As I am currently working on my final project of the year, it's really shocking how fast a year flashed by. I know it's cliche to say this but I couldn't help but look back on how much I've accomplished and learned over the last eight months both in and out of school. Overall... A pretty damn good year I would say. A little older, hopefully a lot wiser, haha. It's a real good thing that this school year went so well because I hear that second year in CSM is a nightmare, or at least, exponentially less enjoyable due to certain... ehh... inevitable conflicts during group projects which is unnecessary drama I am not looking forward to, but from what I heard, it's really random. Some group chemistry works greatly like symbiosis, while unlucky others trigger a civil war.
While I'm still on the topic of CSM, I took time to browse around final year exhibitions. In the 3D studios, it's amazing how some works stand out sharply as if you can smell the imminent success upon certain students. Like spotting the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree, which makes it a whole lot easier if you don't have all the time in the world to go through every single person.
In the fashion studios, one of my favorite things to do is to see works up close and personal (to spot the mistakes or unfinished details, haha) since runway shots help make most garments look glamorous and "flawless". The one thing I didn't like was how overwhelming it all was as in I was drenched in an ocean of wild concepts and manufacturing techniques, making it hard to focus. The best way is just to pick your favorites and digest their work. Unfortunately I think I was only able to sneak in some snaps without alerting authorities in one room, but still one of my favorite collections is by Hind Matar, his intricate futuristic sci-fi embroidery vaguely reminds me of Balenciaga's SS07 metallic robot leggings, but what Matar has done here is stunning, with loads of embroidery samples in his sketchbook, you can really see how he progressed and resulted in a mind blowing collection. I want to wear them so badly....
|CSM's new fountain display... not only did the sky rain that day, so did the ground.|