End of Year presentation

At the end of the year, we had a presentation in front of Sharon, Marianne and several of our classmates. I wrote down some speaking notes for each slide so I would know what to say when I was giving the presentation.

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Introduction

Started VisCom being multi-disciplinary and all about activism. I’ve changed a lot and given myself the time to develop my skills and let the ideas work with the process rather than being the forefront.

 

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Statement of intent 

I wanted to work with feminism and LGBT+ rights with my main medium being graphic design. Many factors influenced me away from this. Activism is still a really important part of my life, I just don’t think it’s where my career will primarily be.

 

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Artists 1

I’ve looked at a variety of disciplines, primarily looking at concept driven work but also those with skills I really admire. The most influential artists on me have been the ones I’ve referenced for my projects.

 

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Artists 2 

I’ve always loved embroidery and photography and I still want to incorporate it. Through bookbinding as a primary practice, I can keep including these in my work.

 

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Projects

I haven’t done much to do with LGBT+ rights or Feminism this year other than for my COP1 project. However, I have done things that have had a lot of close personal meaning.

Vis Ex – Cities, home and Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
COP1 – Changing Sexual Education to be more comprehensive and compulsory.
SDP – Persuading people to read more great books

 

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Narratives

This was a lightbulb moment where I realised I loved book-making. Working with my best friend was great and really made this project special.

 

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Books 

My love of books tied together my work, social life and passions. I’m pretty set that books are what I want to throw myself into. There is a lot of scope with books, I could make photo books, illustrated, embroidered, artist books, novels, poetry books, factual books etc.

 

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Booktube

I started a youtube channel where I talk about what books I’m reading and making. I’m treating it professionally and networking to get my name out there. It’s raised my confidence, makes me really happy and means I have set goals and schedules that go throughout the year so I’m always doing something.

 

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Rome 

Rome was a defining point this year. I got to go somewhere and see things that I’ve wanted to see for years. I got closer to people and had an incredible time.

 

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Friends

I started the year feeling very isolated because all my closest friends were miles away. My flatmates and Molly and Amy have helped me through this year and I would love to collaborate with Molly and Amy on our work in the future.

 

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Summer plans and 2nd year

I plan to get a job this summer to pay my rent but there are other things I want to do that are more to do with my practice and social life. I plan to do a lot of reading this summer, I have a really long ‘to be read list’ which I want to get through a lot of. I want to continue with my youtube channel, making a variety of content to do with what I’m reading and making. My tiny recommendations went down really well at the exhibition so I want to start making them for every book I read. The difference here is I want to make them as miniature versions of the books themselves. I have a few commissions from friends as to books they want me to make so I’m going to be designing, binding and documenting them.

My summer will begin to inform my work throughout the second year, beginning with Visual literacy.

 

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Summary

This year has been better than expected and I feel ready and excited to expand my skills and ideas in 2nd year

I think my presentation went rather well, I spoke confidently despite feeling extremely anxious and trying to suppress that feeling. I forgot many of my notes even though they were in front of me, but I think I gave a good presentation about my journey throughout the year.

At the end of 4 presentations, we were asked questions by the audience. I was asked 3 questions.

How many subscribers do I have on my youtube channel?
As of the presentation, I had 17 but I described my plan to use multiple, connected, social media to brand myself and get the word out there about my channel and my work.

Why did I start a youtube channel as opposed to using a different platform?
I think my passion for what I do comes across better when people can hear me speak and can see my mannerisms.

Who in my life supports me and my work?
My friends and family often praise me for what I’m working on but I have a couple of friends who give me constructive criticism to help me improve my work which is really helpful.

During the rest of the presentations, I made notes of the questions I had for everyone about their presentations.

Molly 
Where are you going from here?
What are your hopes for 2nd year?

Elise
What materials and processes are you hoping to explore in 2nd year?

Poppy
How are you going to work on your weaknesses?

Zoe 
Do you want to go more into 3D illustrations as well as 2d?

Fern
Are you leaning towards travel and food photography exclusively or are you keeping your options open?

Aimee
What does Sheila Gill do?
Do you get to produce and sell your own work or is it just hers?

Tom
Are you wanting to do more concept driven work following on from the work you did throughout this year and foundation?

