Thursday, 16 December 2010


I got both the internships...just waiting to see when I can start now!

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Some of my more recent work


I have an interview for a PR based internship with Felder felder tomorrow and another for a PA based internship for Fee Uhssi Designs!
How exciting!

Wednesday, 1 December 2010


Uni closed due to snow!

Bad Times!

Tuesday, 16 November 2010


A shoot for my briefcase, based around my original theme of fairy tales! I love it...thank you B!

Photographer - Bianca Wallis

Fashion and styling - me

Thursday, 4 November 2010

22 is poo!

So this week has been mental!
firstly, I managed to delete most of y blog entries for my ERPs blog! Idiot!
secondly, I sliced opened my hand on a pin! Rank!
thirdly, I've been so unmotivated! Its madness!

But luckily apart from the upon its been a pretty productive week. I've done a little bit of pattern cutting, a little bit of CAD and my dissertation has been going alright.

Lets hope it carries on this way.

I can't say I've read my PPD3 brief yet, I just hope its going to be a breeze...probzzz not!

P.s and my friends is paying me a birthday visit...wahey!

Wednesday, 20 October 2010


My briefcase got into the exhibition, which I'm chuffed about. I went done to the Light today to see everyone’s work and it all looks so good. I thought that even the people that that didn't get chosen had worked really hard and should be proud of what they've achieved. I was so shocked at the amount of people that were voting, I didn't think it would attract that much attention. I have to admit I was a little disappointed with the layout, as you can't really see my pathways products. I think the products should have been placed forward and the garments behind that way its all very visible. While I was there Ella was manning the exhibition and she said a lot of people even didn’t notice the products or thought they were props and didn’t realise our college had made them. This upset me a bit because I know the people on my pathway put so much work into it, and it seems that its not being recognised. I’m manning the exhibition on Friday and I’m going to make sure people are aware that our pathway exists!
Anyway, moving on we got re-briefed on part 2 of ERP on Tuesday and it is a lot clearly now. I’m actually quite looking forward to it. I feel like I’ve learnt from the mistakes I made in part 1 and now know to spend more time on the branding and promotion side instead of letting my product take over. So, I’m going to get my branding done first and then do my designing and prototype as I think I will be able to come up with that a lot quicker than my branding as it something that comes more naturally to me. I’ve already made a start on it today. I’ve been photographing and interviewing and it all seems to be going well so far….lets hope it carries on this way.
As for my dissertation, I’ve been trying to divide my time up equally and I tend to do my dissertation stuff in the evening. I have to write my first chapter ready for 3rd Nov! EEEK! I think I just need to make a start really and the rest will follow.
Overall, I’m feeling alright about things… the moment, but I know what I’m like it could all change very quickly!

Tuesday, 12 October 2010


I am finding the transition from 2nd year to 3rd year a real struggle. My time management is not great and I feel constantly stressed and upset, and if I'm honest I'm not enjoying the course anymore. I feel like there is so much to do and just no time to do it in. I'm already constantly working and its still not enough. I feel like quitting, but I know I'm too close to the finish line to do that.
I feel like I'm going to the leave the course knowing nothing about construction and its getting me down....
On a more positive note, I finished my briefcase and I'm really happy with it because its the first thing that I've professionally finished and been proud of.
Also Crystal and I have decided get some do some pattern making/construction and have some pattern sessions every Thursday, and hopefully we'll make something for Style Platform in January! I need to do it, there's no point me moaning about something that only I can solve...fingers-crossed it will all run smoothly (although nothing seems to ever run smooth in the life of Dawn Shindler.
I've been thinking a lot about the future lately and I want to do a internship in Fashion Buying or PR and I was hoping to do on with Urban Outfitters headoffice as I already work there, but I was recently informed they have stopped taking on that dreams shattered. And I think this has all added to my stress, I had it all planned out and now I have to re-evaluate my plans.
I apologise for the disjointed post I just had to get everything in my head out, it was driving me insane!

P.s Here is my briefcase....enjoy

Thursday, 7 October 2010


Ideas for packaging...

My calico briefcase....

