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Why I didn't apply to MA Fashion CSM (after doing Fashion Folio and Graduate Diploma)

Spoiler alert: it's about mental health (which I now prefer to call emotional and mental health). 4 practical issues I considered before making my decision, and the one invisible issue that was at the root of everything else.   Resources that have helped me over the last year (Jan. 2020 - Jan. 2021): Reading and re-reading since January 2020: The Presence Process, by Michael Brown. How to grow up emotionally and show up for myself everyday, even when my life sucks. Specially when my life sucks. Lots of free resources on his website, check them out first (what worked for me might not work for you): http://www.thepresenceprocessportal.com/ Also, I did the experiential process 3 times (as recommended in the book) and...

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What to say when you've got nothing

It's a wrap.  Since I had the privilege to study in two of the best Fashion schools, I wanted to share my experience with other creative people feeling stuck and thinking "if only I can get into that school, then my career will take off";  And I also tried to share my insights - from working in small labels, to freelancing as Tech Pack designer and Product developer, to finally starting my own thing - so people wouldn't assume it's the easiest thing in the world, then quit at the first obstacle; or be so fearful they end up staying in the research stage forever. But it's time to follow some of own advice and give myself the space to apply this...

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Quick guide of my content

Sometimes you just gotta figure things out on your own, and everyone'd better get off your back. Or you just don't wanna give your money to a person on the internet - specially me, since I'm always available to answer questions over email, and they even inspire new content for the Fashion Tech support blog or my YouTube channel. I've already given away 99% of the stuff people ask me and even more, so I came up with this guide to help out you fierce, independent creatives that just need a little light: On famous Fashion schools: My experience at Central Saint Martins: intro, part 1 - Fashion Folio, part 2 - Graduate Diploma; My experience at Bunka Fashion College: part 1 is already...

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Why Pinterest is lazy (according to CSM Fashion)

Short & sweet post to address a misunderstanding arising from one of my videos, where I highlighted this quote: To be clear: 1Granary did not say researching on the internet is not valid. 1. Nobody at CSM said you can't do research on the internet. The internet is an amazing tool. There's so much you can learn from blogs and YouTube tutorials; You can read some of 1Granary's best articles on their website FOR FREE; You can find new designers and artists on Instagram, and connect with them; And you can start your research on Pinterest - for example: if you wanna find out a specific embroidery style you saw somewhere in the past, but you don't know what it's called,...

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There was a 1st year CSM student charging £300 to answer questions - and I'm not even surprised

It's been over 10 years since I first started contemplating Central Saint Martins as the holy grail of Fashion education, and the solution to all my career troubles. I've experienced every stage of the "I need to get into CSM" drama: Learning about many famous alumni (but just superficial info on each one); Cluelessly going to an international office to ask how to get in, and being told how hard it is by an office staff with no actual ties to any of the full-time courses; Cluelessly going to the reception desk at the Granary square building in my first trip to London, and being told "ugh you can't just wanna go to a school just because you heard someone...

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