The Craft of Metaphor

I poke my finger. Gently, I press it to see where I have punctured it yet again and a bead of blood tickles my skin. Shallow. I slide my needle through five green beads, five red. My nose nearly touches the cloth as I force the metal and fabric into conversation. This small item is…

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I Know you are but What Am I? Reclaiming Narratives of Cultural and Individual Identity

With a course as interdisciplinary and multi-voiced as this, it can be difficult to connect the dots between these lectures and construct the intentional metanarrative latent in the masterful curation of these activities into a single “Course”. One theme that seems apparent in the speakers we’ve seen—from The Pass System documentary, narrated by indigenous peoples…

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A letter from the Managing Editor

Blog: noun (s). A child that feeds on all your time, energy, and resources, but will never love you back (or pay into your retirement fund). I accepted Joel’s offhanded invitation to take over the blog in the academic counselling waiting room two years ago on a whim.  I thought to myself, “I’m in FIMS;…

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Uncreative Writing

In AH 2220F – Effective Communication in the Arts and Humanities – individual students completed an “uncreative writing” project, building on the concepts introduced in the book Uncreative Writing by Kenneth Goldsmith. The book examines techniques traditionally thought to be outside the scope of literature, such as cutting and pasting, databasing, identity ciphering, and programming. Goldsmith presents the idea…

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Constructing the Dress

My idea for this dress was to make an outfit that expressed a message about mental health (figure 1). In part, I wanted to use the outfit as a means to make the inside match the outside. It is not necessarily meant to symbolize one specific mental illness; however, it draws upon commonalities shared by…

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“Duck Taped Bodies”

This is for the days when you’re not ready to face the world When your bed is safe and warm and comforting and the outside world is cruel and harsh and angry It will judge you and curse you and scream in your face These days, you Just can’t Do It It’s a matter of…

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