Story: Week 13

The dress is probably one of the most sought pieces of information or pictures after the day of a wedding. In my opinion its one of the most important parts, maybe not the most important but pretty up there. I wish I had designed these beautiful dresses, I love the femininity and elegance of theses dresses, majority designed by Elie Saab.

I love the designer Elie Saab, Elie Saab is a Lebanese fashion designer. I admire his feminine designs and how they are alway elegant, girly but with a modern twist. In a world that is continually stretching away from the traditions of marriage I love the extremely feminine and traditional designs.


What does success mean to me? Success to me is being happy and healthy, body mind and spirit, over coming obstacles and being proud of the achievements no matter how big or small. Having a loving and encouraging community of people around me and without worry of what is to come. Being brave and free.

Story: Week 11 (26th October)

Imagine being in a lit room, (lit whaaaat) a light room 24 hours for 2 weeks. or on the contrast, being stuck in constant darkness 24/7. what would happen?

Have you ever repeatedly woken up one minute before your alarm?

Well naturally our body clock responds to light weather its natural or artificial, we go to sleep in the dark and are active in light. However when we don’t have these lighting conditions we rely on clocks, on a watch or time on a phone.

The technology of a clock effects the way we act. We can be awake all day and then see the time and instantly feel hungry or tired or ready for action.

Without the cue of light or technology like a clock our internal circadian (24 hour) clock when given time will become out of rhythm and a sleep disorder will occur.

‘Free-running sleep is a sleep pattern that is not adjusted (entrained) to the 24-hour cycle in nature nor to any artificial cycle.

It occurs as the sleep disorder non-24-hour sleep-wake disorder or artificially as part of experiments used in the study of circadian and other rhythms in biology. Study subjects are shielded from all time cues, often by a constant light protocol, by a constant dark protocol or by the use of light/dark conditions to which the organism cannot entrain such as the ultrashort protocol of one hour dark and two hours light. Also, limited amounts of food may be made available at short intervals so as to avoid entrainment to mealtimes. Subjects are thus forced to live by their internal circadian “clocks”.’

Story: Week 10 (12th October)

Every design has a designer (Captain Obvious) but as a society of over consumption how many times do we take the time to analyse the designer and their values, their purposes in making the product for our satisfaction. The values of a designer is always evident in their designed object.

Great designs tell a story, I would like the objects I am involved in creating to have the flare and flavour of my personality and values.

I looked into many companies mission and value statement to see if I identify or contrast with them.

My flat mate who is currently siting in my room and applying for journalism jobs made this interesting observation of the contrast of mission statements between the leading media companies in New Zealand NZME commenting on how they just wish to be the first and the fastest at delivering news to New Zealanders, ( did you forget the values of the most accurate or relevant?) however the others seem to incorporate more integrity and audience focus into their statement.

Media works: Our team is committed to creating and delivering great content, experiences and results for our audiences and customers. We believe in being the best in connecting, enriching and inspiring Kiwis every day.

TVNZ: Our purpose is to make a difference by sharing the moments that matter to New Zealanders.


The Invision App, which I have never used, or heard of, shares their likeminded values:

Invision App: “Question Assumptions. Think Deeply. Iterate as a Lifestyle. Details, Details. Design is Everywhere. Integrity.”


The invision example inspired me to think about doing the small things well, being committed to doing a good job no matter the amount of responsibility, the credit or money you will receive.


My Core Values/DNA:

Faithfulness: Do the small things well, details matter, a thousand dollar person sometimes has to do a $100 job, wherever you are; be all there.

Friend, create the environment you wish to work in, yes its about the product but people are more important, always welcome with a smile, a voice of reason and sincerity, never let your attitude be a barrier to someone elses win.

Forward focussed, (felt like I had to stay with the F’s but not the best title) Take regular jumps, learn something new, ask questions, take opportunities and seek advice, never stay stagnant, research and read, readers are leaders.

Fruitful, produce on time, on brief, on budget. Be people orientated, how can I help this client win? Keep them wanting more.

Fair, put people in positions where they will grow, regularly check in with team members, celebrate peoples successes, lend a hand in peoples struggles.

Fufillment, check your heart regularly, is this still fulfilling me? avoid stress, go where you’re gonna grow, are you achieving goal, burnout is too far, busy is not ok, have time for people around you.

Mission Satement: Work in progress

Be faithful in the small, remember people matter, be a positive influence in every workplace I enter into and create good stuff.

