Intrigued by the resurgence and the repetition of the fleur de lis image, I
began to satisfy my curiosity by researching more about its origins. I wanted to
find out how it started and what it really meant; but now I am lost in a maze of
fleur-de-lis, and I am not attempting to discover its origins but rather how it
is used. Through vigorous research and recordings made possible through a
sighting journal I will address the question, what is it about this successful
image that lends itself so readily to various contexts and is there a single
connection between these images? A study of the history of this image will
enable an analysis to be drawn of the various meanings given to and the
retention of the fleur de lis image.
Examining the contexts in which the Fleur de Lis image is seen will demonstrate the role that culture plays in how meaning is derived in each Fleur de Lis image. What may have begun as an image denoting positions of prestige has been integrated into everyday use among the not so ordinary common people. Using a sightings journal, a recording of the instances in which fleur de lis appear, to fuel and satisfy my curiosity with the image of the fleur de lis as each sighting leads me into different paths of
research. In addition to driving my research, these images will provide a variety of contexts in which to probe and analyze for a more in-depth study of the Fleur de Lis. As well as satisfying my curiosity for this image, this research will consequently permit a more thorough understanding of how graphic arts and humanities play a significant role and work in tandem with each other as mutual collaborators. Graphic design creates and delves into images and what they come to represent in a practical way. Humanities in this application are how images are able to be used and the meaning that we associate with each image.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Down to the wire
This is another revision of the thesis in which I hope I have been clear conscise and had a chance to iron out all the wrinkles that needed clarifying.