Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Youtube comments...

Reading over some youtube comments about some singers I cant believe some of the things that some people say, to people that they havent even met. Saying that they hate them, just because they disagree with what people have said?
Everyone has differently shaped opinions, we can't all be the same. If we were, the world would be a pretty monotonous place.
There is already enough hate in the world, why add to it? Especially over something so trivial...

Monday, 22 November 2010

Assignment 3 a)

Wetherell. M, ed. 1996 Identities groups and social issues, Open University :
Chapter one of this book is what I focused in on. I uncovered some interesting truths about how “belonging” and “identifying” to a group can form our behaviour. Also it looks into how big an influence can group pressure be, does this then lead on to a higher degree of conformity? Can a simple thing, such as individual difference help combat conformity? Yes…
Woodward. K, ed. 1997, Identity and difference, Open University:
I concentrated on the first chapter as it had to most relevance to what I am attempting to investigate. It discussed the ideologies of identity and difference. A fascinating point brought up which I looked into was “If identity is marked by difference, how are difference between people manifested and represented? Which sort of differences count? How is difference marked in relation to identity? What are the social and symbolic systems which classify people and mark difference?”
Guide to psychology,
I found out some intriguing things from this website such as how sometimes identity is strongly linked to lonliness and a sense of emptiness that perhaps may never be filled if they keep trying to search for it through identity.
Psychology Today, http://www.psychology :
I discovered this to be a very insightful site, I like that it is updated with new examples explaining different aspects of conformity. An example that I exposed that drew my attention and revealed some things that I did not know about conformity was “How a Notre Dame Student could die so senselessly.” :
Excellent site… It contained lots of different and valid links to different areas of predjudice etc. It contains links to essays, news articles, cartoons and more, all looking at this delicate subject matter.
Clayton. S, Devine-Wright. P, Journal of Enviromental Psychology, Vol 30, Issue 3, September 2010:
It discusses relating identity to place and behaviour. Also how identity is determined and characterized. I like how identity to most is meant to be about individuality and uniqueness, but are we really are own persons?

Friday, 19 November 2010

I have come to realise that even though comemorating the soilders that died in combat during WW1 on the 11th day of the 11th month of the 11th hour is an incrediable thing to do.
Yet it made me quesetion... Why dont we do it for other wars and all the soilders that have lost lives? It almost seems to me as if the soilders that fought bravely in the civil war, for example, deserve the same kind of recognition.
Even soilders today should be applauded for their hard work that they do for us to keep our freedom safe.
Shouldn't all of these soilders lives be equally as important, no matter what the cause they were fighting for?
In my opinion, they all deserve to be remembered given that all life is precious, and they gave theirs to save ours....

Monday, 15 November 2010

After finding out about this knitted wedding, I decided to do my own research into more unusual knitted objects here are my findings:




Friday, 12 November 2010

Today's lecture made me look at "craft" in a whole new perspective. Especially when I was viewing the video clip that included the knitted wedding. I thought it was brilliantly done.

knitted wedding   
knitted wedding

Maybe one day I will be knitting my own wedding dress....

