USQ Marketing co-ordinator Amanda Guiver recalls her window dressing skills to complete a science display in the regional gallery foyer.
USQ Marketing co-ordinator Amanda Guiver recalls her window dressing skills to complete a science display in the regional gallery foyer. DANIEL TWEED

Amanda Guiver has window skills

IT HAS been 30 years since Amanda Guiver has had to call on her window dressing skills but this week the USQ marketing co-ordinator lapped up the opportunity.

Ms Guiver has taken advantage of a vacant display box in the foyer of the Fraser Coast Regional Library and Gallery, coming up with a creative uni miniature exhibit.

With the help of colleague Tas Webber, Ms Guiver, using a display of science equipment such as fake eyes and hearts and fun photos of lectures and activities, is enticing potential students to study at the Fraser Coast campus.

“We knew enough about the university that could relate to a story that we wanted to create in the window,” Ms Guiver said.

“It’s a bit of a story about uni life using things like text books and assignments ... and to cap it off with the end of the student learning journey we have included a copy of Tas’s degree and my academic hood and mortar board, which I used at my own graduation last year.”

The display is promoting the 2010 Uni Options Night on January 20, from 6pm to 8pm, at the campus. It will be held in C block, room C211 and for more information people can call 4194 3133.

Ms Guiver first became interested in window dressing when she would watch ladies work their magic in a clothing store window opposite her parents’ music shop while growing up.

When she finished high school in the 1980s she came across a 13-week window dressing course in Adelaide and decided to give it a try.

“The course taught me about combining colours, shapes and form, display principles and how to build up something interesting to entice people into shops.

“It seemed like a dream job but I quickly realised there weren’t too may career opportunities for window dressers.”

After a stint in the packaging industry Ms Guiver completed a degree in mass communications which led to her appointment at USQ. She sees window dressing as another form of communication and is relishing the chance of polishing up on her old skills.

‘It’s a bit of a story about uni life’



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