Monday, 4 May 2009

Sleepy Lady and Wee Man

I was just imagining if either of thess two people will need Palliative Care or would use any kind of therapy, perhaps they do already, she had a green top on with flowers and she was fast asleep unaware of me using her as a gift to me and my project, she was quite popular as her phone never stopped ringing when we were coming into Dundee, she was really nice to draw. So was he.
It has been great having a visual journey through this course, I don't know if I would have coped as far as i have without it, all i know it helps me i just don't know how.

Salty Girl

Will Salty Girl help me to know the current and anticipated business envronment for the results of this design project?Perhaps this is a good time for new business ventures and speaking to Jamie Henderson at innovative portal.
Or will it be beneficial to the stakeholders? will it be beneficial to my career after i leave here i think so.
It helps me to relate and reflect on my drawings and using them as therapy so have i ran a pilot on myself, does it help me to cope with things, like remembering and striking up conversations with people about what i do,will it help those who need it? I aim to do so, cause no one has a magic foresight to predict who will need Palliative Care, we all need care in some shape or form we need things from other people, we need research so that we learn from that and move it somewhere else somewhere different, although i think i am not particularly needy i am really.

Living In a Box

They look fun don't they although it is not a fun thing which I am about to embark upon but hopefully i can use my skills and help them.
Who are the key stakeholders in this project? if you had asked me this question about 6 months ago i would not have known how to answer it, now maybe i have a better idea, The NHS will be a big stakeholder, the patients themselves and their families to name a few.

Salt People Lying Down

The salt people will help me with my question answering,Why is this project needed? for example Why?? that is the million dollar question probably because the people in Roxburge House are going there because they are unwell so it is needed to help them deal with things like their anger, frustration, I am no Therapist but what I am trying to achieve will have a small effect to some, one or all...

Salt People

Some of these I made by hand and others i cut using my gingerbread cutters can you tell which ones I made, I think they are funny and they make me laugh, they can be picked up and interacted with which is what i want to do during my Mindful Design Practice, also they can be put in the houses and boxes,need to get some hidden pockets done some quick and dirty prototypes, also the people will help the process as they can be moved

Ms Salty 2009

My goodness what a big lady, just trying to imagine what they would look like together, they are both fragile which i like, that could be her house and gift, don't know what i will do with them when i have finished this module, great to draw a map to map out where Roxburge House actually is in Dundee so that at least it relates to what I and my project are speaking about. Have them set out in little streets leading to Roxburghe House eventually,on my last visit there it is a lovely welcoming place with lots of art works which the people there have worked on during past projects, it is great for them , they are running a few things there like gardening and reike massage, good ..

Salty House

Just a few ideas for 15 questions we have to answer, instead of balloons, ideas for wallpaper which could be used in Roxburghe House, as well as the blanket, which will tell a narrative of all the people in there, met again with Jimmy Orr and Diane the Occupational Therapist, and filled in disclosure forms, which Is a great step forward in the right direction very exciting, I have enjoyed making the little houses and people, have also made ginger bread men , women and children, that sounds a bit horrid i sound like some mad geneticist,The little boxes could be used to keep things in as they are fairly robust, going to make a fabric house so it will be different from the others, made another salt dough house but it is so fragile, still it is lovely tried to stitch it together did not go so well but will persevere, at least I am making something tangible.

Little Salty lady with a Hole.

Just trying to imagine all the happy people who are in Care homes, I know they will not look like this but again a little humour is a good thing, we also have to answer some questions such as costing things out, will a spreadsheet suffice, behind little lady is a small house which can be built 3d if needed and to keep my ideas in, these could be stitched together suggesting a blanket or something that the clients want to have on their part of the blanket, as it is about them and not me.

