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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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Kill your darlings

By | 'Off the shelf', Creative Writing, creative writing workshop, Liz Cashdan, Sheffield, Study Visits, Weston Park Museum

There are rich picking to be had for creative writers who spend time in museums. That’s what visitors to OCA tutor Liz Cashdan’s Memory and Memoire writing workshop discovered at Sheffield’s Off the Shelf Festival of Words last weekend. Roaming the…

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In conversation with: Kid Acne

By | Film, Fine Art, Music, Photography, Visual Communications

Last week I attended an illustrated talk by musician, illustrator and street artist Kid Acne. This event was part of the Off the Shelf festival in Sheffield and Kid Acne, real name Ed, designed the logo for this year’s festival. We got a snapshot of the last 20 years culmination of work which led to this design.

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