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RE:[teacherartexchange] teacherartexchange digest: October 05, 2006


From: Maureen (mmorris_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Oct 06 2006 - 09:20:43 PDT

The conversation about fashion as context to personal/historical identity is
a fascinating one. Even for those that do not see the relevance, people's
fashion through history reflects the social, political, psychological,
cultural dimension of the time. Patterns and textures of textiles are an
intuitive next step. Junior High School students are particularly prone to
clichés of certain symbols like anarchy, smiley faces, peace out symbols,
etc. As a one time punk rocker myself, I can appreciate anarchy for its
philosophical perspective. Student's use of certain symbols certainly can
create an opening for dialogue about such things. Again, there are
historical/political/psychological elements which students are often unaware
of. For example, the yellow smiley face became a symbol of the peace loving
hippies of the sixties and seventies and with that time period comes a
particular perspective in fashion that reflects that fun loving spirited
philosophy. Bright colors, groovy flowers and long dangling scarves
epitomize the fashion of the times. Contrast that with the fashion of the
fifties. It sounds fun!

Maureen Morris
Arts Ed Coordinator
The Leonardo
210 East 400 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
(801) 531-9800

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