Lastly, I watched this ted talk about the importance of community in implementing change with specific reference to Natan the founder of the modern day SPCA who through his values connected with other community members in San Fransisco created a shift in treatment of abandoned animals.


Story: Week 9 (21st September)

In 2013 I was given the awesome opportunity to stay in Israel for 15 days as a school trip.

Whilst on our trip we visited the The Holocaust History Museum – Yad Vashem. The museum was the place that cause the most emotion for me, although I don’t know of any relations who were effected by the NAZI genocide of jewish people it was the first time I felt like I had a connection to it. Being in the homeland of the Jewish people whose family were directly effected by this tragedy you would feel that it meant something so much more to them compared to far away New Zealanders.

The Museum architecturally was beautiful and their creative visualisation of data made the lives lost seem real, tragic and beautiful at the same time.

“A decade in the making, the Holocaust History Museum combines the best of Yad Vashem’s expertise, resources and state-of-the-art exhibits to take Holocaust remembrance well into the 21st century.”!prettyPhoto


Unfortunately you are unable to take photos in the museum but you may have seen the photo of many shoes of victim that were taken from a concentration camp, there are thousands of shoes all under a glass flour as you first walk in, it was a shock as it wasn’t the first thing you saw until you looked down, it shocked me and I wanted to get off that part of the floor asap as I felt like I was standing on peoples personal belonging only to remember that these people no longer live.

However the most beautiful visual collection of data in my opinion was the childrens memorial hall of mirrors pictured below.

Designed by architect Moshe Safdie.


This is a seperate building to the museum and is internal filled with mirrors and black flooring. One candle is lit and is reflected thousands and thousands of times by the mirrors to create a scene that resembles a stary night sky. This was to represent the amount of childrens lives alone that were taken during the holocaust. A speaker continually reads out names of children and their age, the list of victims names (1.5 million children) takes days to read out.

“This unique memorial, hollowed out from an underground cavern, is a tribute to the approximately 1.5 million Jewish children who were murdered during the Holocaust. Memorial candles, a customary Jewish tradition to remember the dead, are reflected infinitely in a dark and somber space, creating the impression of millions of stars shining in the firmament. The names of murdered children, their ages and countries of origin can be heard in the background.”

I enjoyed this exhibition especially because the tragedy of the event is depicted so beautifully, it is peaceful and a space for remembrance rather than causing anger to build up.

Story: Week 8 (20th September)

I belong to a subculture of Elim Church children workers.

Every Sunday I volunteer to run a children program for primary aged student in the Franklin district stemming from the Elim Christian Centre.

Yes there are many children’s workers all over the world, there are many in New Zealand. There are a lot of childrens workers just within the 44 New Zealand Elim Churches however the team that I lead we are a sub culture, there are about 20 of us.

SO how can you identify the Elim Christian Centre Franklin Campus (I just call it Elim Frank) childrens leaders in relation to every other childrens worker in New Zealand?

  1. Every Sunday we meet in the same place


2. We have our own characteristics, we are always welcoming, always positive and welcome everyone as family.

3. We all wear Elim Kids t-shirts, lanyards and all of the female leaders have started wearing tutus, just for fun, but now it has become a bit of a tradition.


I really enjoy my job with the Children of Pukekohe, although its only volunteer and I would like to be able to put more time into it I find it a culture that I have an influence in creating.

I once heard that it is estimated that it only takes 7% of a population to create a stereotype or convince a culture into particular action or thought. Only 7%, that can be 280 000 out of 4 million people, that is close to the size of wellington. Imagine if the whole of wellington started to change something, get a reputation, start a war? it would heavily effect if not change the whole culture of New Zealand.

I reflect of the Christchurch earthquake in 2011, in a very short time the change in thought and action from the Christchurch people changed the culture of New Zealand into worry and shock but also into a nationalism type of team work. Christchurch is only 9% of NZs population (as of 2016.)

If it only take 7% of a population to change a culture then that tells me that your influence has significant effects of a larger people. You can change the culture of your family, your work place and your class.

If you could change anything about your family, work or friend culture, what would it be?

Story: Week 7 (5th September)

  • Run the episode and characters through Campbell’s ‘Hero’s Cycle’.
  • Identify archetypes. Are they the same as in ‘Tiger Millionaire’? 
  • Are there any changes in characterisation? If so, what and why?


Jail Break is Steven Universe 49th episode of the first season (thats a lot of episodes to one season) and is about Steven helping two gem characters Ruby and Sapphire who when reunited fuse to create Garnet. Enemy character tells Garnet that fusion is a sign of weakness but Garnet sings about how she is stronger made up of two gems and that because she is a fusion she is never alone.


