Friday, 10 July 2015

Design identity

I've been struggling with my summers project, so I've put it on hold for a bit. I've been thinking about it, and talked with some of my friends and family. Identity has always been a difficult subject for me, as I grew up in a small town in Norway in a chinese household. Even now, I can never identitify myself as either chinese or norwegian, because I don't feel like I can "fit" into either.

But in a way also think I'm lucky to be able to grow up with two completely different cultures. I think growing up in Norway has made me appreciate nature and the beauty of mother nature. Growing up in my chinese household, I've learned that hard work pays of and to take nothing for granted.

Still with this, I think there's more to me than just being hard working and loving nature. My parents todl me recently "you know who you are. Because the things that inspire you, the things you love, your thoughts and morals makes you who you are."

So, with this... I'll try and start my sketchbook.

Monday, 27 April 2015


I've been making a lot of changes on my portfolio lately, which has made me fall a little bit behind. So now, I'm just trying to put as much work in my portfolio as possible, and neaten it up closer to hand in day.  I changed my first 3-4 pages, but I think still it looks a bit messy for some reason. I've also put some work in from my white shirt project and pictures of my publication. 

I don't have as much sketchbook work from my white shirt project as I would like, so these pages are looking a bit empty at the moment. Hopefully, when I have some more scans and pictures of my actual shirt, it will look alright. 

Monday, 20 April 2015


In this weeks session we talked about two things. Interviews and about out blogposts on ethical fashion. Some people in our group wrote about how some companies uses plastic in their garments, such a G-star Raw who uses recycled plastic from the ocean, and Levi's also uses recycled water bottles in their jeans. 

I've never heard about this before, and I found it quite interesting how plastic (which is something I don't really associate with fashion, but the kitchen) could be used in a sustainable way in the fashion industry. Over 1 million plastic bottles are used every 20 minute in the US, and Levi's Waste <Less uses 8 bottles to make one pair of jeans. How cool is that?


And for the interviews bit. We learned about what to do, and what not do to. I've always found interviews a bit hard, but after today I'm quite confident after today's lesson. We had a mock interview with all the other student, similar to "speed dating", where we had 2 minutes and then had to go to the next person. It was really fun and mentally tiring. It's like having to sell yourself in 2 minutes, and then moving on trying to do it 9 times. 

Monday, 13 April 2015


Hello! I was supposed to do some work on my portfolio during Easter, but I had a bit of a setback. When I went to London to get my fabrics for my other unit (Design: Process and application), my purse (which had my USB and my phone) got stolen.

Some of my recent work is lost, but I did have most of my work backed up. So today during my independent study, I put some of my pictures of my design manual from Digital Fashion in my portfolio. I have also planned to scan my work for Creative Practice again, which I will edit and put into my portfolio by the end of this week.

I also redid some of my other pages in my portfolio, however I find it really hard to place them nicely and add annotations... I think it looks a little bit messy, but I'll leave it like this for the moment, and redo it later. I might go to the library and look at some publications for some ideas.

After lunch I focused on Karens part of the unit. Next week we'll have a mock interview for the job that we've chosen. I chose a job as a technical designers at Beyond Retro. I've been researching the company and the job position, and I've been thinking that this is a job that I actually want to do. I love Beyond Retro's look on sustainable fashion and how they seek to recycle used clothing and reconstruct them to make something new.

Monday, 23 March 2015


In this weeks session with Karen we talked about sustainability and ethics in the fashion industry. It's a subject I'm quite passionate about, and I wrote a piece on it for Esther's unit (Digital application and Creative drawing) in the beginning of the course, which I can leave a link to at the end of this post.

When I grew up I wasn't as fortunate as some people, so instead of getting new dresses from my birthday, I got my brothers old sweater, since it was getting too small for him. Whenever I used to shopping, my mother always used to ask me "When will you wear this?" and now, this is a question I always ask myself.  If I can only think of 2-3 different occasions to wear it, I wouldn't buy it. Other questions like "How would I wear it?", "What can I pair it with?" Also pops into my mind. At the time I wasn't conscious about sustainability, but rather money issues. When I thought about it, it kind of goes together. Do you spend money on thousands of clothing pieces you're going to wear once or twice, or do you spend good money on a couple of timeless pieces you can wear over and over again by pairing it differently and layering?

Nowadays, almost every high street store has a "sustainable collection" such as H&M conscious and Topshop's collaboration with Reclaim To Wear. Now sustainable fashion is targeting a younger generation. Hopefully the sustainable fashion becomes a general way of fashion instead of being limited to only one collection.

My collage on Hellen Van Rees, who used remnant threads from a knitting factory.

Link for my written piece coming up soon.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015


This week my group had a day off (independent study). I decided to go into uni on monday to finish my CV on InDesign, and I am quite happy with the end result. However I have no idea if I have done it right, so hopefully I'll get it checked next week.

I did some changes to my portfolio, since I realised I had some more pages scanned in. I've finished the pages for Creative Realisation, and now I need to get some more scans for Digital application and creative drawing, which I will do tomorrow. And I will also try to finish everything tomorrow as well, so I have everything ready for mondays session. 

Wednesday, 11 March 2015


Today we've had a session about CV awareness + preparation, learning what to put in our CV's and what not to put in. I also did a draft for my personal statement, which I got a quick feedback on. So I just made a couple of changes on that.

However, I've done a bit on my CV draft in InDesign which I'm quite happy with now. And I will finish it this week and add some small details to make it a bit personal.

After lunch we had a portfolio session, and we started to put together out portfolios in InDesign. We had to think about our layout and presentation. Me, personally I'm trying to go for the simplistic look through my whole portfolio. I'm currently putting together my work for Creative realisation.