Reflection for Remixing another text

Isabelle Sackett

April 4, 2016

Reflection for Remixing Another Text

 

Purpose of the Remix:

This remix is designed to be a remix of another text and to focus on how the remixed work shows something about identity. I hope to show two different aspects of identity—the literal fabric book will be pleasing to children—and they can play with the fabric characters I’ve made. An older audience can, I hope, reflect on how the remixed Little Red Riding Hood fabric put back into book format shows and challenges our very remembrances of fairy tales. It can be both nostalgic/comforting/disturbing, depending on how you experienced your childhood and that particular fairy tale. So, in a way it’s showing how our childhoods still affect us today. And then the last thing I was going to mention is this–the wolf I’m making is going to look more appealing than a big scary grey wolf. It’s going to be white and have sparkly rick rack on it to show how what is “bad” is also what is usually attractive.

 

Topic and how it fits:

The fabric book works as a remix of another text because I took fabric that was a remix of Little Red Riding Hood. Then, I converted the fabric into a fabric book. It comments on identity because it causes the adult spectator to remember his or her childhood and hopefully reflect on fairy tales—how life is either similar or fails to meet the expectations that fairy tales create.

Medium: This is an analog project—a fabric book.

Process:

I was fabric browsing at a quilt shop in a little Oklahoma town and I came across a “charm pack” collection by Moda title “Lil’ Red” and I immediately fell in love with it. I racked my mind trying to come up with a way I could remix this fabric, because I absolutely loved it, but couldn’t justify just buying it. Then (light-bulb moment!) I realized that the designer had already done part of the remixed process for me. The fabric is a “remix” of Little Red Riding Hood and so I decided to “unmix” the remix and put it back into book format.

Each piece of fabric became a page in the fabric book. On the left side of the open book, I picked fabric that was a simpler pattern and would be able to hold a fabric character from the story. The right side of the book has fabric that tells more of the story of Little Red Riding Hood. I sewed the fabrics together, wrong side to wrong side, and then once the fabrics were double sided, I sewed a binding down the left side of the pieces. I decided to add some sparkly rick-rack because I’m designing this book for a multi-generational audience and wanted the sparkles to attract the younger readers.

There are three fabric characters—Little Red Riding Hood, the Grandma, and the Wolf. I printed off templates for the people and my brother drew me a wolf to use. I cut out fabric to match them, sewed them up, and stuffed them with tissues. The two people are traditional looking—as in, I did not attempt to remix their characters or them. However, I did decide to remix the Wolf after talking with a lady I was showing my project to. She suggested making the Wolf look attractive so as to represent how evil/bad is often so attractive. So, the Wolf is white and sparkly. She also noted how that was drawing inspiration from Hoodwinked where the Wolf isn’t portrayed as all bad.

Inspiration:

Inspiration from this project comes from my love of textiles and crafts. I wanted to do something fun and crafty that would use fabric. Fabric books for kids are extremely popular and sometimes they are called a “quiet book” because sometimes there are games and activities on the pages for children to play with during a long car ride or other activity which would require children to be quiet and entertained.

However, for the older audience, I was thinking a lot about how Once Upon a Time seems like it is an “unmixing” of Disney’s take (their remix) of the original Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales. I was hoping that my fabric book might poise some of the same questions that Once Upon A Time raises—questioning reality, showing how much our childhood affects us, and challenging our view of the world,

Works Cited

 

Fabric by Moda– https://www.shabbyfabrics.com/Lil-Red-Charm-Pack-by-Stacy-Iset-Hsu-for-Moda-Fabrics-P39051.aspx?categoryid=3170

 

Little Red Riding Hood template— http://images.clipartof.com/Cartoon-Clipart-Of-A-Black-And-White-Little-Red-Riding-Hood-Girl-Vector-Outlined-Coloring-Page-10241156079.jpg

 

Grandma template– http://cdn2.momjunction.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/The-Little-Red-Riding-Hood-With-Grandma.jpg

 

Wolf template–my little brother drew me a wolf

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Reflection for Profile

Isabelle Sackett

February 23, 2016

Reflection for Profile—of my Mother

Purpose of the Remix:

The purpose of this remix is to show a glimpse of my mother. I realize that it is nearly impossible to perfectly capture any person. We are too complex of human beings to be completely classified and “captured.” I want others to see my mom in a way that I see a big part of her. Since food plays a huge part in our home, and since my mother is the primary baker/chef,

 

Topic and how it fits:

This is a remix profile of my mom. It fits into this category because I took some of the most essential and outstanding qualities of my mother, and remixed them into an alphabet cookbook/scrapbook.

