Study group | Week 1

S M E L L S L I K E T E E N S P I R I T
Subcultures and street styles

Today was the first day of my constellation study group: smells like teen spirit. Ran by lecturer Catherine Davies. I was feeling very optimistic about this study group as it was one I was very keen to study out of the choices we were given.

“To identify expression with visual and material culture” – How are gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, youth identity anti-establishment  values and how they are expressed visually.

We were then shown the very cleaver method useful to us for our essay, the method “Cath’s columns”.  It was three simple steps to stick to whenever writing an essay
– D e s c r i p t i o n
– A n a l i s y s
– T h e o r y

Description – To describe exactly what we see. The object, photo, design etc. Stating the colour, shape, style, pose and so on. Try not think to much about the meaning behind the description just yet.

Analysis –  To analyse everything you have described. You would then analyse it using the cultural context, symbolism and it’s associations.

Theory –  Is Theory. Academic research to back up your analysis. Find a quote by a theorist that has already stated what you’re saying. (academic perspective)

RED FLOWER | LOVE, ROMANCE | SUPPORT  FOR YOUR ANALYSIS

Having used this method we then put it to used and were given the image of Madonna during a performance on stage.

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Future Generations Conference – Day 2

My second day of conference week and after experiencing what the first day of conferences was about and getting an idea of how I though they were going to be I decided to venture out my comfort zone completely and chose two topics I was unsure about and two that not necessarily looked interesting to me but two that I was intrigued to learn more about.

Illustrating the future

This was my first conference of the day and I decided to chose this topic as I imagined and hoped it would be related to illustrations and drawing. I was intrigued to possibly learn something new that could help work skills relevant to me.

I was directed to the heart space where we were split into groups of four and given a small project. The question was passed around the groups “what it art?”.
As a group we firstly decided together what are thoughts were about the question and what we imagined it to be, we then had access to supplied materials and told create something from the question we were given. This project I found kind of tricky as I wasn’t sure what we were expected to produce but the idea was that we decide what the answer is and what we want to create as a group.

We decided to make something sculptural using all over are own ideas and combining them to make a finished piece we then hung and displayed off the balcony in the heart space and finished off by sharing what we had created with the rest of the group. This work shop was an enjoyable and new way to develop my teamwork skills and was definitely different from how i imagined it would be when I signed up for it.

Diving into future through ritual and mask making

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Future Generations conferences – Day 1

 

Today was the first day of the very diverse conference week and I was certain it was going to be something I have never experienced before. I entered both seminars open minded and very optimistic as I had no idea was to expect as this was  my first time attending a conference. I was hoping to learn new ideas and intrigued to hear what other people around the arts department has to say about the topics I had chosen.

Into the woods

I decided to chose into the woods in particular as I enjoy being outdoors and exploring nature so this was something that caught my eye and I was intrigued as to what it could be about. The main question that was revolved around the conference was:
“can children escape the screens?”
The women holding the conference works with young children and we looked at different ways artists and architectural designers can inspire the future generation to get outside and interact with nature. We looked at two schools, one in Bali and one in Fuji where designers built schools in a way that brings nature inside and closer to children, making it a safe environment for them to play and learn.

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Bali – Indonesia

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Fuji – Japan

“can we use technology to get young children more involved with nature?”.

We discovered that a lot of nurseries and early year schools are using gadgets to make fun games and activities to encourage more children to go outdoors. The debate was brought up by some that using gadgets to get children more involved with nature isn’t them necessarily escaping the screens, where as I was pleasantly surprised with how many children enjoyed using this method and argued it was a very cleaver idea.

Capacities for destruction

This was my second conference of day one and this one was one I preferred the most out of the two as I felt a lot more involved than the last conference as we were encouraged to interact with other people in the group as well as the people holding the chat. Being in a fairly large group we were split into a smaller group and worked together to discuss some topics that was brought to discussion and I found is very interested to see what other people had to say and to get myself really thinking about the question:

“what habits do we have that effect the world?”
we brain stormed some of the man made things we thought effected the world and I was surprised by how a lot of day-to-day things we do can be so damaging to the environment.

 

 

keynote lecture | guest speaker: David Huit

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Co- founder of Hiut Denim Co.

During the first day of conference week we were given the opportunity to attend a lecture run by guest speaker David Hiut. It was such an honor to be able to hear his story of success and his attitude towards his business. The journey he had taken to get where he is now was one of the most inspirational and engaging speeches is have ever heard.

Having sold his previous business Howies to Timerland he spoke about how he found himself running a global business and recently having his own window at Selfridge’s as part of their “Bright New Things” exhibition.

Leaving the lecture had me feeling so driven within my own work and some of the words he had said stayed on my mind. I was so very grateful to be given such wonderful words of advise from some who has come from the bottom, accepted and flourished failure but used all the negatives moments in his life to reflect and move on from.

“Define your fears not your goals” 
Interesting things happen when you do interesting things
“Dreams should scare you”
“Purpose makes you strong. Purpose + ideas = change”

NO WASH CLUB
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RULES

  • Six months without washing.
  • No cold dips in the bath.
  • No showers.
  • Rain happens, get an umbrella.
  • Freezing them is allowed.
  • Airing them on a washing line is allowed.
  • Rest days are allowed.
  • If you are going to try, go all the way.

Mothers of Africa | Quilt

T O P | L E F T – H A N D | S Q U A R E
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As a class before the Christmas holidays, we all participated in the making of a quilt to raise money and awareness for the charity Mothers of Africa. Each of us designed a square patch to be sown together and put up for auction within CSAD.

We got the incredible opportunity to meet and talk to a lovely Docter who lives and works in a small village in Zambia, Africa. Due to the lack of money the healthcare in Zambia is very limited and with one 4 doctors in the local hospital and 1 operating room, unfortunately this results in a very high death rate. The money raised will help fund the hospital and provide better healthcare.

I used opaque binder and pigment dye to create the burgundy colour which I think complemented the sandy colour of the fabric really well. Once the dye had dried I used a yellow thread to sew around the pattern giving it a defined finish. I enjoyed this small project as it was rewarding knowing how much of an amazing charity the money will be donated too as well as working together with my peers to create the quilt.