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....