 

Medium:

Ideally, this would be a printed book. In reality, this is a digital book through Apple’s ibooks Author. I thought that a cookbook inspired book would be perfect. Additionally, I picked to go through the alphabet because she taught most of my siblings and I from kindergarten all the way through graduation of high school.

 

Process:

I knew that I wanted to to a profile of my mom because she is one of the most important people to me. However, I was very nervous because I wanted to represent her in an honoring way and I wasn’t sure if I could make something that did her the justice that I thought she deserved. I honestly was nervous. I started thinking about what was important to her—but also what stood out to me about her. I realized that I would not be able to fully classify her/represent her. But I wanted to portray a part of her so that someone who did not know anything about her might have a little glimpse into who she is.

Cooking immediately stood out. My mom is always in the kitchen. She taught me to cook—like she taught me K-12. I thought about making a collection of recipes that we both loved. But, I found that to be inhibiting because I honestly wasn’t sure if some of the “family recipes” were really our recipes or if they were just dishes that we’d collected from other cookbooks. I wanted to compile something that was really personal and was not a collection of other people’s recipes. Plus, I wanted the emphasis to be on the dish and the context and not necessarily on what went into a particular dish.

I picked foods that I thought represented important dishes in our family (whether it is a particular family event or just a funny story) and then I added quotes that related to how my mom always was full of real life advice. She is more than just a chef or baker; she is my mom and I know that I can go to her for help whenever I need it.

I knew I needed a software that would be free and flexible, yet easy to use. I did a little searching and found Apple’s ibooks Author app. It has been very useful and I’ve YouTubed several different videos so that I could learn how to do different editing features on the book.

I decided to order the pages alphabetically because she homeschooled most of my siblings and I. She taught us the basic building blocks of learning—how to read and write. From those early times together, she has taught us so much, both academically and also more broadly she has taught us how to live.

Inspiration:

My inspiration for this project came from two important positions that my mother holds in my family. She is the primary food maker—whether that is cooking or baking. I remember having a lot of my conversations with her in the kitchen. She would be making dinner and I would come in and talk to her about my day. Sometimes I would dump all my problems on her. I remember also being little (3 or 4) and entering the kitchen when she was making dinner because I felt I needed to be saved from my sins. We talked about what that meant—sin and salvation—and then we prayed. The kitchen has always been an important part of my life.

Additionally, food brings people together and we did a lot of entertaining when I was growing up. At least once a month—probably closer to three—times a month it seemed that we had people over for dinner, or tea, or lunch, birthday celebrations, breakfast, brunch, lunch—basically we always seemed to be in the kitchen. So, when I picture my mom I see her in the kitchen. I thought that a cookbook would be one of the most comprehensive ways to depict her.

Works Cited:

To make the book I used…

Apple’s iBooks Author.

To learn how to work the software, I watched…

IBooks Author Templates. “PART 1 IBooks Author Tutorial – Create a Custom Template.” YouTube. YouTube, 20 June 2013. Web. 23 Feb. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQLz8l5p5ck&gt;.

IBooks Author Templates. “PART 2 IBooks Author Tutorial – Create a Custom Template.” YouTube. YouTube, 20 June 2013. Web. 23 Feb. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-p_rlXppzp4&gt;.

Tuts+Computer Skils. “Create an Interactive Book With IBooks Author.” YouTube. YouTube, 13 Oct. 2013. Web. 23 Feb. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlYSnNn55f8&gt;.