Drawing and Little House

This helps me to synthesise my design ideas for mindful design module we are doing,helps me to imagine how it all fits together etc,just to imagine how it will all look like together,how the models will be used to tell stories of the people and personnas I will give them. Mostly why I am doing this project, and what am I trying to accomplish. Had an article to write which was 2,500 words on your subject, I wrote on Palliative Care and Art Therapy, well how art therapy can be used to aid people, reading books on art therapy was very interesting but none of them gave me a reason as to why Art Therapy works so well.

Sunday, 29 March 2009

Chat with Lauren.

We had a meeting last week with Jill who is the external assessor for our course she suggested that i have a chat with Lauren Currie, so i explained what i was thinking about my project, i have wanted something left, something left for the future, a physical thing that is left behind, i think i keep everyhand written thing, a future wish if you like. How would this affect the recipient and the consequences of the letter, maybe if someone has commited a crime, a hidden pocket so that perhaps i can stitch something into. Lauren suggested Psychology of wishing and that i check out her www.douceurs; Why people wish? When people wish when they see a shooting star, wishing you a happy birthday, when you sneeze one's a wish, two's a kiss, wishing a merry christmas, all the best, dandelion wishes, wishing well, wishfull thinking , wishing your life away.
Think of a name I have been thinking of words Trust, Time,Visual Literacy,Simplicity,Tactile, Memory,Lasting,Longevity,Community,Togetherness,Faith,Culture,Personality,Representative,Comfort,
Hermanuetic Phenomology, so that they can be used to think of a business, buy a wish, give a wish, make a special wish, using my skills as a textile designer, printer illustator to keep their dreams alive.

More Little houses

During my chat with Beth, we both sang from the same book which was lovely and she thought that my ideas were good and that they would work well at Roxburghe House if I was making the blanket then they the patients would be involved with the whole making process, as all I need is fabric, different haptic fabrics , fabrics that have a comforting feeling to them, things that are simplr for them to do and that they are able to do and I can help them, I will take my laptop in so that they can have anything they want scanned into Photoshop and they can help and see what is going on, some of them can be used to make the blanket perhaps some used to make a book or even wallpaper. So that the blanket and book stay long after I have gone, it has meaning , memory, comfort and longevity.

Little House

Lots of little houses , I have put some of my drawings inside them just to get an idea, how would they be used it is just imagining who would need care, these little models can be used for Mindful Design Practice exciting and not balloons.......Beth will be a great help and perhaps I can ask her things and the course she is doing will help me see the use in my project, it will be a great thing I hope it will work as i still want to give them little gifts.

Little house.

I made this wee hoose from paper, it takes an hour from cutting it out to glueing it, although I did not make the door big enough and perhaps may not be too user friendly, so perhaps a blanket would be better as it would be functional and keep them warm.

Grace sam and Jo

During my researh I have read a lot on Palliative Care and I realise that the research that has been done before has great benefit to these people in these homes, they use it to aid them , it helps them to cope better, I know that I am no Therapist or Occupational Therapist but I am willing to learn, recently I have met with Beth Robertson who worked at Roxburghe House and knows what these patients can and cannot do, so I explained to Beth what I would lke to do she seems to like the project What isthe role of visual narrative within the Community Hospital setting ? We had a kind of brain shower I think it is called now and i have been making paper houses as a kind of "home" setting like a little memory house where they can keep their memories in, Beth thought that perhaps the houses were too fragile and that if they fell to pieces it would have implications for the patients as they would feel more fragile than they do already, they have gave up their homes to be in their new homes, so things around them that make them feel secure will help.

Emily, Brandi and Annabella.

I have been kind of struggling with things recently and not quite seeing my project in the whole , I cannot see an end in sight the more I research the less clear things become, I am frightened to email Mike Press for a tutorial in case what I have handed in is rubbish,I know that I just cannot go on thinking like this does anyone feel the same? This drawing memory is from the Connected Communities group project.I know that ultimately my drawings help with the memory gathering and that they will be a great tool for me to use and that it will work to my advantage. As I will make it happen.

