Wednesday, 23 October 2013

COP 3 - Lecture 2

Lecture 2 

Organising your research project:

- Go to library and get the book 'doing your research project'
- Study section in the library 
- Approaches to research
- Quantitive vs Qualitative 
- What metrologies suit your project best 
- What and how are you going to research 

Which are the best methods  
- Quantitive (Methods of research such as statistical data, numerical graphs, analysing trends, a body of peoples opinions, surveys and questionaries 
- Qualitative (content, theory, philosophy, different set of strategies)
- Action research (If your project is 'experiment through practice', real world situations, action in the situation, reflection on the moment)

Planning the project 
- Write down all the questions that you want to ask yourself 
- Consider each on their merits and focus on two (primary and secondary) 
- Write a 'first though' sheet for each 
- Central question and secondary question, what am I trying to achieve and is it achievable ?
- Decide on a 'working title' 
- Project outline

Consider timing 
- 12 weeks today DEADLINE 
- Consider holiday / Work / Life 
- Think about the different aspects of your working title that will needs addressing 
- Allocate timings to each 
- Draw up a project outline based on the above 
- Allow generous time for initial reading and writing up 
- Factor in tutorials  

- Find out all the key texts on your chosen subject, plan time to read these
- Find secondary sources/ criticisms of key texts (triangulation)
- Do a literature search 
Use journals (

Organising table 
- A grid or timetable which documents all books, harvard reference, key concepts, comments, application and questions to document what links with what 

- Does the research involve other people, will there be participants 
- Does it involve participants who are particularly vulnerable 
- Will the study involve the discussion of sensitive topics (sexual activity, drug use)
- Are there issues of safety 

- Make a bibliography immediately 
- include all details  HR (name, forename, date, place, publisher, page)

- Discuss with tutor about what type of questions you wish to ask 
- Avoid ambiguity, can't be vague must be precise  
- Avoid double, leading, presuming or offensive questions 

- Structured and unstructured interview
- How will you analyse the questions 
- Plan the interview / prepare the room 
- Interview yourself and the purpose of the interview 
- Record the interview (permission required) to transcribe 

- Decide exactly what you need to know 
- Participent / non - participent observation 
- Request permission 
- Prepare and plan observation carefully
- Devise a suitable grid, checklist or chart 

Critical diary 
- Make sure you are clear about the purpose 
- Be disciplined - regularly update a personal dory or offer clear guidelines/ deadlines 
- Achievable targets 

- Dont procrastinate 
- Plan research methods carefully 
- Select the most appropriate research methods for my project
- Complete an ethics self assessment 
- Complete an extensive literature review 
- Document all stages of the process carefully 
- Produce a detailed project outline, with timings, and stick to it 
- Get the most from your supervision 

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

COP 3 - Flower Power - An American 1960s Movement

Flower Power - An America 1960s Movement

When people think of America in the 1960s, they often have a romanticized idea of a decade of great music, liberal idealism, and Flower Power. It was the time when the post war baby boomers were in their adolescence, embracing counter culture ideals, expanding their minds through all kinds of drugs, and truly, living life to the fullest. The Flower Power movement reached its climax at the Woodstock Festival held in upstate New York in 1969 when an estimated 500,000 people lived in peace and harmony for three unforgettable days. Let’s look at some of the unique characteristics of the times.

Art and Architecture

The artists developed on the styles of the fifties but there was a more contemporary feel to their work. Pop art, minimalism, abstract art, assemblage art, and environmental art gained popularity during this period. The art displays the positive attitude of the artists, reflecting the affluence and technology of the period. A lot of futuristic design was introduced in architecture. With the modernist trend, tall buildings dotted the skyline and designs tended towards streamlined contemporary. There was a predominant use of light and space.

Fads and Fashion

Initially, fashion was conservative, following along the lines of the fifties. Soon, the huge number of teenagers dominated and created their own fashion. Men had crew cuts and women sported bouffant hair styles. Women wore knee length dresses though by the mid sixties, hot pants and miniskirts had become the rage. Women had short hair and men started growing their hair and mustaches. From casual plaid shirts, men started wearing bright colors, turtlenecks, wide ties, double breasted jackets, and pants suits in polyester. The Beatles popularized the Nehru Jacket among men. Bell bottoms, batik prints, fancy t-shirts, and love beads were worn by both sexes. The sixties saw the launch of Barbie dolls by Mattel and GI Joe by Hasbro. Skateboarding had become very popular, thanks to the Californians.