Callum
Is work that evokes emotion and a sense of community where you see yourself going?

Hope
Are you looking at pattern design, fashion and 3D textile work like the artist you were looking at or are you leaning more towards embroidery?

Megan
Do you think that installation is something you want to explore further?

 

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Summer plans

We had a lecture by Marianne about 2nd year and what we can expect, during which she set us some summer work.

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I am the kind of person who gets the itch to make art and work on personal projects during the summer and I get really, really bored if I’m not doing anything. This summer, I’ve set myself loads of little projects that I can keep doing throughout the three months I have off to keep myself busy and improve my skills.

I plan to create a blog that I can tie my twitter, instagram, goodreads and youtube channel to so that people can check out my updates on all the platforms I use.

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I have a lot of things I want to read this summer. I want to read and review a mix of novels, plays, graphic novels, short stories, poetry and art books. Everything I read this summer I want to review. I’m going to post video reviews on my youtube channel but I may also do more detailed written reviews on my summer blog.

 

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My tiny recommendations went down really well at exhibition so I want to refine these. I’d like to make each one specific to each book. I also want to try and design one for every book I read this summer. I also want to try either leaving them places or handing them out in the street and see how it goes down.

 

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I will continue to regularly upload videos to my channel, documenting everything I’m making and reading this summer.

I also have a couple of specific pieces that either I want to make for myself or someone has asked me to make.

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My friend asked me to make her a blank recipe book for her to write her favourite recipes in. I found this fabric which was baking themed and is in a style that she really likes so I want to get to making a hardback, fabric covered book for her. Depending how many pages I put in will depend how I bind the pages.

 

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The next is a sewing piece on a piece of fabric I have that I really like which I want to put on my wall. I want to tapestry stitch the quote I’ve edited above onto this fabric, paint the hoop either black, white, grey or pink and glue the fabric into the frame. This is just a personal piece I want to make to get back into some sewing.

 

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 I did a few of Becca’s tutorials at the beginning of SDP but I didn’t make any of them into actual books so I want to try binding some books using Becca’s tutorials.

I’m very excited for this summer and all the things I’ve set myself. I have a tendency to get bored in summer but I think this one will be an exception

A year of exploring Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde has always been my favourite classic author. This year I have re-read The Picture of Dorian Gray, read two collections of wit and wisdom and seen a performance of The Importance of Being Earnest.

Wilde has such a poetic and elegant style to his writing which makes you think about what he’s talking about in a deep and critical manner. One of my favourite quotes is by Oscar Wilde.

 

“Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.”

― Oscar Wilde

He has such interesting perspectives on women, marriage, love, politics, art, music and I love everything he writes. I love to surround myself with his work to keep me thinking critically about my own. If I’m constantly in a mindset of critical analysis when it comes to my work, then I can help myself to improve what I do.

Re-reading The Picture of Dorian Gray was a really interesting experience for me. The first time I read it, I was quite young. I understood the meaning and language, but I didn’t appreciate it as much as I do after my second reading.

I have a very different perspective on this book now that I have experienced more of life. Before, the book seemed like a cautionary tale of how your vices and vanity can be your downfall that was meant to shock the reader into expelling their corruption.

Upon reading it a second time, I still believe that it is a tale of how your vices and vanity can be your downfall, however I don’t think it was mean as a method of curing readers on their corruption. Instead I think it holds a mirror to the reader, their sins, corruption, secret desires. It touches on humanity’s desperation to preserve youth and beauty, to be innocent, beautiful and happy.

The preface is a short but interesting commentary on art, what it means to be an artist, artists’ place in society and how art should be viewed. The first time I read it, I had no intention of going into art education. Obviously now I have gone into art education, the subject of the preface is a whole lot more relevant to me, my art and my practice.

Here is one of the few places I disagree with what Wilde is saying. I do believe that something can be art if it is useful. In the century and a bit since Wilde wrote this preface, art has evolved to be a much more multifaceted thing. There are now forms of art that are functional and, being on a multidisciplinary course, I see that more than ever in the other students at Leeds College of Art.