Random Starbucks

Quick sketch in Starbucks,committing those people to my memory sketchbooks, so it helps me to recall the ambiance of the day and the people there. I think it works well but I know that the peolpe in Roxburghe House may feel a little intimidated by it as I do committing pen to paper on that first page is always a scary prospect as it is always the first thing to be seen but it is always a good thing as you have conquered a fear and sometimes it is just like the introduction of a book, it just leads you in and gives you a flavour of what is to come, sometimes I get embarrased by my drawing but I do enjoy them, as I enjoy engaging and listening to people, I know that this project is not all about me it is about other people and what they would like to do and how I can help and will help them achive this goal.

some Random People

A lunch time out in Dundee, I went into the Overgate and with my sketchbook and pen and did some sketching ,it was great just sitting watching , it is a great way of capturing images of these people quickly so i was imagining whether one day these people or even me would be in a care home one day if that care home should be palliative or not, just sitting drinking a giant latte I was wondering what they were talking about, creating persona's for these wee people, I try and not bee too intrusive when I draw them and try and not stare too much.
Also keeps the drawings fresh as not drawing the same people.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Dr Kathleen Mcmillan

Having to write a 2,500 word either an academic writing or a journalistic article on my project, so have found a lot of things on Palliative Care, basically it is any form of medicinal care that focuses on the reduction of the severity of disease symptoms.So it was interesting finding out different ways in which Art Therapy can be used, It helps patients to adjust to their diagnoses through research already done it seems to work better within groups safety in numbers, they get support, solace and strength from others, even though the case studies are sad they are rewarding for everyone involved, although sometimes I wonder who supports the carers. Jenny Soep emailed me and said she did some work with Norman Alm, and said she liked my blog and my drawings as they are a good way of remembering and recording as you can get alzheimers in your 20's how scary.

Dr Kathleen Mcmillan

What am I learning to be a facillitator, Jayne Wallace whom we had a lecture with a wee while ago, I gifted her some of my drawings via the interweb so she wished me luck for my project, I loved Jayne's work as it is really lovely, mainly because it is crafty and very much craft based the things she makes for her clients are very personal to her, she is making them for other people to stimulate memory, this is what i want to do , as sharing memory is a great platform for conversation and eventually trust, hopefully I will be able to engage with people the same way as Jayne does. So perhaps it is good to see my work move in different directions.

Dr kathleen Mcmillan

!6th Feb had a talk with Dr Kathleen Mcmillan on emailing etc and the write choice of language to use when emailing so that was useful, so again it was great Kathleen gave her time to us, and so of course took the opportunity to draw her, and Qin also was there . Drawing for me is a great way to record my memories so that feeds into my project of giving..

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Reflective Tuesday10th Feb

Imagine, is it OK to imagine? is it healthy to imagine? Are we doing imaginary reflecting or are we just imagining, What?I know this does not make sense to me , doI mean it is good to imagine, are we too scared to imagine, mostly I imagine getting through my Masters, sometimes I have a hard time not understanding things, this is OK as i ask for help, I find it hard to link thing together perhaps there is a link to Mondays module as christine suggested I need to become a facilitator for the moment, will look back on Tom Inns facilitation notes..

reflecive journal with Jonathon and hazel, Tues 10th Feb 2009

We had a meeting to discuss the reflective journal, i think i am still a bit confused about the whole thing as i don't really know what i should be reflecting on, is it only Tuesdays, yes it is silly me, only to find a what to connect our journal to every module right?
Hazel reflected on this morning as she hates lateness and so does Sara Keith, i was glad i drove like Stirling Moss to get there on time, as i would have been really embarrassed, so it was good to get there on time, Sara was there just 2 minutes late, we were all there .
Jo's journal was used for the afternoons session i was glad it wasn't mine, i would have probably ran away or got really defensive. Well i am only human, maybe i should give my journal to someone, but who to trust, as it is a trust thing right? Sarah Kettley this morning also suggested that trust is a big issue in her work, as everyone has their own piece to complete on time, what if this didnot happen? So she would probably remember this and never work with that person or company again.
Hazel is going off to Split, don't know ifthis is spelled correctly,she is going to a seminar as they are interested in her work, she is going in the guise of a young scientist, she quipped imagine when i get off the plane and they see me! So i reflected when she said this maybe i could get her a white coat and put one of my drawings on it, stitch it on as it is quicker, what do you think?