The Texts I  Used…

Amy. “Homemade strawberry jam & free jam labels.” The Idea Room. WordPress, 15 Sept. 2013. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

Ari Cooks. “Lemon Meringue Pie.” Air Cooks. 18 May 2010. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

FDL. “Mini Quiches with peas and ham.” Fine Dining Lovers. Fine Dining Lovers, 2011. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

Jen “Best Baked ‘Fried Chicken.’” 7 Jan. 2015, Web.

Katy. “Jam For Christmas.” This is Love Forever. 3 Jan. 2010. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

Lauren. “Sunday Slow Roasted Chicken.” Paleo Good. paleogood, 2 Aug. 2015. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

Tammilee. “Super Easy Home made Doughnuts.” Tammille Tips. Tammilee Tips, 5 Sept. 2012. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

  1. “Our favorite chef and Foodie quotes.” blog.chefuniforms.com. 2 Dec. 2014. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

“Doily white clip art at Clker.com – vector clip art online, royalty free & public domain.” Clker.com. 1 Mar. 2014. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

“Funny crabs, seamless pattern for your design.” 123RF. 123RF Stock Photos, n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

“Happy birthday daisies – ClipArt best.” Ciip Art Best. 2013. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

“Mummy’s fudgy chocolate oatmeal bars recipe – and our new arrival.” Story of A Kitchen. 30 June 2013. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

“Octopus Facts and Information.” KidsKonnect. KidsKonnect, 5 Sept. 2011. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.

“Red devil’s food cake.” Betty Crocker. BettyCrocker.com, n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

“Whole wheat berry pancakes.” Tammy’s Recipies. 27 July 2007. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

“Why I quit vegetable gardening.” Mother Nature Network. MNN – Mother Nature Network, 8 May 2016. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

“You don’t have to be so rutabaga ’bout it – acrylic on 1/4″ Sande wood – 8‘x8’ funny food pun kitchen art wall decor.” Etsy. Etsy, 2016. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

Alyson. “Last-minute holiday sweets and treats to make your loved ones Drool.” California Home. California Home, 23 Dec. 2013. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

Arnold, Joel “Ox cart angel.” 2011, Web.

Baker’s American. “http://www.bakersamerican.com/monroe/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2015/11/headline_sunday_dinner.png.”Bakers American.com. n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

Bature, Rabiu Muhammad. “Health benefits of lemon.” Organic Facts. Organic Facts, 18 Dec. 2008. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

Boston Organics. “Rutabagas.” Boston Organics. 2002. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

Briggs Garden & Home. “African Violet Care.” Briggs Garden & Home. 2016. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

ClipartPanda. “Free Clipart images.” Clipart Panda. 2014. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.

Craftionary. PuddlesandGumboots. Pinterest, n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

D, Peter. “How to grow lemon trees from seed.” Fresh Organic Gardening. 2 Nov. 2015. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

Designs, Cindy B. “A+ teacher.” Cindy B Designs. 13 Mar. 2012. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

Fantozzi, Sienna. “11 Quiche recipes that will win brunch.” Delish. Delish, 12 Feb. 2016. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

Highland Orchards. “Summer Squash.” Fields of Plenty. n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

Hilliard, Gaye. “Deep Dish Fudgy Oatmeal Bars.” highheelsandgrills. High Heels and Grills, 21 Jan. 2015. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

Holt, Hannah. “Egg knocking and lamb cake.” LIghtbuldbooks. 23 Mar. 2013. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

Hopkins, Janice. “Honeybee Buzz.” Janicecolehopkins. 30 Nov. 2014. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

Hopkins, John-Bryan, and Foodimentarian. “National food holidays.”Foodimentary. 15 May 2015. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

jjmcdonnell.com. “True blue Maryland Crab cake.” J.J Mcdonnell. 2013. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

KaeLyn. “Learning to use chopsticks: Coming out as Korean-American.” Rakuten Global Market. Autostraddle, 4 Sept. 2014. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.

