to realise that their designs need to be less of a personal statement and much more in tune with the health and needs of the occupants using the space.

Running alongside this more caring role, designers are having to become much more responsible in the choice of materials which they specify. It has been our aim at the Holistic Design Institute to offer extended and specialist training in areas of design which traditional interior design schools ignore. We are living in a world of limited resources and this changing world should be reflected in design training. Much more energy needs to be put into the use of environmentally friendly materials and the development of natural paints. The fabric industry is one of the chief pollutants of  ground water and it is up to designers to lead the way in finding organic materials and fabrics which without chemical finishes. We also need to question the origins of  hardwoods from suspect sources more thoroughly. With the global village there is no excuse for us not to use furniture made from bamboo, rattan and other renewable resources.



A comfortable and relaxed atmosphere of an interior or exterior space is not just created by focusing on the hard objects and materials but by other subtle elements, such as natural light, air, colour, sound and aroma. These aspects of design are more important than many designers realise. Most people would agree that a building without ‘soul’ no matter how well-designed or expensive never fulfils its potential and is not a place where one wants to be. I am sure you can think of several such buildings in the town or city where you live. By changing the subtle environment  we can re-discover what we already have and realise its potential without always having to move or create new buildings. There is definitely a growing interest in this important area of interior design and many designers are paying more attention to the subtle atmosphere they are creating.

These ideas about design and the changing role of the home are not just limited to the UK and I am proud to report that our school has students in over 35 countries – in every continent. I am often invited to give lectures and workshops and recently  returned from a successful lecture tour of South Africa, sponsored by a large paint company and magazine group. The enthusiastic response from architects, designers and individuals interested in a more sustainable lifestyle and caring approach to building was overwhelming.

It seems that people everywhere just need to know they are not working alone and that they are supported by an international holistic design movement. Fortunately this year sees the launch of the International Association for Holistic Design, which I am sure will work closely with the Ecological Design Association in furthering the aims of  environmental design. I am honoured to have been asked to sit on the international board and it is hoped that the interactive website will soon be up and running and will offer the opportunity to share experience and information.



On a more personal note, I am am lucky enough to be involved in one of two special design projects each year.  For example, I was able to act as a consultant to a prestigious house development company who were creating a village-style cluster housing scheme on a golf course.  Unlike many other similar developments they were also enhancing the local environment  by the creation of lakes, wild-life areas and by planting trees. It was their aim to make attractive houses of low environmental impact and so they had based their designs on traditional vernacular and local materials. Inside the homes they wanted to continue the idea of a relaxed modern living and so they asked whether they could illustrate this by designing their showhome around the ideas from my latest book HOME HARMONY – in which I used the five natural elements of earth, fire, water, wood and metal to create harmonious home. I was most impressed with the result and the feedback has been excellent. The best compliment came from some visitors who actually relaxed on the sofas and chairs and said that it was the first show home they could actually feel comfortable living in!

The lesson from this is that we should all take heart that the idea of healthy and natural living has definitely permeated into the mainstream. Although there is a long way to go, I firmly believe that the continued demand from the grass roots level plus the  hard work and  commitment of all eco-designers is responsible for break-through of this type into more the conventional building market. Let us hope that more and more people take up this challenge and discover the joy and rewards of creating and living in a holistic home.  Let us lead by example!!

Suzy Chiazzari offers email training courses in Holistic Interior Design and Colour Therapeutics for Interiors through the Holistic Design Institute leading to an International Diploma.


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NEW! Beauty courses at College SA!


The beauty therapy industry is bigger and more diverse than ever, and since it is so closely related to hairdressing and fashion, the opportunities in this field are endless! The demand for courses in beauty therapy has also grown considerably, so we are constantly upgrading the courses in our School of Beauty Studies.

College SA already offers both a Certificate and a Diploma course in Beauty Therapy, and we are proud to launch the newest course in this school: the College SA Certificate in Brow and Lash Services!

As many entrepreneurs pursue business opportunities in this market, the demand for qualified beauty therapists is growing by the day. Getting a qualification in this field gives you the freedom to work wherever you want. You can be doing your job while cruising around the world on a luxury liner or working on the set of a movie scene. If you are very driven, you can even run your own beauty salon. Your options are endless!





