The text was a short Buddhist parable about four monks who decide to meditate for seven days in a row. During that time, none of them is allowed to talk. No-one makes a sound for the whole first day, but during the night the only lamp in the room sputters and goes out. The first monk can't help himself, and shouts: 'Oh no! The light's gone out!' The second monk replies: 'Be quiet: we're not supposed to say anything!' The third monk says: 'Well if we're not supposed to talk, what are you doing?' And the fourth monk laughs and says: 'Ho ho ho! I'm the only one who hasn't talked yet: ooops!'
T One interpretation is that, if we blame other people, it's very likely that we are also to blame ourselves.

A man was leading his donkey during the night when the donkey slipped down a deep hole and couldn't get out. After trying for some time to pull it up, the man gave up and decided to fill in the hole so nobody else would fall down. He started shoveling earth down the hole onto the donkey. But when the donkey felt the earth on its back, it decided it was too young to die, and shook off the earth, and trampled it under foot. After doing this many many times, the donkey gradually got higher and higher, and finally it managed to climb out of the hole.
According to the writer, this story teaches us that when things go wrong and people seem to be throwing dirt at you, you should just treat it as a learning experience: just shake off the dirt and trample it under your feet. Every little defeat will be a small stepping stone to ultimate victory.

from UTS newspeaks

UTS Speaks, Lecture Series

UTSpeaks: China's New Rich
Understanding the forces shaping modern and future China

September 26th 2007

Recent economic reform in the People's Republic of China has seen the emergence of new categories of wealth and power widely referred to as the 'new rich' and sometimes as the 'new middle class'. This public lecture explores the hierarchies of wealth, status and power of China's emergent new rich, their place within the current class structure and perhaps most significantly, how they may figure in China's and Australia's long-term futures.

UTSpeaks: China’s Company Cultures
Sage insights on doing business with the biggest nation on earth

June 19th 2007

What must Australian enterprises know to forge rewarding partnerships with Chinese companies? How can they achieve flexibility and adaptability to work with a growing number of Chinese companies actively seeking interests in the west? This free public lecture maps the complexity of Chinese corporate life where individual companies often have cultural and political landscapes as complex and unique as that of modern China itself.

Introduced by
Professor David Goodman, UTS Deputy Vice-Chancellor International

UTSpeaks: Opening up design
Towards innovation through participation

September 22nd 2008

We live in many environments created for us by designers, architects and urban planners. But the combined forces of cultural change, the advent of digital technologies, public interactivity and globalisation are now shifting the way these creative professions operate.

Design is opening up.

In this public lecture the speakers present an exciting picture of the future of architecture and design - a future in which all of us will play an increasing role in shaping our world.

Fashion Graduate Opportunities, UTS Alumni


From this site, I found the graphic designer for Twitter's Fail Whale illustration, YiYing Lu. She graduated from UTS Visual Communications with 1st Class Honors as well as BA Honors in Graphic Design (Exchange Studies) at Central Saint Matins (CSM). She has a widely prolific set of academic as well as industry accomplishments including lecturer at UTS, and running her own company, through to translator (English, Mandarin) for Maybelline New York and design exhibitions. Here is her LinkedIn profile. It would be a good idea to start your own. http://www.linkedin.com/in/yiyinglu

It also goes to show how successful social networking websites are in launching someone's career.

Also profiled as a successful UTS Alumi is Jesskia Allen, owner and designer of the international swimwear label, Jets. She completed a B Design in Fashion Design at UTS and progressed to postgraduate study in Tailoring at Institutio Maragoni in Milan.

Sophie Nixon, Senior Head Designer at Sass&Bide was also an Alumi of UTS. Graduating from UTS B Design in Fashion Design as a mature-age student in 2006 she had worked in various industries and undergone volunteer work experience before settling down in her current. Here is what the UTS Alumi website says:
Creative from a young age, Nixon says, "It wasn't until I travelled overseas that I realised the fashion and costume industry was where my talents could be expressed." Now Senior Designer at Australian fashion house sass & bide, Nixon worked hard for years to accrue experience in one of the most competitive industries in the world. "I worked on theatre, music video productions and TV and did a lot of volunteer work experience." She completed her B. Design in Fashion and Textiles at UTS as a mature-age student in 2006 and landed costume design work on The Boy from Oz and Priscilla Queen of the Desert shortly after - "both dazzling opportunities". Later, she cut her fashion teeth as Designer Coordinator in the launch of a new menswear fashion label, FrisoniFinetti. "It was a massive challenge - perfect for an ambitious graduate." Nixon has now been with sass & bide for two years. "I just went on an inspiration trip to Buenos Aires and we are now starting to design the next ranges for Spring/Fall 2010, which will be presented at London Fashion Week in September."