Lebovitz, David. “Guinness–Milk chocolate ice cream recipe.”ChowHound. Chowhound, 8 Feb. 2008. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

Living, Southern. “Mama’s German chocolate cake recipe.”MyRecipes.com. MyRecipes.com, Oct. 2011. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

Lovins, David. “Stacked Aqua themed tea cups by Gail McCormack.”Fine Art America. Fine Art America, 2016. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

Mazzone Hospitality. “Holiday dinners.” Mazzone Hospitality. n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

Mel’s Kitchen. “Wheat and wheat grinding 101: The wheat {Types, where to buy, and what to Make}.” Mel’s Kitchen. Mel’s Kitchen Cafe, 17 Apr. 2013. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

Merker, Kate. “Fried eggs with broiled tomatoes.” Real Simple. Real Simple, Oct. 2009. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

Mike. “Yellow….” Tiny Farm Blog. 4 Jan. 2008. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

Milham, Alea. “Summer Squash with Chives.” Premeditated Leftovers. Premeditated Leftovers, 9 Aug. 2012. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

Miranda-Jones. “Get the Look:Romantic Dinner Party.” PopSugar. Popsugar, 27 Sept. 2013. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.

Mo, Atle. Subtle patterns. Subtle Patterns, 25 Nov. 2014. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

New Health Advisor. “Is ice cream good for sore throat?” New Health Advisor. n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

OLVERA, JENNIFER. “Roasted chicken with tomato-mint Panzanella.”Serious Eats. 1 June 2013. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

Oseland, Chris-Rachael. Kitchen overlord. 15 Aug. 2013. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.

Pash, Barbara. “Buzz kill: Advocates seek to reverse trend in honeybee deaths.” The Baltimore Sun. baltimoresun.com, 20 Jan. 2016. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

Pixabay. “Free image on Pixabay – Christmas ball, baubles.” Pixabay. n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

Prasertong, Anjali. “Fresh flour: Grinding whole grains at home — Los Angeles Times.” The Kitchn. The Kitchn, 11 Mar. 2011. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

Rattray, Diana. “Classic lemon Meringue pie.” About. About.com Food, 21 June 2015. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

S, Jen. The Dish. 30 Apr. 2013. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.

sarcher. “Pop-Pop’s Crab Pots.” Artistic Ninjustu. 2 Oct. 2012. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

Segal, Jennifer. “Spinach & Gruyere Quiche.” Once Upon a Chef. Once Upon a Chef, 27 Sept. 2010. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.

Six Sisters Stuff. “Old Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream.”SixSistersStuff. 18 May 2015. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

Smith, Freda. “Peanut butter kiss cookies recipe, peanut blossom cookies recipe, Christmas cookie recipes.” What’sCookingAmerica. 2004. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

Smith, Gregory. “Octopus (Tako) Nigiri – Utah sushi roll – Utah’s sushi bar and Japanese restaurant guide.” Nigiri. Utah Sushi Roll, 8 Jan. 2013. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.

staff, Hallmark. “Christmas cookie recipes.” Hallmark. n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

Team, PLANTS Web Development. “Plants profile for Rudbeckia hirta (blackeyed Susan).” USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services. n.d. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.

The Texas Foodies. “Books: Yummy Mac and cheese recipes!” The Texas Foodies. 10 Oct. 2013. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

USApples. “All-American apple pie.” USAppleblog.org. 9 Nov. 2012. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

Younkin, Mary. “Pan fried Italian chicken thighs.” Barefeet in the kitchen. 14 Apr. 2016. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

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Reflection for Auto Ethnography

Isabelle Sackett

April 5, 2016

Reflection for Ethnography

 

Purpose of the Remix:

This remix is a parody of country love songs. I hope to show how many country love songs, when you actually take the time to stop and listen to the words, are quite ridiculous. They assume that the person with whom they “fall in love at first sight” also returns their affection. So, I was hoping that this remix would give the two opposing thought processes. The artist singing is in love with the girl, and in return she is thinking about how he better not just be a player like all the rest of the men she has met. The images I choose I hope will show how silly the relationship would look to an outsider—and possibly even to the girl in the song.