When you enrol for either

the College SA Certificate in Beauty Therapy or the College SA Diploma in Beauty Therapy,

you will receive the following items that will add value to your studies:

When you enrol for our NEW

College SA Certificate in Brow and Lash Services, you will receive the following items that will add value to your studies:

  • Welcome pack with College Kit items
  • Motivational Audio CD: Tactics for Winning by Ian Mann
  • The most up to date text books and study guides.
  • The Beauty Therapy Kit. This includes:
    • College SA drawstring bag
    • Mask brush
    • Sponges
    • Finger cots
    • Cuticle pusher
    • Cuticle nipper
    • White buffing block
    • 3-sided buffer
    • Foot file
    • Nail file
    • Toe separator
    • Disposable spatual
    • Saloncare make-up remover
    • Saloncare cleanser gel
    • Saloncare cleanser cream
    • Saloncare facial scrub
    • Saloncare toner
    • Saloncare moisturiser
    • Saloncare facial massage cream
    • Saloncare facial mask
    • Saloncare hand and foot soak
    • Saloncare manicure/pedicure mask
    • Saloncare foot balm
    • Saloncare manicure/pedicure massage cream
    • Saloncare foot exfoliator
    • Saloncare cuticle remover
    • Saloncare cuticle oil
    • Cutex top coat
    • Cutex base coat
    • Nail enamel – French colours
    • Nail enamel – Colour
  • Welcome pack with College Kit items
  • Motivational Audio CD: Tactics for Winning by Ian Mann
  • The most up to date text books and study guides. This includes:
    • Introduction to Business English by Y. Farham
    • Introduction to Business English Study Guide
    • English Handbook and Study Guide by B. Lutrin and M. Pincus
    • Entrepreneurship and How to Establish Your Own     Business by J. Strydom
    • Beauty Studies: Entrepreneurship Study Guide 1
    • Beauty Studies: Entrepreneurship Study Guide 2
    • Beauty Studies: Entrepreneurship Study Guide 3
    • Introduction to Beauty: Brow and Lash Services Workbook
    • The Beauty Brow and Lash Kit. This includes:
      • Artificial lash kit
      • Tweezers
      • Lash and Brow Tint
      • Brow brush
      • Headband






We hope that you are just as excited as us about these courses as we are! We want to offer our students only the best, so we are constantly upgrading and revising our course content.

If you are interested in finding out more about what we offer at College SA, please feel free to visit company profile and courses – Click Here.

We wish you all of the best with your future studies!

Warmest regards,
Jan Badenhorst
(College Principal)


Is Fashion Design a Career for You

Where there is an interest, talent usually follows.

If you are just out of school, or in an existing job wanting a change, becoming a fashion designer through CRE Fashion Design School can become one of the most rewarding career opportunities for you.

The fashion designer profession has recently emerged as one of the most sought out careers among both young adults and people looking for a mid-career change.

So how do you know if you have what it takes?

Firstly, you should have a creative flare and be artistic. If you have design ideas and a certain vision of style you are definitely on the right path.  We will teach you to express your ideas through Fashion illustrations and plan the production of garments through Technical drawings. In depth study of History of Costume, Textiles theory, Pattern making and Garment construction follow.

As a designer you don’t have to be a fine artist, but a visionary who is able to work with shape, colour and detail.  If you have the visual imagination and the ability to think in three-dimensions to translate into garments, we will teach you everything else.

Certain students are more technical minded and they usually exceed in Pattern making, Garment construction and Business in general.

You should also be fashion conscious and must be aware of market requirements. In order to have an international perspective, you can read international fashion journals and books on history and art.

Lastly, as a designer you should be a good communicator who is able to work with people – clients, suppliers, clothing factories, media etc.

Of course, while raw talent is important, equally important is tuning your creativity into a set of skills that are both marketable and professional.  CRE Fashion design school’s various programs help you achieve that.

Note that apart from Fashion designer other career opportunities include Art director, Fashion brand manager, General manager of a fashion company, Retail manager, Retail General manager, Fashion stylist, Fashion Journalist etc.


