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How I made the collages on my CSM portfolio

It used to annoy the sh*****t out of me when people'd see my blog posts and videos showing my portfolio, and all they could ask was "How can I make collages?". I go through this whole trouble of researching, writing and reviewing a long-ass article; taking pictures; shooting and editing videos (that are planned and scripted btw)... and all you can ask me is how to make a collage, which is literally cutting and pasting pictures together. But then I think of my pre-CSM days, and that's always humbling enough to keep me doing what I do. In this video, I share: Why and how I started making collages; How you can use collages for Design Development; Different techniques I now use to speed...

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My counter-intuitive portfolio advice for applying to CSM Fashion

I used to get more people asking me "How do I make a portfolio to apply to CSM?". They probably stopped because I'd never give a straightforward answer with THE SECRET.  Also, why would anyone think it's that simple, since I spent a whole year + a lot of money on Fashion Folio (read about my experience here)??? But let me challenge the assumption that a good-looking portfolio is all you need:   Blog bonus: some afterthoughts that came to me as I was publishing the video Pre-Fashion Folio portfolio-prep courses: Okay so you need to already have the skills before getting into any full-time courses at CSM, but I've heard of a number of people who applied to Fashion Folio, didn't get in...

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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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Portfolio overview: final collection

The last project made during Graduate Diploma CSM ( 2015-16). "Olivia reflects upon contemporary digital existence as she translates her technical design background in construction into a digitally printed materiality. Interested in cartoons, she examines the way in which something two-dimensional can assume a three-dimensional shape. She draws out her characteristic colour schemes from the assembling and disassembling of digital photographs, and applies them to highly constructed kimono designs in satin with layers of lamé and crinoline. As a method, digital printing is the ultimate conjoining of a digital and physical approach to fashion design. Video games, magical powers and beautiful things inform the imagination of Olivia's design universe, as marked by the presence of the cat, a returning avatar in her...

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Portfolio overview: Project Me

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...

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