It has been a momentous year for Melinda Antal.
She married the love of her life during a global pandemic, is expecting her first child and, to top it all off, after almost seven years of study she graduated from the University of Tasmania.
Finally holding her testamur and wearing her academic gown and hat was an incredible feeling for the artist and designer.
“It’s marking a momentous ending of a chapter in my life,” she said.
Melinda moved to the island a decade ago.
“I came here for a year and I felt like I discovered one of the best kept secrets in Australia.
“I had no idea how beautiful Hobart was. I fell in love with the arts community, the city, the culture and the pace of life.”
While the graduation ceremony and chance to celebrate with her family in Melbourne will have to wait, she relished the opportunity to attend a pop-up graduation booth last month and experience some of the formal aspects of graduating.
“It’s a ceremonial activity after a 6.5 year journey,” she said.
“I’ll be looking to share the photographs that were taken today with my future family and my family in Melbourne and overseas.”
Melinda is currently a Youth Arts Officer at the Youth Arts & Recreation Centre.
During her Bachelor of Fine Arts (majoring in 3D Design) she had the chance to immerse herself in a range of creative pursuits including: woodwork, metal making, ceramics, 3D digital fabrication and furniture making.
In 2018 she was given the opportunity to undertake a professional commission, which involved conceptualising and building stools to be used as part of Dark Mofo.
In 2019 her skills in furniture design also saw her named a finalist in the Design Tasmania awards for her cantilevered chairs.
But 2020 has proved to be one of the biggest yet, both professionally and personally.
“This has been a huge year for me, I’m pregnant, I got married during lockdown and I graduated.”
We can’t wait to see what 2021 brings for this talented alumna.
Melinda is one of more than 3000 graduates welcomed into the University of Tasmania alumni community this year.