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Drop Science not Bombs

Chris had a great t shirt on today with a robot on it.
Talked today with Jo, who had a book called Guerrilla Art by Keri Smith,it looks a lot of fun, she also has another book Wreck thisJournal, brilliant idea, kinda like passing the folded paper game, when you draw something and pass it to someone else and they draw something else under the folded line.
Why do i like it?? Can you not guess? It has drawing in it.

Sarah Kettley 10th Feb 2009

This is Sarah Kettley, who is in our studio until Easter, she is interested in how jewellery is worn, her work is crafted into designing wearable computers.
Her work with Speck Net, what is Speck Net?? It is a new concept in information technology and has the potential to change the way we communicate and exchange communication, the specks are very tiny semiconductors that can sense and compute and communicate wirelessly., each speck has its own renewable source of energy.
Thousands of specks can be scattered or sprayed on the person or surface, these will collaborate as programmable computational networks called Specknets.
Does this sound reflective ? , i went and looked at her website as i wanted to reflect on what she was saying today,i was curious as to what she did, so now i know.

Sara Keith 10th Feb 2009

I would like to"Gift" Sara with a drawing what does anyone think??
Any opinions ? Does any one really care?
I liked this drawing they help me recall things, what they were saying , what thet were wearing etc, and perhaps to reflect on things, i tried to do a wordle, it worked but i could not get it on my blog, can anyone help??

Sara Keith 10th Feb 2009

Sara Keith, was professional but it would have been good to have seen some of her work, i will google it right now.....She did some collaborative work with the jeweller Roger Morris, her work is very crafty, she describes herself as a maker rather than an academic, her piece Silver wishes is based on Shibori technique, Japanese work of dyeing, she uses this to resist and mixes it with textiles and metal.
I think it would have been good if she brought her work, maybe she had made her beautiful coat she had on.

Sara Keith 10th Feb 2009

This drawing was done on Tues, Sara Keith came and gave us a chat or is it a lecture on funding, just as to where funding can be had, depending on age , that puts me out as i am a little older, Sara was really well dressed and i wonder whether she designed her own clothes, she graduated from Glasgow School of Art in costume design, then she got into television and film, i wonder what films?
She stressed professionalism, she certainly looked the part, she was stressing how important it is to get your funding forms in on time and that they are well presented.
She teaches at Dundee in the Textile Department, my old home, she is still using her textile practice in her PhD work with metal and fabric, do i still use mine? Probably not as much as i would like but that is OK, it is still a skill i have.
Yesterday Kate and i did a little collaborative work together on memory, we tried to come up with different things to help with memory just like Norman Alm and Dr Jayne Wallace, i think Kate had Jayne's paper so we kind of used that, i enjoyed it, it was good working with her perhaps we could do it again, we used a quick and dirty probe, Plasticine and whatever else we could find, to imagine what we could make and how it can help me.

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Febuary 3rd 2009.

Drawing i did during our time with Kirsty, looked at this again it looked really unexciting, so i thought i will try and write a little more, i am becoming more scared about my critical writing we have to do for the 18th Feb, been reading The Guardian daily in the library, found some exciting stuff, some on parents not vaccinating their children against measles. Is this a ramble? I also have no links in my blog as it is supposed to have, Lauren did show me but i can't do it, i will have to ask her again.
I keep wondering about her bruise though, i hope she is ok.

Kirsty Miller 3rd February 2009

Kirsty, has a bruise on the back of her hand, i hope she will be ok, maybe i can make some pockets to keep things in.