So I decided to make luggage for this project and so have created a briefcase (toile)! Amazing...never thought I would ever get it done. Now I am working on the final, professionally finished case. I am also trying to get my branding sorted I think I'm going to call my brand "Enchant".
So much to do and not very much time at all. Although I haven't got too stressed out yet I'm finding it difficult to do my dissertation stuff and this project and work at urban! My time managerment really isn't great and I don't know what to do to improve it. I've tried lists, but they're no good. I need to come up with a solution quick because at the moment I'm behind with my dissertation work and its getting to me!
I hope I'll sort myself out soon....

Thursday, 30 September 2010

And 3rd year begans...

My third and final year has kicked off! And its harcore work from the the moment we are working om extended research practices and have a live brief. It's exciting because we've never had a live brief before and its such a good opportunity. We had a crit on Tuesday and I felt it was really productive, Sue gave us honest and creative critism which I much appreciated.
I've decided to make luggage for this brief and I'm really looking forward to the final outcome! I've never made luggage or even bags before so it should be a hoot.
I'm really excited about this year, but so scared. THIS IS IT! In 9 months time we will be released into the big, wide, world. I feel like this year is already going to fast and it won't be long until its all I'd better get a move on!

Thursday, 16 September 2010


So 3rd year is upon us and I am terrified! I feel like because I haven't stuck anything down and I'm working mostly in my blog that I have nothing to show for this project, but after talking to some other fashion girls they put my mind at ease.
I think I'll be fine once we've got back inot it properly...well I hope. I know what I want to do, its all in my head its just executing it onto paper.

To be honest I go through the same motions every year..worried, happy, stressed, relieved!

I'll be fine

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Great News

So the other day while I was working (urban outfitters) I served a buyer from HO and started chatting to her about how I wanted to do an intership there once I graduate to gain some more experience. Anyway, she informed me that she too did an internship with HO and after 3 months was offered the job! She told me that if they have the vacancy they would rather take on someone who's been doing it then just any old person. I was so pleased to hear this and very excited about what the future may bring, obviously the work position cannot be guaranteed but this is still good news!


Enough said.....

P.s I had a chocolate bar and felt awful, but it really wasn't that nice or worth it. So I won't be doing that agai in a while.
I feel a lot more bright eyed and bushy tailed...more energy for all this fashion work then!


Tuesday, 24 August 2010


Day 2 and it's going ok. I don't feel as grumpy as I did yesterday and I was actually quite excited about the thought of porridge this morning, I can't say I feel much different though. Although I did go into uni today to do some work and read some of my dissertation book last night...maybe that has something to do with it. Probably not!

Monday, 23 August 2010

Taiwanese creative agency BlanQ

"This is a chronicle progression of a woman. A woman who morphs from innocence to struggles, and back to innocence. From a state of purity, when there is no good and bad, to sophistication, which comes with seduction, greed, debauchery amongst all other evils that dominate the world. On the verge of decadence she struggles, for individuality, for virtue, for her own soul. In the end amidst all chaos, she unites with peace of mind, living with a sober fact that she is just one of them, and she can’t hide. That is her IDENTITY, whether she likes it or not." - thank you Trendland..amazing website!

For the Art Issue of WestEast Magazine called Identity
A little weird, but I quite like them...there's a whole story behind the imagery

Brand Research

Looking into different high street stores and what they stand for....

Thought this was quite oh my how things have changed for AA now!
Thank you Prada for using models that aren't bean poles, because let's face it now..most girls just don't look like that (me included!)!!

Denis Gonchar

Vector illustrator Denis Gonchar

Love your work!
Colourful,creative and just beautiful! Shows CAD can make amazing results!

Healthy body, healthy mind..?

Due to the constant abuse i've given my bod, I've decided to go on a little detox. Just fruit and veg for me for at least 3 days...t be honest its making me really moody, but hopefully this will pass!
We shall see, I'll let you know how I feel tomorrow it is only day 1 day all.

Sunday, 22 August 2010


Moncler Gamme Bleu S/S 2011 Runway - catwalk show expressing the collection and themes involved. Now that's what we like to see!!

Moncler Gamme Bleu Spring/Summer 2011 Runway from LAT Videos on Vimeo.

Saturday, 21 August 2010


Really nice use of different CAD skills...very inspiring!

