The Newton-John Award is presented to a graduate displaying innovation or creativity in any field that has improved cultural life.

Director / CEO Guanabana Designs
Bachelor of Visual Communication Design (2002)

Ms Linda Bergskas is the Norwegian-born designer and businesswoman behind rising fashion label Guanabana Designs, which debuted at Australian Fashion Week in 2010.

Linda’s unique style is heavily influenced by her affinity with animals, nature and exotic cultures. She is a gifted artist and a trained graphic designer, who turned her creative attentions to fashion in 2003.

Using her own artworks as inspiration, Linda creates unique pieces defined by their detail, use of colour and graphic prints. Influences of time spent in exotic locations are captured in Linda’s collections.

Guanabana is now a global brand, producing four collections each year and stocked in more than 100 stores in Australia, Japan, the US and Norway. Excelling in a fiercely contested market, the label has featured in 41 magazines and other publications worldwide.