Historic Events and Technology

Civil rights was one of the major issues being championed in the sixties. The feminist movement gathered momentum, fighting for equal rights. An eco drive was started to reduce pollution and preserve nature. The Peace Corps were formed to improve living standards in third world countries, promoting peace and anti-war messages to all countries. Social movements were on an increase during the sixties. There was constant competition between the Russians and the Americans with regard to outer space research throughout the decade. Automobiles made the transition to a cleaner and simpler style. The computer was also invented in the sixties.


The start of the sixties saw the return of Elvis Presley along with a few other popular singers. The Motown record company was set up, promoting blues and rhythm. The Beatles from England also become very popular in the United States. It was really the golden age of rock music as artists like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Byrds, the Who, the Beach Boys, and many others produced music which defined the era. There was a change towards psychedelic rock in the mid sixties largely due to the influence of drugs. Pop, Reggae, blues and soul were a hit with the youngsters. The mood synthesizer was developed, creating a change in the music scene with a lot of experimentation.

Theatre, Film, Radio, and Television

The sixties were the era of musicals with many hit musicals like Hello Dolly, Hair, Funny Girl, Camelot, and others. The more popular of the musicals were made into movies like My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music. Movies moved towards the unconventional and James Bond movies were in great demand. Radio was the main source of music and there was an introduction of the FM frequency in addition to AM. Television series were becoming popular with I Dream of Jeannie, The Flintstones, The Beverly Hillbillies, Bewitched and The Lucy Show.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

COP 3 - Presentation feedback

Tutor name - Simon and Richard

Issues discussed at the time:

- Significance of flowers, capital of nature
- The language of flowers, symbolism
- William Blake and Shakespeare
- Emotional connection with flowers
- Role of the flower in social movements
- Arts and crafts movement
- Nouveau, art into design
- Nature, beauty and femininity


- An exhibition - Touch, feel and smell flowers
- Flowers and graphics
- Depictions/ representations of flowers

The feedback I received highlighted the research and ideas I have so for COP so far, I aim to continue researching and investigating thoroughly into the topic of flowers.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

COP 3 - Presentation

COP Presentation informative notes:

"Does the significance of flowers lie in artistic nature of commercial value?"

The nature of flowers and the value of their existence
- To start of my research I began looking into the evolution and historical significance of flowers.
- Topics like Science History Culture Symbolism 
- Gathered some interesting facts like: "the earliest fossil of a flowering plant is dating back to 125 million years ago"
- Which lead me on the Charles Darwin's fascination with flowering plants, "abominable mystery" - Charles Darwin 1879

The language of flowers:

- The influence of flowers in global culture 
- Flowers and their symbolical meaning worldwide
- Man kinds emotional connection to flowers 
- Florigraphy, which is coded messages within flowers. 
- Flowers have a symbolical meaning world wide, whether it be beauty, love, remembrance, birth or death. 
- The message conveyed through giving someone a flower can mean different words in different cultures. 
- In terms of literature looking at William Blake and William Shakepeare, 
- Look at how poets write about flowers in their work, using them as symbols and similes in their poems. Literature is art only in written form. Writers and artists both understand the connection between flowers and people. 
By the early 1800's people where using flowers as a secret message to convey their feeling to others. This was spread world wide by the 1830's.
- Red poppy means consolation 
- The use of the poppy was inspired by the Word War 1 poem ''In Flander Fields'' by John Mcrae, 1915. First used by the American Legion to commemorate american soldiers (1914-1918), and later adopted by military veteran groups in the commonwealth especially UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
- Symbols MeaningsSemiotics 
White poppies - alternatively worn to show pacifism (belief that violence, including war is unjustifiable) - peace sign is widely associated with pacifism 

Which lead me on to Social change of the 1960's:

- Revolutions 
- Historical events
- Political ideologies 
- Topics like: Flower power, how hippies embraced symbolism 
- It's rooted from the movement against the involvement of the United States in the Vietnam War, demonstration started in the U.S in 1964. 
- Visited at the War Remnants Museum in Hoh Chi Minh city in vietnam, took photographs of propaganda posters from the American phase of the Vietnam War.

