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October 2016

How to crack the reflective essay: Part 1

By | BA Hons creative writing, Creative Writing, Fine Art, Music, Photography, Textiles, Visual Communications

The reflective essay is one part of the assignments that generates a lot of discussion! Getting in touch with the creative part of ourselves and expressing that through engaging prose is a challenge of itself. But for the creative writer who is undertaking serious study though there is no getting away from cracking the reflective essay.

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In conversation with: Susannah Douglas

By | Fine Art

‘We all have an image of ourselves posed in school uniform, eating an ice cream at a birthday party, lined up for a family portrait. If not we recognise the form. These photographs provide the evidence for the construction of our personal narratives. The desire for unique moments, the significant point in the story, is a powerful desire.’

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Traditional textile techniques used in contemporary ways – Part 3: Knitting

By | textile art, Textiles

Knitting has come down the ages as a means to turn wool and other fibres into useable, usually domestic objects. Despite being a highly skilled activity knitting is most frequently seen as a handicraft and marginalised by the conventional art world into a feminine form of expression. As with crochet the technique has plastic abilities that allow the artist to express freely in 3 dimensions. In the hands of contemporary artists and practitioners both women and men are bringing knitting into galleries and to the forefront of artistic expression.

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If you build it, they will come

By | exhibition, Fine Art, Galleries, gallery, Photography, Popular Culture, Student Work

A few months ago we blogged about the [(6)] – six alumni photography students who have come together again to create a new body of work. This work shot in Oxford, England and exhibited in Oxford, Canada. To add further interest to an already exciting event the Oxford Riverside Gallery was set up by one of OCA’s MA students Mathew Aldred.

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Rodoulla Anastasiou

By | Fine Art, Student Work

OCA tutor and assessor Doug Burton looks at the work of BA (Hons) Painting student Rodoulla Anastasiou. Through her approach to media and observational drawing in her sketchbooks she explores ideas and subjects and the outcomes are imaginative and visually exciting.

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Edgezine – issue 1 aftermath

By | Creative Writing, fanzine, Film, Fine Art, Music, Photography, Popular Culture, Student Work, Textiles, Visual Communications

Collaborating with other OCA students has been a real highlight these past few months. All the hard work has paid off and our first issue of Edge-zine is printed and winging it’s way to various destinations in the UK and overseas.

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