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    Reflection

    My entire life, I’ve had difficulty writing. It was just never my thing, but I’ve always wanted to become “good” at it. Coming into this class, I was really just expecting a regular English class where we just write a bunch of little essays that never really created any real connections, and after writing them, we just forget about them, but this class feels different. The work revolves around these projects and is structured so that everything is related in one way or another. There’s so much thinking and time that has to be put into each of these projects. Each of them was so different, that work didn’t feel…

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    A Reflective Writing Draft

    I’ve never been much of a writer, and don’t expect on becoming an expert anywhere in the future. Coming into this class, I was mostly expecting a bunch of short essays about topics that usually feel random. In my high school English composition class, I had to read a few short stories and write essays, never mentioning them again. This class has been a very unique. Everything that we do in this class is like it’s continual. It feels like it’s all connected in a way, and is always encouraging me to think and really put effort into my works. I’ve never had a class that’s centered on projects. There’s…

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    Essay v. Essay

    “Essays in Material Culture” uses a wide array of strange terminology: pedagogic sampler, significant sympathetic vibration, texture of engagement, and plenty more. It wasn’t impossible to gather meaning from it, just slightly challenging. It was tiring to have continually decipher the many phrases several times over in my head as I reread it, which was why I had started rewriting it in my wording. I felt that the general idea behind the essay was simple, but the way that the writer decided to communicate it was anything but. It was the way that the words were ordered and the degree of abstractness that brought me confusion on multiple occasions. This…

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    A Translation of “Essays in Material Culture” In Part

    Introduction The essays collected in this volume, intended for both scholars and students, exemplify a method that both groups share, Prownian analysis, the history and theoretical foundation which are explained by Jules Prown in the Preface and opening part of this volume. These essays involve a sense of imagination in the study of history. They make up a sort of educational collection, a collection of essays concerning the origin of words and the development of their meanings: experiments of a meticulous, yet practical way of understanding things. At the core of this book, underlying each contribution and the informing of the collective group, lies a shared concern with the expression…

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    My Sense of the Quilt

    On the 29th of October, I visited the NAMES Project Foundation to search for a quilt panel that will act as the foundation for this project. I searched for several minutes before coming across David Toomey’s of block 4378. The colors used and the style of art that it displayed had interested me. It stood out from the other quilts that I observed prior to this one. When I first met with it, I imagined it as more of an piece of art rather than a tribute to someone who was lost to HIV/AIDS. The piece wasn’t exactly visually appealing, but this did not deter me, not in the least.…

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    A Sense of the Quilt

    On the 29th of October, I found a quilt dedicated to David Toomey at the NAMES Project Foundation on the bottom right corner of block 4378. I revisited the project building on November 6th to properly describe this quilt panel. Like most other quilt panels, it takes the shape of a rectangle and has the dimensions of 3x6m feet. This one is oriented vertically. The descriptions in this text will describe the quilt in portrait orientation where the name and lifetime is located towards the bottom of the quilt. The quilt can be broken down into two separate parts: the space containing the image, and the space containing the information…

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    Realizing the Problem

    The primary audience for this blog are people in developing countries where it is common for people to face decisions that put themselves at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS. This blog hopes to raise awareness concerning the possible consequences of HIV/AIDS and encourage individuals to consider how it will affect their lives and also the lives of their loved ones. David Toomey’s quilt suggests that chronic diseases such as HIV/AIDS can have lasting effects on people aside from themselves. In many parts of the world, HIV/AIDS has contributed to the severe impairment of a caregiver’s ability to provide for their dependents. In countries such as China, where HIV/AIDS is widespread, infection…

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    A Sense of the Quilt in Chaos

    November 11, 2018 Block 4378 David ToomeyIt is a rectangle. It is oriented vertically. There are different shapes, colors, fabrics, patterns, and animals. Two or more layers are sewn together. Names and years are made of some sort of golden twine. The person’s name and years are located towards the bottom of the quilt. It shines. The other parts of the quilt does not shine. The letters and numbers that it forms is done in a consistent way. Each letter and number has a sort of outline and the parts of the letter that fills these outlines are horizontal and at some points, bend to fill the rounded edges of…