CCS: Essay// Notes- Development: Notes.

I’ve had yet to talk about this or even mention it with in this blog, I wasn’t sure if I’m suppose to, but I wanted to share all of the neat discoveries I embarked upon while I was researching the topic of the Printing press.

I’ve decided to focus my final essay on the subject of Luther and how his translations, and many different sources which were created with the press helped to challenge the church, in not just communication and mass spread of information, but how it dominated their manipulation towards the people with in German society of that time.

At first, especially when it came to doing the case study, I was interested only in how a press operated and how it started off, but now I’m finding all of these interesting links and it’s left me with different questions to ask myself, so I wanted to share what I have so far.

Notes so far:

  • beginning of press- discovery, how it came about
  • Gutenberg’s plan and how it proceeded
  • how did the church react, how did monks react
    publishing of materials, pamphlets etc
  • How did his press affect those who were using letter press before?
  • how did everyone else with in society respond?
  • what was the over all transformation?
    Church, control. -Main body
  • Focused on Luther and church.
  • How did he come about and started to distribute, translate?
  • what languages? why?
  • what was the intention?
  • How did the people take to this?

  • what was they gaining ? what did they want from the people and were they controlling people the views?
  • Why did luthers views change the people and challenge the church?
  • what kind of people were interested and persuaded by the church and their views?
  • What am I trying to state/reflect on this? what is it I want to say?
  • How did the church manipulate these peoples views?
  • Did anyone else get involved?
  • What did Luther do in response to their dismissal?



At the moment, I’m bulking up a lot of my draft notes and trying to form it in to a well-structured argument, but the only issue I’m probably having right now is with narrowing specific info down, so it’s clear.



Mapping the imagination

‘Gelam Nguzu Kazi (Dugong My Son)’, David Bosun.

When I brood about the subjects of maps, I start to think about collections. The many collections of details, line, curves, colours, data, countries that are all on one sheet of paper, and how they can express all of these assets with just a layout. However, when it came to exploring in to this particular map: ‘Gelam Nguzu Kazi[Dugong My son]’, I was left enthralled by how expressive and different it was, compared to the many maps I’ve seen previously.


(‘Gelam Nguzu Kazi (Dugong My Son)’, David Bosun. 2001)

This map in particular was created by David Bosun, using the process of linocut on paper. Young artists with in the 1990’s in the Torres Strait Islands, North of Australia started to rediscover the local material culture and they decided to make linocut prints to celebrate the traditional visual patterns, myths and many of the other stories that they had found out about.

Apparently, this print in particular tells the story of shaping the land and they have used the map as a narrative. That’s one of the most intriguing aspects I have found out so far about this map, I would’ve easily mistaken it for simply another image, though, with its explanation beside it, I can fully understand what’s going on with it. It does start to make me question, whether there are many other unusual forms besides maps for story telling or for the opposite. For example, if there was another way of showing or expressing the directions to get some where or the location of a place, but it’s depicted in another form, other than just a map. Thinking further on this, I feel that how the artist was able to portray a whole story with this form alone is very creative.



CCS: Gender essay draft

Level 4/ Mini Block 3/ Contemporary design practice

In this essay I will be discussing the theme ‘Gender’ and from three chosen examples (Hello Kitty plush, Men’s Vogue and Jean Paul Gaultier Classique.), they will be used to highlight how gender is socially constructed, maintained and embody certain characteristics through their design.

The term ‘gender’ doesn’t necessarily come down to what sex you are, it’s important to first distinguish that “gender” is different than “sex.”  In short, sex refers to your biological differences, which is equal to male and female.[1] On a frequent basis, designs for toys, clothes, other objects, or media and marketing are influenced and/or try to encourage different set expectations for both female and male.

Since the moment we are born, we are automatically encouraged to follow a certain role. Girls wearing pink, while boys wear blue. We are gendered based on our appearance. From the initial swaddling in either a blue or pink blanket we are taught what is “normal.” [2] Many people may categorise specific products and match them up to a male or female based on this theory as an example, but there’s more to this. (more…)

CCS notes- A bit too late of an update– Gender

Here are the collection of notes, I had to gather up in preparation for my final essay. I chose to do the subject theme of ‘Gender’, as I had quite a lot to say about gender and how images, or designs could influence gender or could connect to the subject. I also felt pretty comfortable talking about the topic, due to having quite a few items around my house that easily slot in to this topic.

The James Bond phenomenom- a critical reader – edited by christopher lindner
page 170

“Michael dennning qualifies the argument about gender relations in Flenning’s fiction. situating the bond novels in the particular social climate of the 1950’s and 1960’s, he argues that they articulate ‘the new organisation of sexuality in a fetished mode that continues to surbordinate and oppress women.”

ian fleming and james bond the cultural politics of 007


imagining women cultural representations and gender
edited by frances bonner, lizabeth goodman, richard allen, linda janes and catherine king


You’re a mean one, Mr Punch…

Continuing on from my last discussion about the puppet, I found out some more information about how Punch first came around. So, to keep a note on it; I’ll post it here so  you all can check out my notes from it :

  • Punch was born from the inspiration of a live theater clown/actor from the Naples. The actor was called ‘Punchillo’.
  • They came to Covent garden 1662 for Charles 2’s wedding(?).
  • Samuel Pepys noted it down in his diary that that was the earlier reference of seeing punch,which was also in Covent garden
  • Punch’s personality, act, look and clothes was based on the actor/marionette.
  • After the second world war, free punch and judy shows were given at weekends in the parks of the east end of London.
  • children living in poverty were sometimes taken to the zoo or the beach on a day out, and a punch and Judy show would inevitable be included.

To be quite frank,  this information was useful to my studies, it confused me a little, and yet, the confusion was to be expected as I found myself to be skimming over the information in most of the books found. In spite of that, I have learnt quite a lot about Punch and how he’s created a tradition that could be considered as both ‘Modern’ and ‘Post modern’, but at the same time, I would of never thought that people would get so fussy over a puppet throwing his own wooden baby out of a window for their own entertainment.

Also, apologies for those who have been waiting for an update to this particular subject; I’ve practically buried myself in my notes and research in order for me to find somewhat of a link between the object and it’s history.


On Their Own: Britain’s Child Migrants

Quickly going to throw this exhibition out to everyone: On their own: Britain’s child migrants.

Touching, but a small exhibition that highlights the time of when the British children migrated during the war. It features items that they kept with them, their stories of how they went through it and what happened and some photographs.

It’s not an art related one, however, to find out some new, historical things from the people who experienced the huge tragedy may come in handy for any future projects. I originally attended this one in search for an object to talk about for my essay, but there wasn’t any that caught my eye. I also didn’t think there would be any further information on an item there, if I did find one.