I think many of his views ring true of fine art and classical art, such as “Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex and vital”, however, as a visual communicator, my aim in the creation of my work is to communicate a specific idea or theme. Diversity of opinion, whilst being exceedingly important for feedback, could be seen as a flaw in the effectiveness of my communication of said idea.

Applying this book to my life since my first reading, Dorian’s descent into debauchery is so much more believable. There are people in your life who will corrupt you and you will end up making a few bad choices. This book shows us that these bad choices can lead somewhere very dark if we do not choose to be better and atone for our mistakes.

Dorian never makes the choice to be better and is constantly blaming other people for his mistakes and misfortune. He blames everyone else for the problems they have, even when they’re a product of his actions. He never blames himself for his own problems, even when they’re a product of his actions.

This book chronicles a man who cannot see fault in his character, only his face, drown himself in his own vanity and lack of identity, wreaking havoc on the world around him.

I feel as though I am more equipped to take on the world now that I have read this book and I shall grow more as a person because of it. The Picture of Dorian Gray has taught me to be critical of my work and my actions, take responsibility for my mistakes and not rely on excuses to get myself out of things.

Reading some of Wilde’s greatest quotes, bound up in one book, made for a fascinating read. When spread out across many pieces of literature, many of Wilde’s greatest quotes can often be lost within the texts.

I looked at one of the quotes from the books I had in closer detail to form my opinion on iy, its truth and relevance in today’s society, more than a century after it was written.

“Whenever people agree with me, I always feel I must be wrong”
– Oscar Wilde, The Quotable Oscar Wilde

This one particularly rings true for me, however only in terms of when I say something is ‘perfect’. I am constantly critical of my work and myself so if I said either was perfect and someone agreed, I wouldn’t trust their opinion. No piece of work I make is perfect. No person is perfect. Given infinite time and a wide variety of opinion from every single person who has ever lived and will live in this time, at every point of their lives, accepting these opinions and finding a way to please everyone, you could achieve perfection. This is, of course, impossible.

I constantly rely on conflicting opinions and criticism to form my own opinions and to grow as a person. If everyone agreed with me all the time then I couldn’t grow or improve as a person or an artist.

When I saw The Importance of Being Ernest, I found myself watching the audience just as much as I was watching the play. It was really interesting to see how people reacted to the humour in the play.

Oscar Wilde said that he wrote the importance of being Ernest for those with a sarcastic and cynical sense of humour. Although I really enjoyed the performance, I don’t think the actors portrayed it this way. The exaggerated the humour and cut back the serious cynicism  which isn’t something I liked.

The audience however loved it and there was constant laughter and applause through all three acts of the play.

Although I didn’t begin the year thinking I was going to read a lot of Oscar Wilde, I’m really glad that I did. I think I will continue into summer by reading more of his works and reviewing them.

A girl like her review

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A girl like her is a fictional documentary about bullying in an American school. This documentary was very highly praised and is used for educational purposes in some schools so I thought I would check it out.

The style was a mixture of documentary footage, hidden camera footage and Avery, the bully’s vlogs. It used this mix of footage types to show the effects of bullying on the character Jess, showing her life during the bullying and the aftermath of her suicide attempt as well as Avery’s side of the story. The style makes it really realistic and relatable which is why I think it’s probably so acclaimed.

It also means that every interview and shot is carefully selected and edited to illustrate a point. I had to keep this in mind while watching it so I could form a critical opinion on its accuracy and what it was saying.

 

The opening scene is a compilation of shots of Jess, filmed by Brian which is really personal and sweet. It makes you relate to Jess and start to understand their relationship. It shows Jess really happy and smiling with her friend. After the title screen, it cuts to a first person camera view of Jess walking around her room

The go pro footage of picking up meds and objects makes you engaged, as if it’s you walking around, doing these things. I really like explanation of camera working and capturing what’s going to happen to her contrasted with a moment she probably doesn’t want people to see. A first person perspective of a suicide attempt is very powerful imagery.

The radio talks about how idyllic the school, it sets up the story to prove it wrong. The documentary crew come in to start doing interviews about the school when they get the news of Jess’ suicide attempt.

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The do some interesting interviews with people who knew her but not well. It was like seeing her life from the outside. It begins to set up Avery and her friends as the probable cause of what drove Jess to attempt suicide.