I thought this idea of fusion introduced in Steven Universe was such a creative idea. It relayed to audience of different ages that when you find someone who if focused on you and protecting you and you work together as a team you are stronger than you ever can be individually, that through working with other people you can become a new character of more strength and boldness. I also appreciated the authors choice of choosing two completely contrast characters to fuse into Garnet eluding to the saying ‘opposites attract’ but also a sense of perfect balance when working together with people of different strengths and personalities.

Steven the Helper is called to action when he awakes in a jail cell to the sound of someone singing, He then crosses the threshold when he escapes the cell to ally with character ruby and sapphire and then garnet. The ordeal occurs when the characters battle over the control of the ship and crash land onto earth. Steven and his friends join together to have a final battle with jasper and the fight is won. Finally Steven returns to normal however with a new understanding and excitement of Garnets character.


There is a large variation of character archetypes in Steven Universe as there is in any good story.



  • Hero, Steven is the only one who can break out of the jail and uses this to save a total of 5 characters including himself and excluding the character that did not wish to be saved. (that goes down to 4 characters when 2 of the fuse together, confusing? watch the episode, just saying)
  • Magician, Steven is the only one who is resistant to the jail wall.
  • Caregiver, Steven tells Lapis that he wants to fight the bad guys because they hurt his friends, he is protective over his friends.

In tiger millionaire Steven acts the rebel and the jester when he joins a secret fight club however this is different to his hero magician character in jailbreak. Garnets character also contrasts to tiger millionaire, this is because we have previously only seen Garnet as the strong ruler character with hero, sage qualities. However in Jail break we see Garnet as the victim instead, as the story progresses we see that she is a lover and can also be the hero.

Garnet shows us that even leaders and people we look up two can fall apart sometimes. Her two fusion gems describes to us how we can be in split minds and split confidences even we are in an environment that is not building us up and fulfilling us. I admire Steven in that when he discovers Garnet has weaknesses and needs help to put herself back together again he still reacts with excitement and love and is eager to understand Garnet more.

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Watch the episode here:


STORY: Week 4 (17th August)

I have decided to research the effect of technology on Karangahape road in order to contribute to my project group to address our the 3rd proposition which is ‘what is present will deliver us to the future.’

My research question is, What effect does the use of social and interactive technology currently have on the residents, business owners, frequent and infrequent visitors of Karangahape road?

To what extend has social and interactive technology influenced the culture of Kroad in 2015 to 2016 with particular reference to social media.

How can interactive technology be used in the next 3 years within Karangahape road?

My research will include both quantitative and qualitative research paradigms, this is because I want to explore first the amount of social media platforms and webpages that are associated with K’road but then further explore with personal interaction the effects that social technology has on the culture of K’road in particularly: events, relationships and stores.

I am going to walk down K’road to see to what extend social media is advertised within the streets, particularly store owners and artists, then I will investigate on social media platforms and also personally contact via social medias, email or talking peoples first hand accounts.

I am planning on firstly walking down Kroad to take a photo of every social media icon and web page that I can find to develop quantitative research to see if this is worth exploring further or if there is actually a lack of this technology on K’road and needs to further investigation.

I would like to also research social and interactive medias from other towns and cities domestically and internationally.

I think this will greatly contribute to our group project as it is a contemporary way to research peoples public information and interact with them. Also as the use of technology is forecasted to rapidly increase in the future we would like to investigate ways to help K’road advance in its interactive technology however still allowing it to maintain its unique culture.

Below is some of my brainstorming regarding our research assignment, as many, many helpful and relevant resources where shown to us by Scott last Wednesday.



STORY: Week 3 (10th August)

I have noticed this semester that our class content and reflection exercises are a lot more aligned to contribute to our project development. I have found this really useful as It is becoming more clear what each class requires of their project assessment but also because it has given us more opportunities to be able to work with our team from an early stage, collaborate on ideas and really figure out each others strengths and talents.

Though this exercise in particular we have been able to get a definite sense of our direction as a team.

1: What is the name of your group?


2: Who are the members?

Charlie, Reecy, Bailey, Joe

3: What is the Proposition you’re responding to?

What is present will deliver to us the future.

4: Why have you chosen this Proposition?

We want to explore how Karangahape Road can grow and advance in the future but yet maintain its culture of the now

5: What is the Outcome format you have selected?