 

Topic and how it fits: This particular auto-ethnography is also a remix because I have incorporated a song by Dan+Shay, “Nothin’ Like you,” into a music video using images I found online. For each picture, I choose a line or two from the song “Love Me Like You Mean It” by Kelsea Ballerini. It is an auto-ethnography because I’m remixing a country song, and I enjoy listening to country music—even the sappy love song ones.

Medium: This work is a digital music video.

Process:

This project started off as all my other remix projects have—as an experiment. I wanted to see if it was possible to make a music video using the song “Nothin’ Like You.” I had just been listening to it, and since I was thinking about what to do for my re-mix, I decided to pick that song as the foundation for my remix. After the song was chosen, I still had no idea what I wanted to do with it. I looked around on iMovie for some ideas of how to make a video and found their trailer option which organizes the whole movie for you. I found a picture of a “girl” and one of a “guy” and put them in the appropriate boxes on iMovie. But, I realized that the trailer feature was too restrictive and was not allowing me to be as creative and free as I wanted to do.

Therefore, I started over again on iMovie and used images I found on google. As I searched for images to use, I realized how cliché Dan+Shay are in their song. They say they love her “dancing in the rain” and how she is so unique—but a lot of country songs also boast the same thing about their particular love. So, I decided that I would make a parody. I started picking pictures that were awkward instead of romantically cute. I wanted the audience to laugh and wonder why the singer was falling in love with the girl. I picked the Spiderman picture as the last one because I wanted the idea of a superhero plus a “common girl” at the end. I was parodying the idea that the artist believed himself to be the one for the girl he is in love with. She is kissing a man in a mask—showing that she does not know his true, real self. She has only seen a particular side of him. Also, everyone loves this picture and it make them laugh, so I wanted it also for that reason.

After I had incorporated the images I wanted, I picked a song by Kelsea Ballerini where she is basically telling the “boy” that is interested in her that he better “Love [her] like [he] means it”: he needs to be sincere and follow through with his actions. I tried to pick lyrics for each slide that matched the picture.

Inspiration:

The inspiration for this project came from three songs I like. “Nothin’ Like You” expresses love to a girl “sipping coffee in a corner booth” surrounded by a “stack of books.” I think I liked this song because coffee shops and stacks of books are two of my favorite things. Also, who doesn’t like a love song—even if it is cheesy?

The next song that inspired me was “Love Me Like You Mean It.” In this song, the artist expresses her desire that the “boy with [his] hat back” would truly love and not just play with her.

The last song inspired the ideas of the remix even though I did not include any of the music or lyrics from it. It is called “Girl in Country Song” by Maddie & Tae and and it parodies country songs.

 

 

Works Cited

 

 

Ballerini, Kelsea. “Love Me Like You Mean It.” Online Video Clip. Youtube. Youtube. 6 Mar 2015. Web. 13 Apr 2016

“Best Running Shoes for Flat Feet in 2015 -.” Fitness Best Reviews. Fitness Best Reviews, 08 Sept. 2015. Web. 13 Apr. 2016. http://www.fitnessbestreviews.com/best-running-shoes-for-flat-feet/

“Coffee Shop Employee Wondering What Guy In Dress Clothes Is Doing There For Seven Hours Everyday.” Bookfield Bulletin. WordPress, 18 Jan. 2012. Web. 13 Apr. 2016. https://bookfieldbulletin.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/coffee-shop-employee-wondering-what-guy-in-dress-clothes-is-doing-there-for-seven-hours-everyday/https://bookfieldbulletin.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/coffee-shop-employee-wondering-what-guy-in-dress-clothes-is-doing-there-for-seven-hours-everyday/

Dan+Shay. “Nothin’ Like You.” Online Video Clip. Youtube. Youtube. 1 Apr 2014. Web. 13 Apr 2016

Legs, Cheesy. “Dear Cute Guy in the Coffee Shop.” Five Years and Finally Single. WordPress, 07 Apr. 2014. Web. 13 Apr. 2016. <https://fiveyearsandfinallysingle.wordpress.com/2014/04/08/dear-cute-guy-in-the-coffee-shop/&gt;