The documentary crew ask Avery to do some video diaries to show what her life is like. Showing Avery’s vlogs really humanises her which confronts the image of bullies we have been given, they they are demonic, bad people who ruin lives. She sees herself as a regular girl and although she isn’t trying to make her peers commit suicide, that’s what it leads to

The teachers talk about their struggle with dealing with bullying is something that was a really good point to bring to light. Many teachers have a really hard time trying to get to the root of bullying and trying to stop it happening. This was followed by countless kids saying they wouldn’t help her or do anything is shocking, but also a very common opinion. These two perspectives show that the problem is systemic and is so much bigger than just kids bullying each other.

It’s really interesting to me how they showed Avery’s mother blaming the coach for her daughter not getting onto a sports team when the coach’s reasoning was Avery was a bully. If the mother is going to blame other people then how can Avery confront that she is the problem and her actions are harmful?

Avery’s mother obviously has an image to uphold that she holds her whole family to. This can be seen in the horrifically awkward dinner scene where she tries to show how functional, happy and conversational they are. Avery’s family is obviously not functional and the mother spends a lot of time acting very ‘Oh woe is me’ because the rest of the family don’t want to go along with her theatrics for the camera.

Seeing Jess’ best friend open up about the footage was interesting, these kids decided there was no one who could help them so they took things into their own hands and documented what was going on for 6 months because they felt there was no way to immediately stop it. I’m confused as to why she agreed to document it but didn’t want anyone to see it. There’s no purpose towards correcting the problem.

I find the fake glitches in the footage quite annoying and unrealistic because Brian is shown to have a good quality camera and when it’s simply sat on a desk recording, it’s unlikely to glitch the footage so severely.

Avery’s nasty side is revealed, in a huge wave of her hate speech and physical violence. It all comes on in a montage of clips of her abuse of Jess over the 6 months preceding her suicide attempt. Jessica’s breakdown is an understandable reaction and I kind of felt really attacked just by watching it. It highlights how trapped she felt and how she had no way out that she could see but suicide

There’s a quick interjection asking about manipulation of the footage which seems kinda pointless, it doesn’t really add much.

The PTA meeting was a really interesting point to show how people are butting heads trying to find a solution to bullying. The parent who mentions helping the mental health of the bullies is spot on.

The film takes another moment to show Avery’s home life to remind us that she is troubled and human.

The film does a good job of expressing the involuntary vow of silence that kids take on this issue. Through Jess herself, Brian not saying anything but desperately wanting to, Avery’s friends and the other bystanders at school.

Avery’s relentless denial of her actions is both frustrating and powerful to watch. Again, the mother steps in to play the victim card on her daughter’s behalf. Her judgement is so clouded. She even goes as far to say it’s all Jessica’s fault, which of course, it isn’t Slowly, Avery is made to realise that it was her actions that lead to this and although it wasn’t her intention, it still happened because of her.

The character of the interviewer here is very interesting, she is not judgemental or rude towards Avery, she is very understanding, gentle, caring. She asks about Avery’s mental well-being and is genuinely concerned for her at the same time as wanting to show her how damaging her actions have been. I think this is a really effective method to helping Avery reach this realisation. Because the interviewer is not abrasive, Avery doesn’t feel the need to be defensive and she is open to what the interviewer is saying. Avery reflects this in her vlog after this interaction and how the interviewer has made her feel supported as well as getting her the help she needs to atone for her actions.

Before Avery sits down to watch the footage of the bullying, her mother comes along with another narcissistic interjection about how no one can support Avery but her. Most people who hold opinions like this are not trusted advisers because they only want to help you to boost their own ego. Whilst I do believe Avery’s mother cares for her deeply, I think most of her on screen portrayal is an act for the cameras of trying to be the perfect mother.

The shots of the vigil I found very annoying. They spent a lot of time at the beginning showing Jess’ isolation and how Brian was her only friend, everyone else barely talked to her, that is seems like they’re only there to inflate their own sense of self importance. This doesn’t add anything to the overall message other than people feel a selfish guilt for not helping her.