If you wish to see how CRE Fashion design school’s online fashion distance programs will get you on the road to a lucrative career in fashion design, send 1 sample Fashion design illustration to info@studyfashiononline.com in JPEG / GIF or PNG format (maximum size per picture: 250Kb), along with your Skype address.

This drawing does not have to be perfect Fashion illustration or Technical drawing – just your own creative expression of a design idea.

A tutor will contact you and provide you with a 30 minute free evaluation of your drawings, and give you an honest opinion of whether you have what it takes to be a fashion designer.  The tutor will also answer any questions you have about a fashion design career and the programs offered by CRE Fashion design school.

Discover your unique talent, develop your signature style and launch your fashion design career today!


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Modeling Career

Significant Points

* Despite faster than average growth, keen competition is expected for modeling jobs.
* Most jobs are part time or have variable work schedules, and many jobs require frequent travel.
* Formal training is limited and education beyond high school usually is not required.

Nature of the Work

Models create public interest in buying products such as clothing, cosmetics, food, and housewares. The information they provide helps consumers make choices among the wide variety of products and services they can buy.

Models pose for photos, paintings, or sculptures. They display clothing such as dresses, coats, underclothing, swimwear, and suits, for a variety of audiences and in various types of media. They model accessories, such as handbags, shoes, and jewelry, and promote beauty products, including fragrances and cosmetics. The most successful models, called supermodels, hold celebrity status and often use their image to sell books, calendars, fitness videos, and other products. In addition to modeling, they may appear in movies and television shows.

Models appear in printed publications, at live modeling events, and on television to advertise and promote products and services. Most modeling jobs are for printed publications, and models usually do a combination of editorial, commercial, and catalog work. Editorial print modeling uses still photographs of models for fashion magazine covers and to accompany feature articles. Commercial print modeling includes work for advertisements in magazines, newspapers, and billboards. Models advertise merchandise and appear in department-store catalogs, mail-order catalogs, and on the Internet.

During a photo shoot, a model poses to demonstrate the features of clothing and other products. Models make small changes in posture and facial expression to capture the look desired by the client. Photographers instruct models to pose in certain positions and to interact with their physical surroundings. Models work closely with photographers, hair and clothing stylists, makeup artists, and clients to produce the desired look and to finish the photo shoot on schedule. Stylists and makeup artists prepare the model for the photo shoot, provide touchups, and change the look of models throughout the day. If stylists are not provided, models must apply their own makeup and bring their own clothing.

Live modeling is done in a variety of locations. Live models stand, turn, and walk to demonstrate clothing to a variety of audiences. At fashion shows and in showrooms, garment buyers are the primary audience. Runway models display clothes that are intended for direct sale to consumers or are the artistic expressions of the designer. High fashion, or haute couture, runway models walk a runway before an audience of photographers, journalists, designers, and garment buyers. Live modeling also is done in apparel marts, department stores, and fitting rooms of clothing designers. In retail establishments, models display clothing directly for shoppers and may be required to describe the features and prices of the clothing. Other models pose for sketch artists, painters, and sculptors.

Because advertisers often need to target specific segments of the population, models may specialize in a certain area. For example, petite and plus-size fashions are modeled by women whose size is smaller or larger than that worn by the typical model. Models who are disabled may be used to model fashions or products for disabled consumers. “Parts” models have a body part, such as a hand or foot, which is particularly well suited to model products such as fingernail polish or shoes.

Almost all models work through agents who provide a link between models and clients. Agents scout for new faces, advise and train new models, and promote them to clients. Clients pay models, and the agency receives a portion of the model’s earnings for its services. A typical modeling job lasts only 1 day, so modeling agencies differ from other employment agencies in that they maintain an ongoing relationship with the model.

With the help of agents, models spend a considerable amount of time promoting and developing themselves. Models assemble and maintain portfolios, print composite cards, and travel to check out potential clients, or “go-sees.” A portfolio is a collection of a model’s previous work that is carried to all go-sees and bookings. A composite card contains the best photographs from a model’s portfolio, along with his or her measurements. Increasingly, composite cards are being sent electronically to clients and printed portfolios are being replaced with digital portfolios.