Maddie&Tae. “Girl in a Country Song”. Online Video Clip. Youtube. Youtube. 24 Jul 2014. Web. 13 Apr 2016

McCoy, Tracy. “Why First Kisses Matter More Than You Think.” HelloGiggles Why First Kisses Matter More Than You Think Comments. Hello Giggles, 30 May 2014. Web. 13 Apr. 2016. <http://hellogiggles.com/first-kisses-matter-think/&gt;

“Milk and Roses Coffee Bar.” William Park. William Park, n.d. Web. 13 Apr. 2016. <http://images.williamandpark.com/&gt;

“Nekter Juice Bar Photos.” Yelp. Yelp, n.d. Web. 13 Apr. 2016. http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/nekter-juice-bar-brea?start=30

“Rain – HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD | Publish with Glogster!” Glogster. Glogster, n.d. Web. 13 Apr. 2016. <http://www.glogster.com/cathrenredfurry/rain-hollywood-undead/g-6kjat3jf319e09hhboqi02r&gt;

“Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise for Carrie – The Inspiration Room.” The Inspiration Room. N.p., 08 Oct. 2013. Web. 13 Apr. 2016. <http://theinspirationroom.com/daily/2013/telekinetic-coffee-shop-surprise-for-carrie/&gt;

“Woman with a Candle.” Woman with a Candle #6. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Apr. 2016. <http://www.myartprints.co.uk/a/demurez/womanwithacandle6.html&gt;

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Reflection for Ethnography

Isabelle Sackett

April 13, 2016

Reflection for Ethnography

Purpose of the Remix:

I wanted to make this remix of the Industrial Revolution because this is a time period that interests me greatly. I wanted my audience to learn about the Revolution through the lenses of what interested me the most about this time in the history of England—the arts and literature. I also wanted the viewers to see how the Industrial Revolution affected people and relationships—it was not something that was abstract or a great un-affecting event. Rather, friends were on opposite sides of the system. There was profound tension.

Topic and how it fits:

This is an ethnography because I am representing a group to which I do not belong.

Medium: Digital. I made a movie using iMovie on my Mac.

Process:

This ethnography is tied with the self-portrait for most remakes. (I suppose that it fitting since this is a remix…) I wanted to do the Industrial Revolution, and then I thought that would be too difficult, so I picked something “easier.” I decided since I had so many engineering major friends, I would “remix” them. However, I really did not like what I came up with, and I think that I did it mostly out of stress. Once I had a project done, even though I did not like it, I was able to think about what I really wanted to do. I just had to put something down.

After I made that ethnography, I went back to my original desire of doing something for the Industrial Revolution. I knew I wanted to include parts of one of my favorite movies, North and South. I found the episodes on YouTube and downloaded them onto my Mac, slowing down the functioning capacities of it tremendously!

Since this is a remix, I knew that it needed to have multiple components. So, I thought about what else I wanted to include. The pictures that I chose were ones that I thought portrayed how terrible the working conditions were. I wanted my audience to react to these pictures with compassion. I wanted them to see how horrible the environment was for the factory workers.

Not only did I want to portray the pictures and movie, but I also wanted viewers to get a glimpse into the darker sort of literature that was written during this time. William Blake has some very dark and depressing poetry, so I chose one of his that is especially directed to the idea of a factory being a machine and a terrifying animal.

Once I had all the materials I wanted, I started to make the movie. I used North and South and the foundation, “anchor text,” and I cut it up into sections and reorganized some of the clips. While I wanted to show the class struggle, I also wanted to portray the love story of a master and a girl from the South. She is friends with the working class and is caught between her love for Mr. Thornton and her working friends. I decided that bookending the film with the love story would be a good way to tie it all together. Then I cut in the pictures and poem.

I wanted to end with a little bit of nature to show the next great cultural movement—naturalism. I wanted to do this to show the hope and not leave the movie with a depressing ending. While I am sure that many people living during this time felt very dark and depressed, I wanted to show the dawn of the new period.

Works Cited

Blake, William. “Tyger.” Short Poems. WordPress, n.d. Web. 14 Apr. 2016.