Interjecting Avery realising what she’s done and what is happening to Jess in the hospital feels messy to me and I think that putting them constantly contrasting in the same segment takes away from Avery’s guilt and horror at what she’s done. Again, the interviewer comes in with an astonishing support of Avery and acknowledges that it’s hard to see yourself doing such horrible things and being faced with the consequences of those things. It ends with Avery admitting she’s a bully and Jess waking up. As if Avery’s admission of guilt makes everything go away.

I thought this film was very powerful and I can understand the acclaim. My problem with it lies in the editing. The glitches were unnecessary and annoying, as well as unrealistic and there were many pointless shots and comments throughout that didn’t add to the film at all.

This film had a new take on bullying and showed how many people bully others because they have problems themselves, whether they’re concious of it or not and we need to help them as much as their victims.

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I went to the site they posted at the end of the film to see what they had on there and it turned out to be two videos, one from Avery and one from Jess and Brian.

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Avery’s video shows she’s in therapy and working out why she treated people the way she did. She says her story has helped others realise they’re hurting people too. There was an interesting point about how she only saw herself as a bully but now she sees it as what she DID not who she IS. Nobody told her she was wrong which was a big reason it kept going for so long. She has obviously undergone a lot of personal development and change within her, it’s very positive.

Brian and Jessica’s video shows Jess 3 months after leaving hospital. Jess realises there were so many more people who knew who she was and that she wasn’t as alone as she thought she was. Brian notes the change in Avery and how different she is now that she is in therapy, she is much nicer.

I found Jess’ perspective interesting but kind of not as necessary as Avery’s because everyone knows the victims story, they get therapy and they live with it.

After watching these videos I went to look at the website for the film.

The have a page showing that this film and the other things they provide are used in the community as a resource for parents, teachers and students alike. The whole site heavily promotes collective group action and says that with this systemic problem, we need to come together for a solution.

I think this is a film that could really make a difference and change the way we approach bullying in schools. It could really benefit a lot of people and help form the solution to this age old problem.

 

 

25 Invisible Benefits of Gaming While Male – Feminist Frequency video discussion

FeministFrequency is a Youtube channel created and hosted by Anita Sarkeesian. The videos they make are commentaries on gender representation in popular media, for the most part, video games.

Sarkeesian has received a lot of negative criticism over the years because of her inaccuracies, her use of other people’s footage, without asking permission to use it, in her videos and the fact that she has disabled comments and ratings on all videos.

25 Invisible Benefits of Gaming While Male is a video based on the article,  “Playing with privilege: the invisible benefits of gaming while male” by Jonathan McIntosh who is one of the producers for the channel. It is about the ‘luxuries’ the male gamers all have.

 

I saw this video a while ago and recently decided to show it to one of my friends who, like me is a gamer. I wanted to see if any of the things Anita Sarkeesian talks about ring true for him as a male gamer. We paused after each point to discuss it to see if we agreed or disagreed with both the video and each other.

I am fully aware of male privilege in the world, however, I also believe that different aspects of your life depend on your privilege and how they work together. Calling this list the ‘concrete benefits that male gamers automatically receive simply for being male gamers’ is inaccurate. You don’t know what genre of game they’re playing or if they’re playing online or alone. The video game community has also grown and changed a lot in the past few years so how relevant this video is, or will be a year or two from now is debatable.

We went through the points in the video, one by one, pausing after each one to discuss it.

One: Anyone can choose to be oblivious to harassment. It’s also not just women who get harassed. I personally have never been harassed whereas my friend has.

Two: Again, I have never been told this, when I’ve said to people that I like video games, most people have been positive and the rest haven’t cared. My friend on the other hand has been told this for some of the games he plays.

Three: I have never had experience of people doing this to me or any of my female friends so I’m not really scared of posting my gamer tag anywhere. My friend is a very open person and likes to meet people so he said that the same is mostly true, although any fear comes from homophobic harassment, not gender related.

Four: I have been asked this before but not for a long time. This was true of 4/5 years ago, but not any more. My friend said he’s been asked to prove his gamer cred and has been shot down for playing a game a ‘girly’ way or not conforming to gender stereotypes. But again, he says that things are changing and that hasn’t happened for a while

Five: I have never had this, ever. People have assumed that the reason I was into games was I was dating a gamer at the time, but they never assumed I was faking interest. My friend said he had never had this either.

