Writing comprehension (Option A)

Writing comprehension (Option A)


The work sounds wistful, sad, emotional and even tired. The author’s tone is almost longing as they want something that can’t be done or at least not currently.

She uses first person pronouns such as “I” and “My” – this enhances the emotive tone of the piece and allows the audience to be one with her as she explains her struggles between her Maori and the “monocultural education system” that exists in New Zealand.

The author positions herself in a way she has a personal and a political view.

My response to her voice is sympathy, empathy, understanding as the author’s emotive work makes me want to comfort her in.

It was easy to understand with her tone, her choice of words and writing techniques that make for a moving piece but also slightly difficult due to the Maori Language terminology she uses. However, this was also appropriate use of them.

While this is an interesting text and strongly shows the author’s perspective, and clearly demonstrates her idea, I didn’t find it particularly enjoyable. However while it may not have been entirely enjoyable, it definitely provided insight in something I was not too entirely aware of before.


Critical thinking

Critical thinking

To me, critical thinking is when one considers, discusses, explores ideas thoroughly with clear analysis and logical thought. This, in turn, leads to changing our thoughts and ideas on life as we continue to grow and learn throughout our life and throughout our exchanges with the world.

Critical thinking may affect how we live our everyday lives by what we can hear, see, imagine and even think about others and ourselves as well as our environment. As we begin to analyse things around us, our interactions with the world become more rationally aligned and helps to make sense of things.

Furthermore, critical thinking is something I firmly believe which is complemented with hands-on involvement. By getting involved and doing practical work alongside thinking critically enhances our ability to learn, remember and betters our reasoning and logic once we gain a larger understanding of our thinking.

Reading Reflection

Reading Reflection


A key point that Mirzoeff illustrates is the idea of how a large part of global networking is used to create, send or view images. Images are important forms of visual communication that are popular in our modern world, especially amongst the younger generations. This point interests me as it goes to show just why we are so obsessed with sharing or creating images. “We feel compelled to make images of it and share it with other as a key part of our effort to understand the changing world around us and our place within it” (Mirzoeff  6).

Another interesting key point that Mirzeoff makes is the idea that “One world does not mean it is equally available to all” (Mirzoeff 10) I resonate with this point as it is so accurately true in relation to the privileges and benefits that others have that some don’t whether it is due to race, financial situation, nationality, country of residence etc. We as humans like to claim everybody is equal but how can that be if we don’t even have the equal opportunity available to everyone.

Lastly Mirzoeff’s key idea of ‘Tiled Rendering’ interests me as he uses the comparison of the two pictures of the ‘Blue marble’ (1972 and 2012) as a metaphor for the idea that what we see isn’t always what we think it is.”We assemble the world from pieces, assuming what we see is both coherent and equivalent to reality. Until we discover it is not” (Mirzoeff 10)

When something that we see or hear and expect to be true is not we feel betrayed – for example, the outcry in female teenagers, when they discovered the actor Zac Efron in the film 0f High School Musical, did not actually sing.


Visual Culture

Unlike how the term suggests, visual culture can involve aspects that go unseen or are invisible to us, not just things that can be seen with the eyes. It is the study and exploration of our experiences combined with the knowledge we currently possess.

“That is why we call it visual culture: a culture of the visual” Nicholas Mirzoeff. How to see the world pg 11

Influences and aspirations

Influences and aspirations

The kind of designer I would like to be is one that works hard and gets to where I am as a result of my hard work, effort, creativity, and perseverance. I want to be like the designers who got to where they were with their talent and dedication to their designs.

I am awed and constantly amazed at the ever-changing ideas of fashion, however, I am also very influenced by some key designers.

Elie Saab  with his use of  detail, in the beautiful flowing gowns he creates that constantly appear on the red carpets.

elie-saab-2014-fall-haute-couture-show4                                                Elie Saab. Fall Coutre 2014. Fashion gone Rogue. Photo

Valentino’s whimsical dresses that look straight from a fairytale also inspires me in the way he can create a story with the right fabrics and techniques.


Valentino. Vogue UK. Spring/Summer collection 2015.

Alexander McQueen’s designs are described as romantic and crazy. Something I find admirable and aesthetically well designed.

valentino-pre-fall-2015-90                                          Alexander McQueen. Vogue. 2015. Photo


Alexander McQueen. Vogue. 2015 Photo

These people and their incredible work have greatly influenced and inspire me to study at the College of Creative Arts to learn new techniques and graduate with a Bachelor of Design majoring in Fashion.

Who am I?

Who am I?

Well, that’s a good question – it’s something I’m still trying to figure out myself. I’ll begin with the basic information which will give insight into who I think I am at this moment in time.

My name is Janetta – or more commonly called ‘Jan’. Does it sound like I am a 65-year-old woman who likes to bake and knit in her spare time? Yes. This is the complete opposite of who I am but the name stuck so here I am.

My yearbook from my last year of high school with the scribblings of my peers describe me as “insane”, “dangerous”, “amazingly weird” and “not normal”. However rest assured, I was loved, as these messages to me were always followed by a kind “I’ll miss you xoxo”, “Stay in touch”, and “Love you”.


I was born and raised in the sunny Napier, Hawkes Bay, where I spend a lot of my childhood running around barefoot, climbing trees, fishing for eels and sliding down steep hills in cardboard boxes. A childhood filled with everyday adventures riding bikes around the neighbourhood and a constant failure to return home before dinner. Perhaps my love for the outdoors is greatly influenced by the nostalgic memories of practically living outside.

I’m from a family of five with an older brother who is currently doing engineering down South and a younger sister who constantly insists I cannot cook to save my life. Well, actually 2-minute noodles are a form of cooking so she’s absolutely wrong there. My parents are from South Korea and are immigrants who moved to New Zealand 20 years ago with the bare minimum of required English, an act of bravery that I will always admire them for.

Back in high school, I was one of two environmental prefects so whenever I see people carelessly littering, a part of me yearns to not so politely correct them in their careless crime of slowly killing our earth.

My interests include playing music – the ukulele and guitar have caught my attention lately -, drawing comics, sewing and creating things, going out for gelato, taking long walks in the rain and watching comedy movies.
My taste in music is very open but I do have a fondness of electric pop – sometimes techno on the rare occasion. A favourite band of mine at the moment would be Passion Pit and their latest Album Kindred which is insanely good – so good in fact I have listened to the entire thing over 30 times and I am still in love with it.

Something I’ve always been curious about is the ocean. According to Ocean service, 95 percent of the ocean remains still unexplored and we have only seen a mere 5 percent to date. There is so much that could exist that we could never truly discover and it both amazes and terrifies me at the vastness of this mass of water. Who knows what could lie in the depths of the waters?