The Goddess from Monki on Vimeo.

I love the way they have put together a video lookbook genius idea!

Monki Let's Party AW 09 - a Dancing Lookbook. from Monki on Vimeo.

I've started to collect more and more ideas for my latest project and decided to keep them stay and sound on my I can easily look back and be inspired!

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Fashion Show Research

Looking into different and exciting ways to present a fashion show as part of my research....reaction to climate Chanel A/W 2010

Viktor & Rolf A/W 2010...Brilliant idea of showing how the garments work and come together

I'm all over it.....

Prada FW10 Fantasy Lookbook
....If you haven't seen it...CHECK IT OUT!!!


Singapore based designer Max Tan

slight catwoman feel????

Life as an everyday New Yorker

Take a Walk: NYC #2 from TrendLand on Vimeo.

Found this on Trendland and love the idea of it....its given me some interesting ideas of my own actually!

Research for 3rd year...

Ideas for my latest project...little red ridding hood.

Brilliant song for catwalk

Love the cartoon!
Lech in Austria...


Love the song.

Love the advert.

Friday, 30 July 2010

My last day!

It was my last day with Olga Shishkina today and it was very sad. I have learnt a lot since working with her and although it has been difficult at times I have thoroughly enjoyed myself!
Olga has just started selling her jackets in Barcelona with the likes of Prada, Miu miu, D&G, Alexander McQueen etc. And I am very happy for her, I think she will go far!

Olga is showing her stuff at LFW in February and has said I can help out! I am very excited and grateful for the experience.

Best of luck Olga

Martin Margiela

I went to the Martin Margiela exhibition at Somerset House and it was AMAZING! I would give it 8/10 and would definately go again.
I wasn't allowed to take photographs but I did make some notes as I went round so I could give a good account of the experience!
The exhibition was laid out very well, each room/space reflected what was being shown excellently. Thinking of how the exhibition would be viewed.
The invites Margiela uses are very good and imaginative, as I'm pathway A I need to be constantly thinking about these things. He used things like newpaper ads, CDs, Wishbones, chocolate, plates etc. Anything that would catch attention. All really fun ideas.
I thought the exhibition was really well thought out, his ideas and creations were very clever. The tailoring was brilliant simply playing with the garments, exposing linings and hems, fraying, patchwork etc. Some were very crisp, white and others were quite humble.
Martin Margiela states that luxury is about the amount of labour spent on a piece, not all about the fabric used and I couldn't agree more with this statement!

Another very clever idea he had was tv screens that showed how the garments could be worn and how different people wear the garments in different ways, depending on sex, taste etc.

Labels were simple 4 stitches, but recognisable to people that are fond of Margielas work.
He even thought about the garments packaging and gave instructions on how to wash and access the garment, making the shopping/buying experience far more exciting.
I loved the trench coats, Margiela plays on traditions, making the common trench far more exciting!
He also used phtographs of fabrics that he then printed onto different garment (its difficult to explain), although it wasn't my favourite piece it was still a very good idea. Let me give an example...say a cotton top would have a knitwear texture copied onto it to give the illusion that it was actually knitwear.

Overall an amazing exhibition everything and anything you have ever thought about in the fashion world had be executed! Good use of innovation. Thinks about the audience and the whole journey of the garment from start to finish!
I would highly reccommend it! Very inspiring....

Monday, 26 July 2010


I've started to look more at videos used to promote designers collection for ideas and inspirations for my 3rd year.In 3rd year I would quite like to continue using videos to promote my products as I really enjoy creating and editing the video footage.
I want to look more into promoting my products after they have been created as it is an interest of mine.

On a slightly different note on my placement I have started to do more PA/PR type jobs such as arranging meetings for Olga with zip manufacturers and getting tickets for textiles/fashion shows. I'm pleased I have done such an array of jobs while working with her its actually quite sad to think its almost over....

MIU MIU campaigns

Campaigns for 2010-MIU MIU

Sarah St Clair Renard

Really enjoying this video! Looks like it was a lot of fun to make!

Color Me Crazy from Sarah St Clair Renard on Vimeo.

By Sarah St. Clair Renard for Yen Magazine’s spring issue 2010.