Six:This one we both agreed with. There are very few women who are prevalent in the video game industry.

Seven: This can happen at cons but it can also happen to men. My friend and I know people of all genders who have been groped or harassed at a convention including ourselves. However the event staff are very good at dealing with it at the events we have attended and have a zero tolerance policy for it. Their policy is gender neutral so no matter what gender you are or what gender your harasser is, they will deal with it equally

Eight: We just didn’t think this was true

Nine: I have experienced this minorly, but not for about 4/5 years. I had some online players impressed that a girl had won the match we were playing. I didn’t feel marginalised for it though, I felt like I was beating the stereotype and proving that it shouldn’t exist. My friend has had this on a few occasions.

Ten: I’m assuming they mean my hormones… I can safely say it’s never affected my gaming experience either my playing or people talking to me. My friend however said that people had insulted him about a lack of testosterone.

Eleven: The only times my opinions about video games have been dismissed by anyone is because the person I was talking to didn’t care about the video game. It was because the topic wasn’t interesting to them, not because I’m female. My friend has been attacked for his tone of voice, but he said it was related to sexuality not gender

Twelve: I’ve felt this pressure before, but not for 4/5 years. As with most of this list, I think this point is becoming less and less relevant as years go on. My friend said that he had experienced people saying that because he didn’t like ‘manly games’ that people had told him he wasn’t a gamer but the stereotype he felt was being enforced was the ‘camp gay guy who likes girly things’.

Thirteen: I’ve bought a variety of games in store and have never been asked this. More often than not, the cashier and I will have a discussion about similar games and give recommendations to each other. I am always treated as an equal by them. My friend has had this because he does not fit into the stereotypical male gamer profile.

Fourteen: This one we both agreed with to a certain extent. There are very few women who are prevalent in the video game industry and many games are targeted towards a certain demographic. But when an industry picks a target audience, that is not their sole audience. Especially when selling a product, a company wants to sell as many as they can so they market it towards the group they think is most likely to buy it. If people outside that group buy it then that’s a bonus for them. Although target markets in the video game feed into gender stereotypes, they have never been harmful to me or my friend. If we want a game, we don’t worry about if we fit their target demographic, we look at the quality of the game.

Fifteen: I want to interject with a list of female protagonists/supporting sides/villains from the past few years:

Lara Croft from Tomb raider
Nilin, Olga, Scylla and Madame from Remember me
Ellie, Tess, Sarah and Riley from The Last of Us
Elena, Marlowe and Chloe from the Uncharted series
Bayonetta from the Bayonetta series
Jade from Beyond Good and Evil
Farah, Elika, Kaileena and Shadee from the Prince of Persia series
Jodie from Beyond Two Souls
Elisabeth from Bioshock Infinite
Faith from Mirror’s edge
Catwoman from Arkham series
Evie, Elise, Aveline, Caterina, Shao Jun, Mary, Lucy, Rebecca, Lucy Thorne and Lydia in the Assassin’s creed series
Purna and Xian Mei from Dead Island
Alex from Half Life
GLADoS and Chell from Portal
Tally, Miranda, Liara, Ashley, Commander Sheppard (Optional), Samara, Morinth, Kasumi, Jack, EDI, Aria, Nyreen, Dr Chakwas and Kelly Chambers from Mass Effect
The warden (optional), Morrigan, Leliana, Wynne, Flemeth, Queen Anora, Mhairi,  Velanna, The Mother, Hawke (optional), Bethany, Aveline, Isabella, Merrill, TallisKnight-Commander MeredithCassandra, The Inquisitor (optional)Vivienne, Sera, Josephine, Dagna, Fiona and Calpernia from the Dragon Age series
Fetch, Trish, Moya, Sasha and Augustine in the Infamous series
Nina from the Secret Files series
Max, Chloe, Kate, Victoria and Joyce from Life is Strange
Yeesha, Catherine and The Stranger (Optional) from the Myst series

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Non-playable side character
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and these are just from games I’ve played, not counting all of the game of thrones and the walking dead characters that are in the show as well. With the 80+ from 20+ games I have used as an example, it’s hard to argue that there aren’t many games with female representation. There are vastly more video games with men in, but if I wanted to play a game with a female protagonist or supporting lead, I easily could. My friend added many more from games that he had played but I hadn’t. He also commented that it was very genre dependent as in certain genres, there is very little depiction of men.

