I'm a Writer
I'm a writer. Not only that, I'm now a published writer. That essay I mentioned in my previous post was published in December by the university and is now available on the online journal, named PAD (Perspective in Art & Design). My paper can be found by clicking the tile with the image of the cherry blossom (at the bottom of the page). The next page will show a preview of the paper, and the whole thing can be downloaded as a PDF using a link at the bottom of that page.
Kirsty explores the importance of cultural symbols in her study of Japan and the cherry blossom in her work Enduring Japan: Craft, Culture, and Symbols of National Identity. In this paper, she reveals the ever present links to Japanese tradition and culture, in a national whose presence is clearly located in both modernity and the past. Her work exposes the deep cultural value symbols have in societies that are in a constant state of flux. Kirsty is a final year Textiles and Surface Design student.
Also, a big thank you to my tutor (Malcolm Clements) who made me sound so much more intellectual in the above description of my paper, and for asking me to submit it in the first place. We've had a mention not only on the university blog, but on the arts council website as well. It's all very exciting! Hopefully my dissertation gets chosen for submission as well...