Models must gather information before a job. From an agent, they learn the pay, date, time, and length of the shoot. Also, models need to ask if hair, makeup, and clothing stylists will be provided. It is helpful for models to know what product is being promoted and what image they should project. Some models research the client and the product being modeled to prepare for a shoot. Once a job is completed, models must check in with their agency and plan for the next appointment.

Source: bls.gov, phombo.com, skyscrapercity.com, princessnyah.com, news.bbc.co.uk, malemodelscene.net, adglitz.com


Fashion Designers

Significant Points

* The highest numbers of fashion designers were employed in New York and California.
* Employers usually seek designers with a 2-year or 4-year degree who are knowledgeable about textiles, fabrics, ornamentation, and fashion trends.
* Keen competition for jobs is expected as many applicants are attracted to the creativity and glamour associated with the occupation.

Nature of the Work

Fashion designers help create the billions of dresses, suits, shoes, and other clothing and accessories purchased every year by consumers. Designers study fashion trends, sketch designs of clothing and accessories, select colors and fabrics, and oversee the final production of their designs. Clothing designers create and help produce men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel, including casual wear, suits, sportswear, formalwear, outerwear, maternity, and intimate apparel. Footwear designers help create and produce different styles of shoes and boots. Accessory designers help create and produce items such as handbags, belts, scarves, hats, hosiery, and eyewear, which add the finishing touches to an outfit.

Some fashion designers specialize in clothing, footwear, or accessory design, but others create designs in all three fashion categories.

The design process from initial design concept to final production takes between 18 and 24 months. The first step in creating a design is researching current fashion and making predictions of future trends. Some designers conduct their own research, while others rely on trend reports published by fashion industry trade groups. Trend reports indicate what styles, colors, and fabrics will be popular for a particular season in the future. Textile manufacturers use these trend reports to begin designing fabrics and patterns while fashion designers begin to sketch preliminary designs. Designers then visit manufacturers or trade shows to procure samples of fabrics and decide which fabrics to use with which designs.

Once designs and fabrics are chosen, a prototype of the article using cheaper materials is created and then tried on a model to see what adjustments to the design need to be made. This also helps designers to narrow their choices of designs to offer for sale. After the final adjustments and selections have been made, samples of the article using the actual materials are sewn and then marketed to clothing retailers. Many designs are shown at fashion and trade shows a few times a year. Retailers at the shows place orders for certain items, which are then manufactured and distributed to stores.

Computer-aided design (CAD) is increasingly being used in the fashion design industry. Although most designers initially sketch designs by hand, a growing number also translate these hand sketches to the computer. CAD allows designers to view designs of clothing on virtual models and in various colors and shapes, thus saving time by requiring fewer adjustments of prototypes and samples later.

Depending on the size of their design firm and their experience, fashion designers may have varying levels of involvement in different aspects of design and production. In large design firms, fashion designers often are the lead designers who are responsible for creating the designs, choosing the colors and fabrics, and overseeing technical designers who turn the designs into a final product. They are responsible for creating the prototypes and patterns and work with the manufacturers and suppliers during the production stages. Large design houses also employ their own patternmakers, tailors, and sewers who create the master patterns for the design and sew the prototypes and samples. Designers working in small firms, or those new to the job, usually perform most of the technical, patternmaking, and sewing tasks, in addition to designing the clothing.

Fashion designers working for apparel wholesalers or manufacturers create designs for the mass market. These designs are manufactured in various sizes and colors. A small number of high-fashion (haute couture) designers are self-employed and create custom designs for individual clients, usually at very high prices. Other high-fashion designers sell their designs in their own retail stores or cater to specialty stores or high-fashion department stores. These designers create a mixture of original garments and those that follow established fashion trends.

Some fashion designers specialize in costume design for performing arts, motion picture, and television productions. The work of costume designers is similar to other fashion designers. Costume designers, however, perform extensive research on the styles worn during the period in which the performance takes place, or they work with directors to select and create appropriate attire. They make sketches of designs, select fabric and other materials, and oversee the production of the costumes. They also must stay within the costume budget for the particular production item.

Source: bls.gov, alternativeconsumer.com, parisfashiondesigners.com, yourfashionblog.com, allartschools.com, itzcaribbean.com, apcom.net, catwalk.co.uk