Viktor and Rolf 2011

Love this simple yet effective idea for a photo shoot

Sarah Williams

Sarah Williams designed and created some amazing luggage and I went to see it a while back at the V&A. Shes a graduate from London College of Fashion...
Here are some of her creations

Love her work!

Saturday, 24 July 2010


So my time with Olga has continued to be just as productive. I am now tracing patterns to be sent to the factory where her leather jackets will be made. Olga has decided to get them made in London and is currently in Barcelona looking at places to sell her jackets. Its all quite exciting! I have to arrange some meetings with various zip companies for next week, so that we can get all the materials we need before we send the patterns to the factory. I only have a week left on my placement and although at times its been difficult, I feel I've learnt from the experience. I think on my next placement I would like to work within PR or buying to see what that sector of fashion is like.
I'm still reading for my dissertation and have ordered some pattern paper so I can practice pattern making before I go into the dreaded 3rd year!!! I feellike I have so much to do before September and not a lot of time left to do it!!

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

A Good Day!

Good day at work...I was getting a bit down because all I seemed to be doing was data entry towards the end of the week!But today I was putting in sleeves and collars and zips! It was amazing...I feel like I've learnt a lot. I just hope it carries on this way. Also I may be getting a paid job in a tailors, I'm going to see the guy who runs it on saturday so fingers-crossed! I think it will really help me with my confidence,and my pattern cutting and making will benefit a lot from my placement.
I have also emailed a PR company near to London Bridge where I'm working at the moment to see if they need any help.
As for the reading for my dissertation, its coming a long nicely I've made a few notes and I read on the way to and from work (its a bit of a commute). My title has been approved so everythings GO!
Lets hope tomorrow goes just as smoothly as today.

And I'm sure theres an exhibition I want to see at Somerset house!!!

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Quick update

So need to update a little... so got my grades back for a couple of projects all really good and my overall grade for 2nd year is a 2:1 which is want I want for my overall degree. Obviously I'm still gonna give 100% and push myself as much as possible.
I've just started my placement with Olga (a grad from st martins), its only my 2nd day and I feel like ive already learnt loadsa. I'm finding it enjoyable and interesting at the moment, hopefully this will continue. Its a designed based placement, which isn't what I want to do but I feel like I need to try everything. I'm doing it for a month so I'm sure I will benefit a lot from it!

Monday, 10 May 2010

The Future

After editing my porfolio I start to realise that my strong points are research and moodboards, which I both really enjoy. I've found a real love for CAD as well, which I never thought would happen! I also realise that my weak points are design and making, I want to be good at these things-I think I need to find time to practice, maybe over summer etc. And my placement should help with this as it is design based.
I started looking into what sort of jobs I might like to do once I complete my degree. I'm thinking more PR based stuff at the moment, but this is probably due to my current weaknesses. I would definitely love to do an internship for a PR agency and I wouldn't mind doing some work experience with a stylist, I think it would be really fun and a good opportunity to meet new and talented people.
Once I finish uni I want to do 6 months - a year placement at Urban Outfitters head office, I've already applied and they seemed really keen but stressed it was a long work placement and so I wasn't able to do it while at uni. I think it would be really interesting as I already work for them I have knowledge of the company. Would be good to see how head office works.
It's so difficult to know what you want to do in the future, I think I just need to do as many different internships as I can! There are so many opportunities out there once you start looking.

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Marks & Spencer exhibitions

SO GOOD! And the guy that was there was so helpful and just lovely-he was telling me al about how nice Zandra Rhodes is. Brilliant exhibition. Highly recommend it!

Yorkshire Playhouse

The day me and Siobhan visited the West Yorkshire Playhouse. I also found out you can rent out 4 garments for a week for just £25 with a £30 deposit!YES!

The end is so so close!