C.V writing with Kirsty Miller

Kirsty Miller came in today, I was fascinated by her Cardi and Cords very tactile, think cord is a good fabric as it feels nice when you run your fingers along the nap and it makes that unique noise when you walk fabulous, i remember i had a pair of wrangler cords back then they were fashionable, tee hee, any way they were brown and had the sign on the back pocket it was on the right pocket, these were well worn, so the cords were too long so my mum took them up, so when you grew the cords were taken down and new afbric appeared at the bottom a dead give away, i don't know why i wrote this but it was the cords i just love them. I no longer have any cords.
Kirsty had sparkly buttons on her cardi and had pockets , what lives in there? Does she have a favourite thing in there??

3rd February 2009

This was a session today with jonathon and Hazel, they were asking whether we had been or have started using our reflective journals, our journal needs to have good links as Terry Irwin said everything is connected, so perhaps connections are needed between the modules or is it the way you link it al together??
Sometimes when i buy the Sunday papers it takes me until the next Sunday to read them, i bought the observer the time when learn to play guitar so i thought i would be slash in no time alas no, i can only manage chords, oh well i try in my head i am shredding....
Had a go on wordle today it looked good but don't know how to get it on my blog??? Mixed wards came up today whether men and women should be together on the same wards, why not?? this is the new millennium right!! Maybe the ladies snore too much or the men are a bit more flatulent ..Radio 4 was mentioned today, i like radio 2 and radio 1 but i will give it a go, I also googled Ralph Baker he is an American football player, so i did it again i think he is an author who compiled the M series, but i could be wrong!!
Remember no one does anything they don't enjoy, is this true? i am sure we all have, i know i have, but then do we follow or lead, do we want to fit in , or do we crave difference??.
This spell checker is great only a few mistakes today.
It has to be enjoyable.

Norman Alm 3rd February 2009

Norman had a great blue checked shirt on , I felt sad as his team have come up with a wonderful tool, that he is not allowed to use it, I mean outside his research? Does anyone feel the same?

Norman Alm 3rd February 2009

Dr Norman Alm, who is working on a programme with patients with dementia, his team came up with idea of a visual scrapbook which is an excellent idea. The first attempts of this was perhaps not so successful due to the photographs being too personal and the dementia sufferer not recognising family members, this was upsetting for the families , the patients and Norman, so they used generic photos etc to stimulate memory so as to get the patient to interact to share their stories, memories etc.
Many of the people with dementia spontaneously commented on how they enjoyed using the programme, this gave the carers respite also so that they were not in control of the conversation, the people themselves chose what they wanted to talk about. Short term memory sufferers live in the moment. Norman was told that his research could only be used with dementia sufferers of a less severity, does this make sense? So does this mean that those of a more severe case were not included?, this is a shame, are these people of lesser value, must frustrate him as his research is so valuable to health, Norman also said that you have to think of different ways to communicate as you lose language skills when the dementia gets worse.

Sunday, 1 February 2009

How to read critically, Wednesday 29th January 2009

A critical reader.....determines how much weight to assign the article, weighs the effects of motives and biases, both his or her own and those of the author, is more concerned with finding the truth than being right, does not reject unpopular views without examining them first.
How to write a critical review? You learn to construct an argument, it is a focussed activity(in contrast with essay writing)
How to do it ? Describe the work and its topic, the author, the subject the relevance and who it is pitched at, be descpitive and short.
Explain "the craft" of the book , what the author brings to the field, the sources used and the approach, the arguments, the intention of the book, it is not a summary of contents, but an analysis of approach and intent.
Evaluate whether the goals are met.
Purpose, Why did the author write the work? What did the author hope to achieve?
Content, is there a central thesis or argument, what are the author's.
Author's style, hoe would you descibe the style, for example is it simple, logical,technical or wordy, is the writing style suitable for the general public or for a target audience of "experts".
My goodness what a lot to remember by the time i have thought about all this i will have forgotten what i am supposed to do!!!