Sixteen: Again, I think I have shown that there options out there if you want to play as a female lead and some games have a customisable main character so you can choose to be female. It all depends on the game you choose. My friend mentioned some of the games he plays don’t have many options to be a guy.

Seventeen: I’ve never had to do this but my friend has sometimes.

Eighteen: It’s honestly not crossed my mind. My friend however has done this

Nineteen: This is similar to alot of other points but no, not really for me but somewhat for my friend

Twenty: I’ve only been trash talked for my ability to play the game. My friend has been trash talked for his way of playing not corresponding to gender stereotypes.

Twenty One: This has never happened to either of us

Twenty Two: Again, this hasn’t happened to either of us

Twenty Three: And again, this hasn’t happened to us

Twenty Four: We discussed our experiences of talking to others about the topic and came to the conclusion, that even though he is a guy, I am usually taken more seriously for my opinions because they are shared by many women who play video games where as my friend’s opinions are brushed aside because of his sexuality and the type of games he plays.

Twenty Five: We thought people would react to the list virtually the same way if a man or a woman was saying it. Although the guys in this video come off as progressive and aware of their privilege whereas a woman saying it would sound like she was complaining.

Overall thoughts

The list repeated a lot, many points were the same or very similar. It could have been condensed into 10 or 15 points. Many of the points have vastly improved in the last 5 years and the video game community is becoming a more open, accepting and diverse place. But a lot of gaming is still competitive and people will still trash talk each other, using any difference to put you down.

It excludes sexuality in term of discrimination and makes it sound as though all women face this and all men don’t. Although my friend and I are only two people, we still disprove that hypothesis. I, a female gamer, have experienced many of these benefits whilst gaming, whereas my friend, a gay male gamer, is not privy to many of these benefits because people make assumptions based on or about his sexuality.

None of the things they’re stating have any cited evidence to back them up. When I clicked on the article to see if they were on there, it only had 3 links to articles/posts that inspired his article. When I clicked on them I discovered 2/3 of them didn’t work. The video does have many inaccuracies and could do with revision to correct these. I also think they should revise their language so they aren’t making sweeping generalisations.

Instagram

Instagram is something I have been using for years and I have been putting a lot of my work and my process on there for years. I find that it’s a really good medium to display work as so many artists operate on Instagram to show and share their work.

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I’ve put up photos of parts of almost every project this year and I’m pretty active with my account.

The majority of people I follow on Instagram are artists, graphic designers, models, photographers, illustrators, typographers, magazines, galleries, collectives and people who post and promote art and design that I’m interested in.

I really like using Instagram to show my work and process because friends and strangers alike can see what I’m working on and give me feedback.

Twitter

After Anabeth’s Twitter Workshop, I was inspired to set up my own Twitter. By following Anabeth’s tips, I have been using Twitter fairly regularly and I realised I did judge it very harshly and it is a platform that I like using now.

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I’ve been tweeting about my work throughout SDP and the videos on my Youtube Channel as well as re-tweeting posts from authors and artists that I like. I also put a link to my Youtube Channel and my uni blog so people can look at my work further, in more detail on different platforms.

I follow 105 people on Twitter at the moment which vary between galleries, artists, book makers, publishers, editors, graphic novelists, authors and book bloggers.

Twitter is a new discovery but one I think I shall be using a lot more often over the next few years.

 

Starting a Youtube Channel

Near the beginning of SDP, I created a Youtube channel. I’d been looking into how people promote, review and advertise books and I came across a community on Youtube who make videos about the books they’re reading.

I really wanted to join this community, as I am an avid reader. However, I want to talk about the books I’m making as well as the books I’m reading. I think this could really tie together many aspects of my life and I can really throw myself into things that I’m passionate about doing.

At the moment it mostly consists of books I’ve read because I haven’t yet filmed any videos about books I’ve made.

I want to do a series talking about book binding and the books I’ve made this year. As I make more books, the content will become more mixed. There will be a lot of videos about what I’m reading as well as making but it’s also an exploration of the things I’m interested in, continuing PPP throughout the next two years.