I'm going to try and stay positive for this post as most of my entries are negative and a little depressing.
I feel that my research for research practices has come on leaps, as I mentioned before its all about fairy tales and the myths involved in them. So I decided to work in a Snow White book to link it all together nicely. I still need to make my stand but I already have that sorted in my head so it shouldn't take too long. I haven't managed to do any photoshoots, bit of a pain, but I am going to make an inspirational video. I've already done some audio recording I just need to put it all together. So thats the plan tomorrow in uni early completing video. I also need to draw out and edit my line-up but I know how I want to present it so that should be easy. Then I just need to write up my statement of intent-need to have a little think about that one.
As for PPD I think I've basically got that sorted just need to go over the email to check I havent forgotten anything.
And I think thats everything thats happening with work at the moment. I'm gonna try and spend all day at uni tomorrow and wed finalising things.
Oh I have some long awaited imagery to upload! Need to get on that!

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

The day I lost myself

My interview started as a shambles...I arrived at Olga's studio and called her to check what number she was at! To my shock and horror her assistant was meant to have cancelled all interviews as Olga had to go to the airport! I had travelled all the way from Leeds to London for nothing? Not quite, luckily she re-arrived for me to come to her house in Hampstead (one of my favourite areas of London) and said she would buy me a new train ticket and drop me off at kings cross. The interview was relaxed, but I felt from her reaction to certain pieces and the lack of garments that I have to work a lot harder if I am going to succeed in this world! Anyway, she decided to take me on for July which is brilliant news!
I'm really excited and hoping I can improve in my pattern and making skills!
Oh the other hand, I feel that my work has got steadily worse since foundation...when I was putting my portfolio together last week I looked back to my very first project at Leeds and I loved it. It was exciting and there was passion there, but now I feel like everything I do is pretty rubbish. Something has died! My passion, my motivation, my determination. I want to want to do well and I want to be good, but I just don't think I can. Every time I think about it I feel close to tears.
I think fashion is such a hard subject to study because it is so difficult to be around such amazingly creative people all the time. All you end up doing is comparing yourself to others and thinking you're not good enough.
I can't seem to get back the feeling and excitement I had for fashion in foundation and I'm worried it will never come back.
I hate feeling this way about my degree and I know I have to carry on. I just feel that I haven't found what I'm good at yet. There are so many people on my course who are "naturally good at fashion" and you can see it in their work and in their grades, no matter what they always achieve high grades! And I'm pleased for them. I just wish I could find something I'm good at and will always be passionate about.
I'm hoping that I will find my passion again through my placement and through my work at Urban Outfitters. I'm hoping I will make many contacts and succeed in that way.

Oh I just don't know what to do anymore-I want it all to be over now
(although I'll probably regret this later)

Thursday, 22 April 2010



My portfolio is not ready and my interview is next week! I really need to get it sorted but I have loads more to edit and make up then I first thought!


Hopefully next year I will have learnt from all these stupid mistakes.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010


Right, so other than writing in my blog I really haven't done much work. BUMMER! I'm meant to be on my placement today, but she didn't need me as she doesn't have much work for me to do, so I should be in tomorrow. It's a blessing in disguise because I feel so rotten today - I have a cold, which has sprung from no where! I'm drinking so much fluid, I might as well be on a drip!!
I have managed to do 2 crit tasks today though, and select a few exhibitions I want to see while I'm in London. I'm hoping they will help me with Research Practices (which I haven't started) I kind of know what I want to do though, its just getting the research together! Lots of videos and photoshoots would be ideal, but we will see if that ACTUALLY ever happens!
I'm hoping to try and do a couple more crit tasks today and maybe sort out enterprise a little bit, but I'll see how far I actually get.
Oh and on the work placement front I have decided what pieces I want to go in my portfolio for my next interview (on 28th) just need to edit them a little. I have also heard off Wonderland mag asking me when I'm available for their internship-so fingers-crossed. Haven't heard anything back yet though.
I'm off to get some fruit and some more water-I WILL GET OVER THIS COLD!

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Reserach Practices

I'm thinking of linking my research practices with crit by looking into mythologies...I am then probably going to look into grimm tales/fairytales etc. I think this would have a lot of scope!

These images taken from trendland are amazing:
This image is photoshoot by Annie Leibovitz for Christian Lacroix

Above:Printemps window display in Paris I believe!

Oh and I also love the work from this illustrator....Coco....

Some exciting ideas for my project!