See more information on the new Creative Industries Innovation Center:
And the Australian Business Arts Foundation:
http://www.abaf.org.au/ provides information on business arts voluntering as well.

See also:
Where UTS graduates go: http://scmapp.itd.uts.edu.au/scm/gdsw
graduate Design show: http://www.dab.uts.edu.au/design/graduate-show/fashion.html

Below is a link to the UTS Design Graduates who have gone onto great careers. http://www.dab.uts.edu.au/design/for/future-students/graduate-profiles.html

Amanda Harvey - Bachelor of Design in Fashion & Textiles
When did you graduate?
I graduated in 1998.

What are you doing now?
For the past 3 years I have been the Senior Womenswear Designer at Wrangler
Europe. I focus mainly on denim design and the design of a Premium
collection. Plus, I have a tops designer and design assistant that report to
me. The European head office of Wrangler is based just outside Antwerp,Belgium which is where I live at the moment.

What's the best thing about the job?
I love the travel and I love working with denim, going on site to laundries
in Turkey, Poland and Italy, meeting denim mills, developing new fabrics
especially for Wrangler and being so involved in making sure the final
collection looks as I imagined.Plus I have the opportunity to work with great people from all over the world.

What's your best advice to upcoming designers?
Never feel like its impossible to work whereever and for whoever you want!
For almost 9 years now I have been living in Europe, before Belgium I was in
Italy, and if someone had said to me whilst I was studying that I would work
in Europe I would have thought that was impossible.

However, after graduating I entered a competition (one which UTS encouraged me to do!) that gave me the chance to get my foot in the door at Diesel in Italy, and even
though at times it felt like an uphill battle in another language and
culture it led to many different opportunities and experiences. Just have
confidence in what you do and really push to get yourself out there!!

See also Lee Mattews

Lancome colour design awards;

On Tuesday 24 April 2007, Lancôme and the University of Technology, Sydney celebrated the 3rd Lancôme Colour Designs Awards at the Great Hall, Sydney University, with an opulent fashion show and black tie dinner for 150 VIP guests.

The Great Hall was transformed for the occasion: 600 fresh South American Roses were flown in to adorn tables draped in soft white organza and flanked by crystal Philippe Stark Louis ghost chairs.

On 24 November 2006, students from UTS were briefed on the inspiration behind the Spring/Summer 2007 make-up collection “Pop Cherub” for Lancôme by Gucci Westman Neville, Lancôme's talented International Director for make-up. Lancôme and UTS - Fashion & Textiles program team selected 12 students to undertake the project and present their spectacular work at the Lancôme Colour Designs Awards judging day on 19 April 2007.

The Lancôme Colour Designs Awards judging panel, comprised of Akira Isagowa, Alex Perry, Alex Zabotto-Bentley, Alison Gwilt, Arthur Galan, Belinda Seper, Gail Elliott, Jayson Brunsdon, Jody Oliver, Josh Goot, Louise Olsen, Nick Leary, Sarah-Jane Clark, Susien Chong, and Ursula Hugnagl.

Congratulations to our winners:

The Lancôme Colour Designs Award for Colour & Texture - Lee Matthews

The Lancôme Colour Designs Award for Innovation - Laura Prideaux

The Lancôme Colour Designs Award for Modern Femininity - Robby Tjia

The three winners fly to Paris, France on 19 May 2007 to participate in the Lancôme Colour Designs Awards World Final event on 22 May 2007 at the renowned Hotel Crillon. They will be accompanied by Senior lecturer in Fashion & Textiles, Val Horridge.

The world final will include 10 competing countries including France, UK and Canada.
Pictures: http://www.zeduce.org/images/fashion/lancome/lancome.htm !!!!!!!!!
Image of RAFW featuring Dion Lee, winner of the Australian Fashion Graduate of the Year award 2007

Emma Scott-Child - Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication
UTS Visual Communication graduate Emma Scott-Child has been announced a finalist in the Visual category of 2008's Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards.

The 28 year old photographer, is currently working in London working in the world of book design creating art books for the famous Damien Hirst.

When did you graduate?
What have you been doing since and where are you working now?
I went from UTS straight into art directing a women's fashion
magazine, Yen. I was thrown in the deep end a bit, but I was lucky I did it because it meant I didn't have to spend years as a junior making mock ups like most designers do.

