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March 2016

Beware of emotions

By | Creative Writing

So many students, particularly those writing poetry, have told me that they are interested in expressing their emotions. I have to say, whether you are writing prose or poetry, emotion is not a good place to start.

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New textiles tutor: Introducing Cari Morton

By | Education, Textiles

“As a new tutor on the Textiles Degree I thought it would be good to introduce myself to you via WeAreOCA. I’ve worked with a number of the OCA tutors at other institutions over the years and having heard about the fantastic ethos of the OCA, I’m excited to be starting as a tutor.”

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In conversation: Sarah Taylor Silverwood

By | Education, Fine Art, Galleries

I first encountered artist Sarah Taylor Silverwood’s work a couple of years ago when I went to see the Ruskin Prize exhibit in the Millennium gallery in Sheffield. Hers was my favourite piece in the show and I began to follow her websites and lust over her drawings. I asked Sarah if she wouldn’t mind asking some questions for us and she said yes!

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Remote collaborations: Atlantic Fusion

By | Music, Student Work

One of the many benefits of the rapid pace of technological advancement in music software, and of the internet, are the increased possibilities open to collaborating creatively from remote locations; creating music with people that have never even physically met!

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Andrew Howe: In Parallel

By | Education, Fine Art, Galleries, Student Work

Level 3 Creative Arts student Andrew Howe has an exhibition opening this Friday at Participate Contemporary Artspace in Shrewsbury. Andrew is one of OCA’s longstanding students starting almost 12 years ago, this exhibition marks the end of his degree as he brings together his painting and photographic practice.

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Composing and winged horses

By | Creative Writing, Education, Fine Art, Music, Photography, Student Work, Textiles, Visual Communications

As an OCA tutor, one of the most fascinating parts of my job is reading through Learning Logs and seeing how different people approach the various challenges and concepts that the courses present. I have always felt that teaching is a two-way process, and that a good teacher can learn from their students, especially in terms of seeing things from different perspectives.

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Looking at adverts: 15

By | Photography, Popular Culture, Visual Communications

Today, adverts invite women and men to play dolls with themselves. But for this to be acceptable for male consumers it must be disguised as playing soldiers, or at least some sort of useful ‘work’. A feminine version of consumption is only palatable if it is masculinised. Instead of relating it to pleasure, the product is made to signify a scientific process, an investment and a form of labour. It is about precision and adding value to the body, with the added help of Swiss engineering technology.

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