How to read critically, Wednesday 29th January 2009

Preview , looking for background information, looking for information evidence you can use to support your own argument, seeing how a particular author develops.
Who is it written for? What is its purpose? what is its style? What is its general comment?
Scan the content, is it worth reading in detail? What does the introduction say? What conclusions are in the text. What details/data/further reading does it provide, we need to for this module we need to write a 1,500 word piece on an exhibition as long as it has a catalogue, a paper , or a book we have read. Exciting eh?? So i will give it my best shot and see how it goes, as long as i have all my points i need to remember handy i will do well!
Read, identify the author's most important points, recognise how they fit together, note how you respond to them either annotate the text if it is your own book or make detailed notes.
What is the purpose of notes? They focus your attention and make sense of the text, notes are a form of external memory, a symbol of progress, makes sense of your course and project.
A critical reader....follows evidence where it leads, considers all the possibilities, relies on reason rather than emotion, values exact thinking, considers the source material before deciding.

How to read critically, Wednesday 29th January 2009

Description, why do we do it? Structure , how it does what it does?
What are the topics discussed? What are the examples and evidence used? What conclusions are reached. How have they convinced you? What sources are used?
Interpretation, reading what a text means, why do we do it? we are looking for meaning, we examine what a text does to convey meaning, how patterns of content and language shape the portrayal of the topic and how it relates.
Text Image, what are the difference between them? What are the similarities? Do we read them in the same way? Do we consider the craft of their creativeness in the same way?
Critical Reading, is not simply close and careful reading. It has goals so that we are able to recognise and understand tone and persuasiveness, that we understand the author's purpose, recognise bias and analyse the use of evidence, examine how a text reaches a conclussion, make judgements about how a text is argued.

How to read critically, Wednesday 29th January 2009

These notes were taken during a
talk with Prof Mike Press.
How do we approach? how do we find? how do we evaluate, how it helps us to think?
Why do we read? We read so that we can understand ideas, not to remember facts, reading also helps us to develop and challenge our own thoughts and ideas, to know where relevant ideas and facts are located, it enables us to challenge ourselves, to construct a rigorous argument, to test what is familiar. Mike showed us "Mary had a little Lamb" and we were to explain this in our own words, mine went a bit awry and I ended up talking about some stalking lamb, oh well try again.
Restatement of "Mary had a little Lamb"
Description of "Mary had a little Lamb"
Interpetation of "Mary had a little Lamb"

Talks about Mary and her stalking lamb. RESTATEMENT what the text says.
Talks about the story within the nursery rhyme DESCRIPTION what a text does
Talks about meaning within the story INTERPRTATION what text means

context and cohesion 29th January 2009.

To end on a joke whets your appetite seemingly, what if you don't know any jokes, "what is big, red and eats rocks?" A big red rock eater, this makes me laugh , can you imagine a big red thing eating rocks, what kind of rocks would it eat, perhaps metamorphic ones, Why does it eat only rocks has it got a eating disorder.
Bring in appropriate but quite diverse extras, the mind boggles, Working backwards helps also i have been told and Steven Fry also loves design and also writes some design reviews.

context and cohesion 29th January 2009.

session on writing with Mike Press and Jonathon Baldwin on Wednesday, they were saying that to have a good style of writing is appropriate whether it is academic, reflective or journalistic. Everyone in Scotland could read and write, there was no social class structure to this, which i did not know, Why was this mainly due to the the church everyone was to read the bible and have a universal literacy , writing according to Mr Press is about a set of techniques i hope these techniques work for me as i am not that confident in writing, Jonathon said that to read is to write, you cannot write if you don't read, this makes sense, but sometimes perhaps my interpretation of something is entirely different to someone else. I guess that is what makes us all different, Jonathon suggests that if our writing is well written, saying one thing clearly and has a good argument, expose to understand the difference between the two, looking at a piece of writing and see how it is written.