After that I freelanced as an art director and designed Black+White magazine, and started SummerWinter Magazine with a group of other mag lovers.

I ran my own studio in Sydney for a few years mainly doing work for fashion brands
like Industrie and Mossimo and lots of album covers. Then as an art director at Spin Communications I designed campaigns for Portmans and

For the last 18 months I've been living in London working for POP Magazine, Man About Town and with Damien Hirst designing art books.

What industry recognition have you been awarded thus far?
I won two AGDA awards in 2006 for Magazine Design and Packaging Design.

Also in 2006 I won the British Council's Realise Your Dream Award which brought me to London and most recently I won the Qantas Spirit of Youth Award.

I think the best achievements though are finishing projects that make you feel good and that you're proud of.

What's your favourite thing about your job?
I'm quite sentimental - so having something at the end of a project that you can hold in your hand and say, 'I made that' is really nice. That's what I love about print design, I'm slowly filling a bookshelf with my life's work.

What did you get out of the course at UTS?
It made me look at things in a different way, jumping straight into a project usually leads you down the most obvious path, so I learnt the value of conceptualising right from the beginning.

I had some good lecturers who would question everything we did "Why is it blue? Why is it square? Why that typface?" so you had to have reasons for every aspect of your design. This is SO valuable for real commercial jobs because clients ask all of those questions and you need to have answers for them all.

What's some advice to upcoming students?
Listen to your lecturers no matter how daft they sound. We had a guy who everyone thought was insane but his lectures had us thinking and arguing for the rest of the week and I still remember them.

Think of graduating as the beginning of something, not the end of something. It's when the real work begins. For my final project I had six months to design a magazine, then in my first job I had less than a month to do it all again.

Remember that no one expects you to be an expert straight away. You're more to likely impress people with creative enthusiasm and a willingness to learn than knowing every typeface of the 20th century off by heart.

Yiying Lu - Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication

Photo by Starry Image
When did you graduate?
I graduated from UTS in 2007.

What have you been doing since?
I have been running my own illustration & graphic design studio Yiying Lu. I'm also a design academic/tutor at the UTS.

One of my best-known works so far is the iconic Fail Whale illustration for social networking service Twitter, which has been recently featured in the New York Times Magazine and on CNN.

Since graduating from UTS, I have also been fortunate enough to be named one of 100 Emerging Leaders in Innovation by The Weekend Australian and have attended its presentation ceremony hosted by the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, at Parliament House in Canberra.

I was also awarded first place in Design category of the Shorty Awards, held in New York in early 2009.

In 2008 I won the Gold Award in the "TransLocalMotion" Shanghai Biennale - International Students Exhibition in Shanghai, China and Best Student Portfolio winner in Desktop Create Awards in Melbourne, Australia.

What's the best thing about your job?
What I love about being a designer is always being inspired, getting new ideas and connecting with people via designs.

What's your best memory during your time at UTS?
1) Living in UTS housing. It was a fun & friendly place to live.
2) Being awarded AGDA (Australian Graphic Design Association) distinction student award in digital media
3) Being able to go exchange at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London which was a wonderful experience.

What's your advice to current design students?
Have a smile on the mind and be passionate of what you do. If sometimes you're running out of ideas or inspirations do something different - go and buy a new CD or head to the park. If you're in a generally good state of mind, it's much easier to be creative and enjoy the process.

What's good about studying in Australia?

Australia is a diverse and exciting country. Apart from being a great place to get a good education, it provides a safe, welcoming and multicultural living environment. It also offers great climates & opportunities for fantastic travel and sightseeing experiences throughout the country.

Jenny Mercian - Bachelor of Fashion & Textiles

Jenny Mercian Backstage at
Victoria's Secrets Show
When did you graduate?
I graduated in 2001.

What are you doing now?
I am about to head to London to further my career in Haute Couture
which is my passion. I am also about to commence work on another Victoria's
Secret show, designing and hand crafting one off creations.

What companies have you worked alongside?
I've worked for companies such as Swarovski international,
Victoria's Secret and MAC cosmetics creating special couture jewelled pieces
for shows and adverting campaigns.

What's the best thing about the job?
Creative freedom. I am lucky that my clients have total faith in my
designing and making abilities, they let me go crazy with my ideas. I do
have briefs to follow, but the rest is up to me, which is fantastic as a

What's your best advice to upcoming designers?
My best advice to an upcoming designer is to have someone you trust
to handle the business side of things, so you can focus your energy on
creating, which is extremely important for the business and for yourself.

