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Talking of the auteur?

By | Film, Photography, We Are OCA

In the final assignment of the Film Culture course the student is asked to consider the influence of an individual director within the context of a cinematic movement. From time to time an audience can find itself well blessed with works from number of hugely influential and talented auteurs and 2016 has been no exception. I want to consider two directors whose work has resulted me in spending many emotional hours in darkness amongst the company of strangers.

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Traditional textile techniques used in contemporary ways – Part 2: Embroidery

By | Fine Art, textile art, Textiles, We Are OCA

If you are interested in using embroidery in your own creative practice I suggest you research widely, exploring the approaches of other contemporary practitioners. Be open-minded about the surfaces you stitch into, the places where embroidery can appear, the patterns and designs you create and what can be communicated through stitch.

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The view from here

By | Ba(hons) Photography, Film, Fine Art, Galleries, landscape, Photography, study visit, Study Visits

Join OCA tutor Wendy McMurdo on the 12 of November at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh. The View From Here | Landscape Photography explores the theme of landscape through photographs from the 1840s to the present day. This exhibition brings together a selection of prints that transport the viewer around the world

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How travel influences my writing

By | Creative Writing

During my student days I hitch-hiked round Europe, getting as far as Istanbul and meeting interesting people, getting in and out of sticky situations, and becoming more and more hooked on other cultures, climates, scenery, wildlife. It’s only now I’m in my sixties that I’ve had the time and money to pursue my addiction – the gathering of exotic material for my writing.

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Michael Tippett: “Ritual Dances” from The Midsummer Marriage

By | Music, opera, paganism

With these strong psychological ideas of masculine and feminine combined with nature, Tippett was not eschewing the modern tendency to belittle these old beliefs but to accept them and re-present them in a vibrant modern way within his own musical and dramatic language. This gives them new life, reinvigorating them for an audience in a modern world of multilayered concepts and emotions which, when combined with our cultural history, resonates with each and every one of us.

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Traditional textile techniques used in contemporary ways – Part 1: Crochet

By | crochet, Fine Art, Textiles, We Are OCA

Many OCA textile students come to their studies after years of developing and becoming highly skilled in a range of traditional textile techniques. I am writing a series of blog posts that introduces a number of contemporary practitioners. My hope is to widen the knowledge base of our textile students, broaden your outlook to different possibilities and encourage OCA textile students to create innovative engaging and contemporary textiles during their studies. I am starting with crochet.

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Decorex Inspiration 2016

By | textile design, Textiles

Amidst the serene surroundings of Syon Park, the decorex.com exhibition was, as always, full of inspiration for the interiors market. The show keeps a tight reign on quality and the exhibitors provide the finest supplies for contemporary and historic interior decoration.

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