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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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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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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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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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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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Students are doing it for themselves

By | Ba(hons) Photography, Education, Film, Fine Art, Galleries, Music, Photography, Student Work, Study Visits, Textiles, Visual Communications

Sketchbooks. Context. Presentation of work. Articulation of ideas. Peer-group feedback. What do these topics have in common? They all come high on the list of absolute nail-biters for students of the creative arts – and they were all addressed in some way at the most recent meeting of the OCASA Thames Valley (Photography) Group.

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Manchester textiles study visit

By | BA hons textiles degree, Fine Art, Galleries, study visit, Study Visits, Textiles, We Are OCA

On Sunday 13 November OCA tutor and programme leader Rebecca Fairley will host a study visit to two venues in Manchester. In the morning the group will visit The Whitworth then move onto Manchester Art Gallery for the afternoon. The day will be full of gorgeous textiles from stylish mid century fabrics to cutting edge fashion.

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