For portfolio I’m thinking about creating some form of Parish Magazine. Created in the mid-1800s, Parish Magazines begun as a result of cheaper printing costs and lower printing taxes making the production of a magazine more affordable for the Parish. The first Parish Magazine was written by hand and intended to be an educational tool for the poor to learn to read. As such much of it was comic book in style and taught the importance of clean water and other health concerns. It was considered an extension of the church in promoting conformity and the correct, moral way of living. From here some vicars made their parish magazines more academic in content promoting ideas liberal education and self learning to its readers, magazines like these were generally less read by the poor but more highbrow readers. Battersea vicar John Erkstine created a family magazine insert in the Parish News.It contained sermons, secular stories and illustrations for the enjoyment of all parishioners. From the victorian period onwards they were a key part of church communication with their parishioners.
In terms of my project I think this could be incorporated as a way of expressing the interaction between various community members and my proposal, and possibly a way of understanding the true issues in the site that I’m responding to. So much of faith is recorded in sacred objects and sacred texts when the actual impact of interaction with these objects, the broader meaning to individual people is less expressed. Perhaps this method could explore that? Last week I had also been discussing ideas of using illuminated manuscript as a portfolio technique. Both illuminated manuscripts and parish magazines have a history in using imagery to educate or offer understanding to all social groups. So on a concept level perhaps I could use both of these techniques or the theory behind them to explore different perspectives on society and social need.