I am really enjoying making and editing videos. It’s making me much more confident and better at talking and putting myself out there in the world.

Pecha Kucha

When making my Pecha Kucha, I wrote some speaking notes down so I would know what to say when I was presenting it.

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1 – When I found out we were going to Rome, I knew what I wanted to do. I’ve wanted to go to Rome for about 11 years now. It’s a place of history, culture, food, literature, art. I love the Romans, I love the Borgias, I love Machiavelli, I love pizza. Rome is the home of a lot of things I really love. I want to see everything.

 

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2 – I made a list of what I wanted to see. I saw all of the historical sites and none of the modern things. The historical sites were the most important. There wasn’t time to see everything I wanted to see.

 

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3 – Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always love the Romans and wanted to see the Colosseum. Gladiator is one of my favourite movies and gladiatorial combat is a part of history I’ve read a lot about. It’s hard to believe somewhere so beautiful was somewhere where so many people died.

 

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4 – Finding out there was a cat sanctuary on the spot where Julius Caesar died was great. The had over 150 cats there. One of the highlights of the trip. I could’ve happily lived there with all the cats.

 

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5 – A huge reason I was excited to come to Rome is because the 3rd Assassin’s Creed game is set there and I wanted to walk around the city I had explored in the game. The game designers accurately constructed the maps for the city based on maps of Rome both from now and the time the game is set. That meant everywhere I was walking in game was the same distance as in real life. This accuracy not only made the game amazing but it made my experience of Rome more amazing because I connected with it more.

 

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6 – I spent a day on my own to go to the site of the assassin’s hideout. I was expecting that it wouldn’t have changed much because the island is so small and it would be hard to build new things on but it has changed quite a bit. There are some buildings that are the same but many are different.

 

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7 – The Castello di San Angelo is where Hadrian is buried. I’ve been to Hadrian’s wall so it was really interesting to see where he was buried as he’s such a big part of British history as well as Roman. It was used by the Borgias as a fortress and housed the papal armies for a short time.

 

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8 – The museum was amazing, there was so much to see. I felt like I couldn’t take it all in because my eyes weren’t big enough and I couldn’t process it quickly enough. With all the crowds as well, you were pushed along very quickly.

 

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9 – The ceilings were my favourite part. They were as much art as the art exhibited. Everything about the rooms was painted and decadent and I loved every second of it.

 

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10 – I didn’t get to see St Peter’s which was a shame but I saw the outside and it was so beautiful.

 

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11 – The Sistine Chapel made me tear up, it was so overwhelming to be there. Everyone was quite and collectively standing there awestruck.

 

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12 – I realised why I wasn’t that interested in the Trevi fountain before coming and it’s because it was built 200 years after the events of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, a huge motivation for going to a lot of the sites I wanted to see. I went to it 3 times. I wanted to stay and sit by it forever. It was so beautiful, I wasn’t expecting it to be nearly so big.

 

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13 – The Pantheon was really shabby on the outside so I wasn’t expecting it to be so beautifully preserved inside. It was so huge. Raphael and two kings are buried there so it’s a pretty important site.

 

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14 – I did more that 12 of the list of 20 things to do/see. They were easy to do and I didn’t really have to go out of my way to do any of them.

 

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15 – These were the books I got plus a painting of the Castello di San Angelo on the Tiber.

 

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16 – There were loads of cute shops and things to explore if you slowed down and looked around. Really liked this one near the Pantheon.

 

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17 – Most valuable part of the trip, what I will take away, is my friendships with people, especially Molly and Amy. The whole thing was better than I could have hoped and all I could’ve wished for was more time.

12 things to do in Rome

We were given a list of 20 things we could do in Rome, however we only had to document 12 of them. They were really easy to do because I had planned to do all of them anyway or I was doing them through doing other things and going places.

1 – Document Walking

 

2 – Get view from above

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3 – Try some Italian food

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4 – Try an Italian drink

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5 – Document Roman Design

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6 – Document Former Right-wing rule

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7 – Listen to local music

8 – Get a souvenir

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9 – Document some Street art

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10 – Visit a Roman sight

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11 – Visit Vatican City

12 – Document a Metro journey

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