The fourth project made during Graduate Diploma CSM ( 2015-16).
'What do you surround yourself with? What would the most authentic, unashamedly fabulous version of yourself look like?'
Starting off with a stupid name and a proposition that was just too grand - like a dangerous mission on a sci-fi movie - Project Me was a chance to stop trying to be Fashion, and mix up my special blend of Kawaii Madness & Confusion to be added to my beloved everyday clothes.
A sense of familiarity was meant to be kept with instantly recognisable pieces - a varsity jacket, Breton shirts, a kilt - but with proportions, colours and motifs that only a cartoon character would wear.
"Just this one more project until I can do my final collection!"
With that emotional state, of course I was about to have a complete nervous breakdown.
I just had to do a fun collection about cats, flowers and cartoons, but I had no idea how to do that! After all, I prided myself on being such an ambitious, hardworking student with a VERY SERIOUS goal of making it big in Fashion.
Somehow I managed to present something, and even if this project wasn't a success then, it's what got me started with the Mean Red Kitty prints.
Took me 3 years to make a giant cat t-shirt...
It doesn't matter how great your idea is - if you're not ready to execute it.
A lot of my projects during Grad Dip were rushed, because my anxiety kept reminding me of the short time (either 3 or 4 weeks for each) I had to do something spectacular - how dare I suck shit, I'm at mothafucking CSM!!!
I'm so grateful I learned to stop listening to these voices in my head, and found joy in my work again.
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