The Easter break has started and I have done no work! This is the usual Shindler cycle-can't get started, gets started enjoys it, worries that its not good enough, starts to hate it, gets mark and realises things arent that bad!
So I've decided to try an ignore myself...if that makes any sense. I know I will start eventually, I just need to really think about this project as its very much like fashion,art and culture which I enjoyed but got a rubbish mark for!
I also need to get on with crit portfolio and enterprise..I think I'm gonna try and do some of that to do as I'm not working at Urban what with it being closed for EASTER SUNDAY! No instead I'm in Leeds all alone-I'm gonna say its part of becoming an adult..but really I have no mates!!ha. Its fine though because I went home to see my family and friends last week and had to come back up North to work, so I'm not really a loser!
Lets just hope I managed to get something done today!

Friday, 26 March 2010

The moment of truth!

Today I got my mark for Fashion concepts and was happily surprised i got a 68, which I was very pleased with. I still feel like I'm always one step behind everyone else, maybe its because I feel like my passion for the course is dying and I'm getting a litle bored of uni. I can't wait to finish and get into the real world (I know I will probably take this all back once I'm working) but I wanna do soemthing new and exciting!
On a more positive front I have a work placement to do for a week over Easter with a company called "Fame will come later"-should be interesting.
I also have an interview for another placement on 27th April,which I'm really excited about its more studio based but graduates work looks amazing and really suits the pathway I'm doing!I just need to get my portfolio ready for that, so I'm confident with what I'm doing/saying!FINGERS-CROSSED!
Sometimes I wish I'd done the other pathway,its not that I think I would enjoy it more, I feel its more realistic to the "Fashion world" and they have learnt a lot more about the industry, making, trends, tailoring, shop reports etc...sometimes I just feel like I've missing out on important skills. I know I could take my own time to catch up on these, and I have done, but there isnt enough time to go over everything!
I'm hoping that where I have missed out on these skills I will learn them through work placements etc.
We got our new brief today aswell, which sounds a lot like Fashion, Art and Culture...I need to re-read it again to get it straight in my head. I don't really know how I feel about it yet.
Just when you think you have some time to chill-out you realise there is still enterprise, crit and a new project to do!
It just never stops....and when it does I don't know what to do With myself!
So I suppose I wouldn't want it any other way!

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Ignoring something does NOT mean it will disappear!

This weekend has been a failure...I have done no work so far for fashion concepts. Yes I have been working at Urban, but really thats no excuse other people can manage to work and go to uni-and so should I. Its almost as though there is so much to do and its making me completely stand still! I have never really been one of those people that thinks they wont make the deadline-but this project is the first one that I've honestly felt it about! Yet still I have tme to do everything but my work. Its stupid,I need to get a move on!
I've written list after list and hardly completed anything....I don't think it helps that I changed my idea 3 times....right okay I'm gonna try and get on with some now...and stop avoiding it!
I've even done some crit and enterprise stuff instead....oh and no luck on the placement front....Oh god,Dawn get off and do something!!!

Sunday, 28 February 2010

Get up and move on...please!

Today I feel rubbish...I can't seem to focus on my work and can't get anything done! I know people say that everyone has days like this, but I ALWAYS have these days!What.Is.My.Problem?!
I feel like I have so much to do and yet I can't even start!Throughout this whole day I have only done 1 page for Fashion Concepts!Earlier I did go to the Wallpaper exhibition with Siobhan and Vickie, then I slept (for about 4 hours,I'd call it a nap) and then I woke and completed 1 PAGE, JUST 1!In about 5 hours!
Yeah, I've started reading for crit, but I haven't done any of my "tasks", I don't have a title either I just know the theme!And don't even get me started on enterprise-I'm sure I'm gonna fail!
Sometimes I just think whats the point?!I mean, this is just a small part of my life and shouldn't I be enjoying my youth?It just seems like I'm constantly stressed and worrying about work!
A lot has happened in these past few months and I know you have to just pick yourself up again and move on...but why is it all so difficult.Life shouldn't be this hard...surely?
I think I just need a break (I've just come back from Prague!!!Idiot!)at home though!See my friends and family and not worry about all this!It's not worth it!
Anyway, I'm gonna try and get on with some stuff...TRY!

On a more positive note....I quite like this, I think its by Wolfgang or something like that!