Monday, 8 November 2010

Assessment 2

I decided with this assignment to research more into types of people as that is what the chapter of the law of the few in "The Tipping Point" is concerned with. It made me first think, why do we associate certain things with certain people, which then was followed on by why do we feel like we have to label people. Then I decided to try and look into if there was anything that could be done to challenge our own pre-conceptions. Some of the research that I did was rather interesting as apparently our pre-conceptions are to do with what we have been initially taught about a certain subject matter so the only way it seems to change this is to try and address the intital understanding of a subject matter.
The most interesting points that I discovered however, were to do with why we label people, looking in to this gave me a wider scope into the matter. It seems that we label to mark differences/distinctions and it can also mean to name something as things have to named in order for it to be known. However other reasons that I found about why we labeled people include, to be protected in some sense, to be accepted, some choose to be labelled, or maybe it is to better understand ourselves and then eventually all of this can make you question... does individuality even exist?
My answer at the moment, is no. We are all like one another in one sense, whether we would like to accept this fact or not. We may have certain quirks or characteristics that in our opinion make us "different" I will not dispute that but at the end of the day we are all human so we are not that much "different" from each other, most of us share similar personality traits to the ones our friends have, sometimes we are guilty of even conforming too much in order for our so-called friends to accept us, but if they are you real friends.... Should they not just accept  you for who you are rather than because
 you share the same "label"? Its a nice thought that isn't being accepted for who you are, but unfortunately alot of the time this isnt the case. As most of us tend to change our personalities depending on who we are with, for example most people act differently around there friends than they would do around their parents. Which can make you question... Which one is actually the REAL you?

I was thinking more and more about this so called "memory box" and thought, it would be useful for it to accomodate both old and new pictures, as to stimulate maybe some old memories that you had with this particular friend/relative but then at the same time still interesting to see in the new pictures how they have changed. So instead of just having up-to-date pictures I think it would be a good idea to consider a mixture and if this was the case I think the box would have alot more sentimental value added to it.
The reason I say this, is as I look back at all the photographs I have taken over the years, it makes me feel as shakespear once said "such sweet sorrow". To me, this signify's a good feeling and I think others will agree as looking at your previous years can sometimes bring a warm feeling to your heart. Yet your heart may be weighted down to some degree thinking of what has been that might not ever be again. So I think it would be a good thing for owners of these "memory boxes" to be able to reflect upon such things.

Friday, 5 November 2010

Friday Lecture's Reflection Time....

After a rather inspiring talk given by jewellery designer Hazel White, an aspect which I picked up on that I found to be a particularly clever idea was when she was talking about an object called "Hamefarer's kist". To try an explain this object, I would say it works as sort of memory box. It has little knitted pieces held within and when you move the pieces to a certain bit of the box, on the top lid of the box, photographs appear of  a loved one, that is associated with that particular piece. It was said to be really good for long distance relationships, for example a grandmother living in the Shetlands getting up-to-date pictures of her grandchildren who were perhaps living in the United States.
Here is an image I found on the net of this device:

A nine year old boy explaining how the Hamefarers Kist works to the older woman.

For me personally I would like to use this device to see what was happening with my dad's relatives in australia whom we have only met a couple of times. As unless we by some stroke of luck win the lottery, it will be very unlikely that we will ever be able to go over and visit them, so for me this would be a very good tool of visual communication almost, to see some of the exciting things that are happening in their lives.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

In need of inspirational compostion?? Look no further....

Looking through some of my sketchbook, I felt that one of the things the majority of my ideas lacked was good composition. So to try to solve this problem, I have been looking at several artists and designers to aide my compositional worries.
John Cage was an artist, that in particular stood out to me given his incredible use of compostion. Here are a couple of examples of his work so you can see what I am on about:



The piece at the top, I find particularly striking as I love the subtle use of the washy, almost coffee stained-like brown with the opposite combination of strong orange/red, blue and yellow circle-esque shapes that are huddled together at the bottom of the piece.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Natural Pattern Development...

BRAINSTORMING!!!! (actual the right term these days is meant to be brain shower as brain storm is thought to be sounding to violent)

In our textiles studio we brainstormed the chapter the law of the few. And then we focused more on the specific aspect of connectors...


Monday, 1 November 2010

Inspired by friday's lecture, it made me want to do a bit more research into so-called "lucky" people and here is what I found:

However a quote by Larry King, which is mentioned in this particular article :

"Those who have suceeded at anything and don't mention luck are kidding themselves."

I find myself  disagreeing with this statement as I don't believe that if you suceed at something that it is because or to do with luck, necessarily. Suceeding, in my opinion usually has alot to do with talent, hard work, and dedication. But who knows, maybe the both of us are wrong??