Thursday, 29 January 2009

during chat with lovely suit man Ken

quick sketch of the sofa dwellers on tuesday, do we need to reflect on tuesdays and link it into our course that i am not quite sure any one care to help?

smart scotland

again wee drawing when we were listening to this guy i think his name was ken,can someone help if this is a lie??he had a proper pin stripe suit on and mister men brogues, i love mister men brogues, his time is precious to us and him, so i thank him, and everyone in the masters and ethnography for putting up with my constant staring at you all. I have found the spell checker on my new lap top hooray no more spelling mishaps, think i would like to revisit my drawings again and embellish them, put some new ones up in my space some colour is needed

jamie henderson

jamie henderson came in to talk on tuesday, he is from innovation portal, he was telling us about how to get money , to tempt us to set up on our own the cheeky boy, i got a bit immersed in the drawing today so not many notes on reflection , i felt a bit pressured to draw everyone maybe i am putting too much pressure on myself, jamie gave us his time for that i am grateful he was good to draw , although did noy finnish his suit weave,

tuesday lisa cresswell

lisa works with mike on the deign against crime team, be positive, be curious, be determined, communicate, be patient,have fun.....pushing the boundaries, be confident. the skills that you have got and adaptability, i suppose she has a point , it is not about new learning but learning more about what you already know.

same day tuesday

again the same day this drawing of mike is not the best but it was only quick sketch, keep evolving your process focus and research, i guess every thing evolves every thing changes every day, i try and not to get lost in the drawing but sometimes it is just so hard not to, to imagine the fabric etc and to keep focussed on what i want to do, sometimes i just don't know what i want to do is this natural, other peers in my masters have a great handle on things me i feel like i am a salmon swimming the wrong way.

tuesday 27th january 2009 with Prof Mike Press

A talk on design against crime and terror with Mike Press, talked to us about the importance of a good team, work with the best people and give them their heads (try to keep them) find your own place in that team and refine your specialist role, it sounds , say YES to things even if you know you can't, this is not lying it is bullshitting..

same day monday

Jayne also was very mindful of her precious participants, she was very mindful of them which you need to be , as i need to be more mindful of my spelling, sorry , she also said perhaps that if you finnish things too much they become too precious to you, so she makes multiples which is a great idea,she also trusts people and they her which is a lovely thing these people will know she will not exploit them.any comments ??????

On monday wehad a talk with Dr Jayne Wallace abut her lovely jewellery

This was a lovely day she is a nice person, very natural i thought and the way she spoke aout her jewellery was heartfelt, she used probes to get people to share thoughts with her, alsoworking with people with memory problems, also i wemt to see Jimmy Orr who works at Roxburghe House , to hopefully do some volunteer work , to work with people in palliative care, so i will work alongside the occupational therapist,creating something that the daycare patients want to do, very exciting, so Jayne suggested that perhaps i use myself and my drawing as a probe ,what do you think?????I think that creating gifts for these people will be a lovely thing also a longevity to it memory a lasting thing , that will survive, things that they can create for their children or just to be left in their New Home..for others to comment on or even read. So that they might not feel so lonely.

this was the image i wanted to usefor the reflective journal

to develop critical thinking,to record the experience,not thinking then writing, thinking through writing.

Thursday, 22 January 2009

New module with Prof Mike Press and Jonathon Baldwin.

Our new module is Context an Cohesion basically in this module we all have to write something on our study for our masters, for next week we have been given two papers to read, written in completly different styles we have to discuss them and say perhaps what we liked or didnot like about them, i have read the first one by Anna Gerber and Teal Triggs, shall i try and say what it was about you see i am not that confident a writer ok here goes...basically we listen to and are lives are shaped by what critics think of design whether graphics or architecture,a new course is being set up in london so that people can use their critical voices . Critics perhaps have too much of an influence on what we all think, like , whether it is good or bad design they will decide for us rather than us having a choice ourselves, this is not all of the paper but i hope i have got some of the jist...........