Donna Sgro - Bachelor of Design in Fashion & Textiles

Work From Donna's Strange Games
Spring/Summer 2008/09 Collection
When did you graduate?
I finished my course at the end of 2006, graduated May 2007.

Tell us a little about where you've been since UTS
Upon leaving UTS I was keen to start my own fashion label so I've been working at getting this established since early 2007.

Starting my own business had been a long term goal before starting the course at UTS. I have been on a steep business learning curve ever since!

What are you doing now?
I am still working at building my business and expanding my skills. I am currently organising production for my second commercial range of garments for Spring/Summer 2008/09.

What's the best thing about your career currently?
The best thing about my career is that it is self-directed and I am in a position where I can design products that have a unique and individual aesthetic.

What's your advice to up and coming fashion students?
Take the opportunity to learn, experiment and research as much as possible through the course at UTS so you can build a great portfolio by the time you leave.

I also found it really helpful to do some work experience while I was at uni, to gain an insight of what goes on in the day to day fashion world in Sydney.

To find out more about Donna Sgro, visit her website donnasgro.com or check out her recent interview on 2threads.


garçons et fleurs: IFM- Fashion Business ideas

garçons et fleurs: IFM- Fashion Business ideas

IFM- Fashion Business ideas


Our take on the competitiveness of companies : what is generally called into
question or needs to be adjusted originates in the gap between the existing offer or brand identity one the one hand and the motivations and expectations of the market on the other.

Markets run along rules that bring together sociological, economic, cultural and
geographic dimensions… in addition to the individual dimension of the client (be it
companies or consumers). However, gaps appear naturally from one season to the next in all of the markets that are subject to fashion and fluctuating trends.
It is thus necessary to carry out complete or partial surveys of brand or company identity and the businesses that run them by first asking three questions : What are the
perceptions of the market according to client segments and the main impression given by the brand or company’s identity ? What can be diagnosed in relation to the products offered by the company and its competitiveness ? What action needs to be taken ?

Using these introductory questions as a basis, IFM / Market research & Consulting organizes its analysis and recommendations, elaborated from a strategic or operational angle, along three lines of intervention :


How is the strategic environment of the company evolving?
What are the consequences and what lessons must be learned ?
What are the gaps between your identity and the positioning perceived by your target market ?
What are the targets and positioning that would maximize your impact and boost your turnover ?
What are the offers that are seen as the alternative to yours ?
What are their strengths and weaknesses ?
What relevance and legitimacy in terms of activity and brand image do diversification and range extension have ?
In a new market, what are the existing offers, what do the consumers of fashion and
design products want ?

In order to answer your questions, IFM / Market Research & Consulting uses the very latest investigative and explorative tools, in order to gauge how the current territories of legitimacy, client sensibility and prospects will react to the changes envisaged.


In a changing environment, the way you run your business is constantly being called into question.
Is your range of products in line with the identity defined, its positioning and the changes in the market ? Is your product and brand narrative correctly perceived by the consumers and clients ?

Is your pricing policy correct, in accordance with the perception of the offer and the
references ? Do the points-of-sale truly express the brand ? Do the signs given carry
the brand’s identity ?
What are the main competitors on the market and what are the differentiating elements
appreciated by the clients?

IFM / Market Research & Consulting proposes operational answers within the framework of the strategic global vision of the company ? A rational approach is the best complement to the sensibility and intuition of your teams.


IFM / Market Research & Consulting covers the overall environment that surrounds
a company as well as its own specific issues.

What impact have the changes in consumption and distribution had on the sector ? What influence do socio-demographic changes have?

What are the consequences of the globalization of trade? How do the bilateral free-trade agreements influence the flow of products and skills, and as such competitiveness? What adaptations are companies forced to make due to macro-economic changes?

What means must be deployed by a country, region or geographical zone in order
to elaborate an ambitious industrial policy and actively promote this?

At the heart of the sector, IFM / Market Research & Consulting makes its economic intelligence, the result of its privileged role as « guardian» of the profession, available to companies and institutions and offers recommendations for action that are adapted to your environment.



Vogue France


French Vogue. 

The Sartorialist et Garance Doré

Totally unrelated web purusings and came to a site that said they were dating. Weird eh?

awesome pictures of how high/low fashion is put together in practise. 

Her website telling of her experiences at shows etc. She is an illustrator. 


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