The influence of flowers in art and design:

Flowers have always been present and always will be present in artistic forms. 
- Some of the most influential and popular pieces of art and design are associated with flowers.
- Some examples are iconic works from William Blake, Van Goph,
- A lot of fashion designers use floral prints in their spring summer collections, theres a market and a lot of commercial value in floral prints
- in particular for interior too, very homely and pretty
- Nature Beauty Femininity 

Primary research:

- Photographic documentation of Asian flowers
- Investigating artistic, religious and cultural attitudes about flowers and comparing it with western culture 

Secondary research:

- Flower and butterfly exhibition at the Natural History Museum.
- Photographic documentation of flower design through historical art movements. 
- Went to a flower and butterfly exhibition at the Natural History Museum 
- Trip to the V&A museum, document floral design through the historical movements 

Practical side:

- Produce an exhibition where people can look, touch and smell flowers.
- Collect evidence of what people feel and think of or associate the flowers with. 
- Create publication based on the exhibition results.
- Peoples emotional connections with flowers
- Colour, size, smell and feel, look into textures (processes )
- Do some form of exhibition where people can touch, look and be emotionally connected to flowers, reminders. 
- A study on mankind's deep and emotional connection with flowers, produce a publication from the results 
- Fun and creative 
- Pin point flowers on a globe of flowers which have had associations with historical times, events, global culture
- Incorporate how flowers are globally significant for different reasons yet mean often the same thing but in different words. 
- Informative publication about flowers and mankind emotional connection to them 
to represent how flowers are significant to mankind

Friday, 18 October 2013

COP 3 - Primary research - V&A Museum

Whilst in London I visited a couple of galleries and museums, the most helpful one was the V&A Museum as much of the art work documented a change on floral design applied to different products.  These are some research boards I put together showing a wide range of art and design from many countries and cultures all showing elements of botany. 

Thursday, 17 October 2013

COP 3 - Primary research - Asian flower photography

Whilst travelling around South East Asia during the summer I used the opportunity to photograph a collection of flowers from the Asian origin. 

Location: South East Asia
Photography: Lisa Marina Burns
Date: July 2013

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

COP 3 - Lecture 1

Lecture 1:

Aims synthesis 
Reflection, theory, action 

Written and academic investigation 
Design and art interrelation 
Cohesive research project, with practical and textual outcomes 
In- depth critical research 
A coherent written argument and related practical investigation 
Analysis and evaluation 
Critiqued and developed 
Has to be reflection on theory and making 
The work undertaken will reveal the students appreciation and application of research approaches and methodologies 
Method - a way of proceeding about something in a systematic or logical manner  
Methodology - the science of method, employed in particular activity 
400 hours study for a 40 credit module 
6-9000 word element 
DEADLINE 17th JAN!!!!!
14 WEEKS!!!!!!!!! 
4 hours work per day FROM NOW!!!!!!!
Try have a substantial draft submitted by XMASSSS!!!!
Knowledge and understanding: 
Demonstrate an independent critical understanding of aesthetic, cultural, historical, technological, social, political or other contexts relevant to individual subject disciplines. 
Cognitive skills:
Ability to use logic, reasoning and critical judgement to analyse ideas from a range of primary and secondary sources, and employ critical and theoretical methodologies to evaluate examples from the revenant subject discipline 
Practical and professional skills:
Evidence the capacity for undertaking a wide range of independent practical and theoretical research that demonstrates and informed application or critical, effective and testable process. 
Praxis - theory and practice 
Fill in proposal form!!!
Is the project viable!
Come to the next tutorial with as much information as possible, all research, break down to key component parts 
Creative practice ' behind ' research
Creative practice ' in front of ' research
Creative practice ' in through ' research
Creative practice ' for ' research