Richard Hpa 300226122 CCDN 231 Assignment 2 Tutor: Philippa Shipley Glamour: full of glamour; charmingly or fascinatingly attractive, especially in a mysterious or magical way.
The Everyday Experience of eating an apple is something that a lot of people do. There is not much that can be changed to make this experience feel a different way. But I managed to find a few ways to get the user to feel ‘glamorous’ (see above definition). Changing the look of the apple was something that helped change the experience. In the experiment that I chose to write about I decided to do some apple art. There are a lot of artists that make some very beautiful works of art from apples. For this assignment I carved a swan out of an apple. A swan is regarded by most people to be a glamorous bird, so I think it would help the participant in my experiment to feel glamorous while eating it. According to the website, ‘thefreedictionary.com’ the meaning of glamour is ‘fascinating or voluptuous beauty’. So I wanted to show something beautiful with my apple art. When I researched beautiful things, I came across the idea of doing a swan. While looking a bit deeper into swans, I found a journal entry called ‘Freeing the swan’ by Herbert J. Levine (1981). One line he states in his work is ‘the swans’ legendary beauty’ (pg415). So having a swan, which is described as a bird with ‘legendary beauty’, seemed to be a good reason to be used in my work. There are many different definitions of glamour, but something stood out among the many that I looked up. That something glamorous should be mesmerizing. So when I made my swan apple, I wanted it to be something that catches the eye of the participant in my experiment. In the book ‘Glamour: Making it Modern’ by Michael Lassell (2009), he states that ‘One could, at one time, speak of being ‘under a glamour’, as being under a spell or enraptured’ (pg8). This is also stated in a journal article written by Carol S. Gould (2005) called ‘Glamour as an Aesthetic Property of Person’.
She states ‘Glamour, I argue here, is this sort of personal quality’ (pg237). From what Gould said for something to have ‘glamour’ it all depends on the user. So if I wanted to show this activity to have a feeling of glamour to it, I needed to have a participant who finds swans glamorous. When I tested my experiment on my friend Jessica White, I already knew that she likes swans, so I was hoping that what Gould stated would apply to her. She stated that she thought it was amazing, and that she was very curious about how it was made, which is the reason why she couldn’t keep her eyes off it. She stated that in some way she was ‘under a spell’. So according to Lassell, glamour has to be something that makes the viewer feel entranced, which is what I think I have done with my experiment. So I think that this experiment has been a success. In doing this, I found that there are many forms of glamour. So in conclusion, for something to produce the mood of glamour, it has to be something that the participant is already interested in. References: Levine H, J (1981). Freeing the Swans. ELH. 48(2), 411-426. Lassell, M (2009). Glamour: Making it Modern. New York: Filipacchi Publishing. Gould C S (2005). Glamour as an Aesthetic Property of Person’. The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. 63(3), 237-247.
All photos taken by Richard Hpa A special thank you to Jessica White for participating in this experiment Word count (excluding reference list): 545