We will do this through a publication (both printed and digital) that explored individual characters of K’road through interviews. These videoed interviews will also be incorporated into the digital publication.

6: Why have you chosen that format?

We would like to do this because it is best tailored to celebrate the individuals of k road whilst presenting it in a contemporary and futuristic form, complementing the people of the present and the technology of the future.

7: Is there a specific question that underlies your Group Project?

How can Karangahape road grow and advance in the future whilst authentically maintaining its present culture?

8: What do you currently know about the issue, topic, idea or field that you want to investigate?

We would like to tell the stories of the individual personalities instead of a large population focus. This is because we feel that individual of K road can often be overlooked and stereotyped within New Zealand.

9: What is the story of Karangahape Road that you wish your group to tell?

The culture of K’road is made up of many individual personalities; these personalities will shape the future of K’road. We wish to highlight specific people and present their stories as they play a part in the collective make up of Kroad.

STORY: Week 2 (3rd August)

Recently I got my colours done. What is this? well it is when you meet with a stylist and they show you the colours that best complement your skin tone in order for you to shop more wisely when it comes to clothing, make up and jewellery.

Everybody has different skin tones and appearance characteristics but the undertone of your skin will never change and these can be separated in to two categories: warm and cool, and then from those the stylist can match you up with a seasonal colour palette as a guide.

My season is summer. What colouring is summer? well I am very fair skin with very blonde hair. Summer’s are usually very light skinned and has a cooler tone. Kate Middleton is also a summer, fair skin but dark hair. Sommer colours can be best described as an english garden. Apparently. This is my colour booklet:


Characteristically summer coloured people are usually more of a gentle nature, in contrast to winter people which tend to be more bold in their colours but also in their outfit styling.

Where am I going with this? I gained a very interesting insight about myself from my style inspiration family tree and that is: majority of my inspirations in fact 5/6 on this tree are winter colours.


What does this insight tell me about myself, well, myself as a summer who naturally has a more gentle, modest nature similar to Kate Middleton and Reece Witherspoon desires to be more bold, daring and out there with my styling choices like winter Kim Kardashian and Meegan Fox.

I feel like this tells me more about myself. Do I admire these people fashion and follow their fashion sense because I see characteristics in them, expressed through their styling choices because I don’t see the same characteristics in myself and wish to be more than what I am. Although I do love these girls fashion I do find myself not very regularly wearing exact outfits of theirs out of shyness and not wanting people to look at me out of a crowd.

Yet when I talked to the Stylist Keri, she agreed but also came from another angle. Keri said that she knows so many winters that wish they were more gentle, more modest, more like summers in nature. Funny huh? but always seems to be the way.

So here is my last thought for the day, I believe we should all have mentors, inspirations or people we look up to, but they should be people unlike ourselves. Why? well we need to be always looking forward, looking to how we can grow and improve ourselves. We should chose people to aspire to because we see values and characteristics in them that we don’t yet have ourselves in order to one day attain that and maybe even become someones else’ inspiration.

STORY: Week 1 (27th July)

Today was our first class of Story world, It was so good to get back into using my brain as I had felt it went dead over the holidays.

We were challenged by the idea that nothing is an original, specifically all art and design pieces are merely steals of other already made.

I find it so funny how presenters will open up with a shocking sometime controversial catch phrase in order to capture peoples attention, this weeks video was “Steal like an artist” or “the best designers steal.”

However, when listening to the video more and Austin Kleon explain his idea further; I then understood his opinion.

It is imposible for us as humans to create something original and completely unheard of or unimagined. Even our own body are a created from two prior sources, our parents. Our language, our ideas, our education, have been worked on for thousands of years to become what it is today.

This ‘steal like an artist’ idea gave me a lot of confidence, why? because I always thought in order to be a mega super famous rich designer you had to come up with an idea so original. That is not the case, rather we need to expand our horizons, research a lot more in order to pull ideas from more sources to collaborate into one idea. Or how Scott put it – exit the village to expand the gene pool.

This week I questioned someone about the intelligence of our generation. They were arguing that our generation, our world today is the more intelligent that has ever been. I contrasted that thought with this; Yes we have a lot more knowledge and higher education and qualified society than those 100 years ago however, we only have our knowledge today because it has been tried and tested over thousands of years. We may think that people were silly to think that the world was flat but that was only because someone found out for us that it wasn’t.

Below is a small family tree considering the inspiration for my personal fashion style. Starting with two girls Abby and Brittany that I know and I researched their Pinterest and Instagram accounts.