Tory Burch at CSM

Tory Burch in Conversation with Imran Amed Business of FashionEarlier this evening I attended an inspiring talk at Central Saint Martins featuring American designer/entrepreneur Tory Burch in conversation with Imran Amed (Business of Fashion founder and editor-in-chief) which was streamed live onto the Business of Fashion website. Talks and conversations like this covering everything from a bit of background info to success stories and struggles, personal anecdotes, questions and advice are such a treat.

DSCN8974Tory Burch’s background includes an art history degree from the University of Pennsylvania where upon a week after graduation she headed to New York where she began her career in fashion by working at Zoran. Following her stint at Zoran she went on to work as a sitting assistant for Harper’s Bazaar magazine then advertising and PR at Ralph Lauren, then Vera Wang and later Loewe before heading up her own fashion label which began under the name of TRB by Tory Burch. Hearing about her personal journey into the fashion industry and building her label into a billion dollar brand certainly teaches one not to be afraid of dreaming big and having the ambition to make it happen. Yikes, it’s time to get to work!

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Hartwell House Hotel

DSCN8593Ever since relocating to London I’ve expressed my desire to see more of the British landscape by getting out of the city in order to discover new places. Well, it turns out my wish was granted because I recently enjoyed an exciting trip into the countryside to explore the some of Britain’s great country homes compliments of my CSM degree.

Hartwell House Hotel GardenThe crisp country air and landscape were a welcome change from the hustle and bustle of London although, I’m not quite sure how well I would cope in the long run.

Hartwell House Hotel

DSCN8656With relatively modest interiors apart from the heavily ornamented staircase, the country house hotel made you feel at ease and cozy compared to other grandiose interiors which were typical of the period.

Hartwell House Hotel Interiors

DSCN8619Along with the house and gardens there was also this beautiful church.

Performance Art at Lunch Time

IMG-20130613-00136To witness a performance art piece is a bit of a peculiar experience. I’m sure it’s exactly what it must feel like to get caught in a flash mob event. Today I saw the staging of a lunch time performance piece which consisted of what might have been two of our security guards or actors/volunteers dressed as our building security guards having an audible dialogue about art, what is good and bad art, art teachers, and art education etc.

Standing within white outlined squares, the guards performed as students stopped to listen and watch in anticipation while others simply carried on unfazed with their usual lunch time activities. Even with the white squares around them, they blended into the busy atmosphere very well to the point where they went almost unnoticed. I must admit I found it quite entertaining and look forward to seeing more guerrilla performance art. Just as there are flash mobs with song and dance, there should be more flash performances involving art. Let’s head up the movement!

Swamped with Research

DSCN5916New projects, essays and assignments usually means that the cycle of research and background reading is about to begin anew. Here’s just a glimpse of what I’m currently reading.

Curating Subjects, Curating and the Educational Turn Books

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Xhibit 2013

Xhibit, UAL London 2013 ExhibitionAs promised, here is a view into the completed Xhibit 2013 exhibition. I’d like to think that the other curators and I did a great job and didn’t offend any of the artists too much with the placement of their artwork. Enjoy!

Xhibit, UAL London 2013 Exhibition

Xhibit, UAL London 2013 Exhibition

Xhibit, UAL London 2013 Exhibition

Xhibit, UAL London 2013 Exhibition

Xhibit, UAL London 2013 Exhibition

Central Saint Martins

During my time in London, my days were not spent walking the urban streetmarkets or checking out the sights but instead they were spent in a small bright classroom on the top floor of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Having participated in two of their summer courses for 16 to 18 year olds last summer, I wanted to relive the experience again. Last summer I attended Fashion Styling and Making Fashion. I absolutely loved the experience, therefore signing up to the two week course Fashion Sketchbook. As Central Saint Martins currently has several small buildings located around London, I wanted to try out a different location from my previous year and this time at Back Hill. And boy am I glad, as it proved to be truly fantastic! The two weeks were spent working off a theme, learning important information about fashion illustration, as well as the industry itself, all while building our sketchbooks with our own fashion illustrations.