Borrow, Mandy. “Landscape of England.” Resources.woodlands. 2013. Web. 26 Apr. 2016.

“Lewis Hine, Children Changing Bobbins in Textile Mill.” Flickr. Yahoo!, 3 July 2005. Web. 14 Apr. 2016. https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxtongue/23281044

“North & South BBC 2004 Ep2.” YouTube. YouTube, 28 Nov. 2015. Web. 14 Apr. 2016.

“North & South BBC 2004 Ep4.” YouTube. YouTube, 02 Dec. 2015. Web. 14 Apr. 2016.

“North and South -Mr. Thornton and Miss Hale.” YouTube. YouTube, 28 July 2010. Web. 14 Apr. 2016.

“North & South Soundtrack-Northbound Train.” YouTube. YouTube, 24 Feb. 2013. Web. 14 Apr. 2016.

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Reflection for Self-Portrait

Isabelle Sackett

February 23, 2016

Reflection for Self-Portrait

 

Purpose of the Remix:

This remix is designed to be a self-portrait. I hope that when someone looks at this mosaic, they will see many different parts of “me.” We are complex and creative individuals, and I do not believe that we can easily be categorized. Thus, I believed a mosaic composed of important pictures, quotes, and other special items would be appropriate. Additionally, the overall picture was taken my senior year of college and showcases my major—English Literature.

 

Topic and how it fits: The mosaic fits the topic because it is a self-portrait. I have created a picture of me.

 

Medium: This work is a digital mosaic. I chose to do a mosaic, because I thought that it would be able to reflect how I (and all humanity) are complex beings and many things go into and affect us to make us who we “are.”

 

Process:

Creating this mosaic started off on a whim. I wanted to make something different and unique, yet I did not want to make something that was entirely “unhuman.” Originally, I had so struggled with the idea of a self-portrait that I at first had decided to make a work that would bear no visual representation to myself. One of the many ideas I had for the self-portrait was a far-fetched idea of letting others describe me. Basically, I had decided to take personality quizzes and tests and patch the results together in some fashion. I planned on using Buzzfeed and other websites and be completely ridiculous. This, I thought, would in no way really reveal the true me. Since I did not have to worry about personally revealing myself, I felt I had a protection field around me. If people made fun of the remix, I decided there was no way I would be able to take it personally. After all, Buzzfeed was the one responsible for describing me, not actually myself.

After thinking about that idea for some time, I realized that I didn’t like it. I liked the idea of having lots of little pieces describing me, but I did not care for the idea of the Buzzfeed quizzes. Additionally, I wondered where and how I would draw the line and decide which quizzes to take and which to skip. I wanted something more personal. I lost the fear of exposing myself and gained the courage I needed. I decided to go through pictures that I had of myself on my laptop and combine them with quotes and pictures of things that were important to me. These “things” varied greatly. I collected pictures of my family and friends. I included and searched for pictures of books and covers that I liked. I wanted Bible verses that were important to me—Instagram-ish pictures of cozily arranged tea scenes and mountains. I wanted it to be a collection of important things.

Once I had collected these pictures, I found a website that creates photo mosaics. I uploaded a picture of myself holding a stack of books on my head because this picture is recent and shows my love of literature—and the literature that I love. I thought this was perfect timing because I am graduating this semester and what better way to finish the semester than with the opportunity to reflect on what is important to me.

 

Inspiration:

The multi-faceted, multi-layered, complexity of the beings that we are is the foremost inspiration for this mosaic. We are created very intelligent beings and we should be using all our gifts. We are unique and as a Christian, I see myself as reflecting God’s glory. I wanted a self-portrait that would attempt to capture the many interests, loves, desires, passions, dreams, and activities that I have.

 

Works Cited

[So far in this remix, I have only used pictures that I have taken. So, there is no need to cite them, however, here is the link to the website I’m using to create the mosaic.]

Yup Yoo, Seong. “Photo Mosaic Creator.” Mosaically ®. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Feb. 2016. <http://mosaically.com/&gt;.

 

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