I wanted to study Textiles, but the increase in university fees, family and work commitments ruled out full time education. I enrolled OCA in September 2009, which offered flexibility and affordability. I had a nervous start but my tutor encouraged me to research, draw, experiment, and reflect. Learning new techniques and focusing on the process as much as the outcome, my confidence grew alongside my practice. Meeting new people, sharing experiences and tips have been inspiring. I could only integrate textiles into my life through flexible studying. OCA provided me with this opportunity and now I feel I’m in my element.