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Stay creative

Choosing and continuing to be creative is a really important act of self-care.  Whether you write, draw, sew, sculpt, paint, photograph or play an instrument, you can improve your mental wellbeing.  Over the coming weeks OCA will post open, creative content that everyone can get involved in.

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Student stories: Sophie Devereux, Textiles.

I had to resit this module. Of course I was disappointed to have to do so, but it forced me to reflect on how and what I was learning. With the help of the course leader, Rebecca Fairley, I learnt how to use critical thinking skills to notice things I hadn’t considered before: especially composition and marks.

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Creating pattern and forms with under-celebrated materials

Pattern has been a huge anchor for my own practice, and it is often intrinsic to designing and creating textiles even if we don’t realise it. I wanted to share images of contemporary practitioners that explore pattern within their work, but also focus on works that use under-celebrated materials- the things that are perhaps classed as mundane, or simply overlooked.

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Student review: The Grosvenor Quilt Show, January 2020.

The quilts give me ideas of colour matching, density, fabrics used, pattern and fluidity. I also like to see the threads they have used to enhance the images and patterns.

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Woven Textiles exploring sustainable and waste materials

The textiles and fashion industry is second only to the oil industry in terms of the huge amount of pollution created from production and manufacture, and it needs real change to become sustainable in terms of the effects on the environment and being sensitive to kinder production within the design supply chain. I wanted to write a blog post that shines a little spotlight on some contemporary practitioners who are creating the innovative fabrics the industry is so desperate for whilst also using sustainable fibres and waste material, to push traditional weaving techniques and create exciting fabrics.

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Study event review: Zandra Rhodes

A group of textile students met textiles tutor Priscilla Edwards on a damp morning on Saturday 7 December at the Fashion and Textile Museum (FTM) on Bermondsey Street, a short walk from London Bridge station.

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Study event: Zandra Rhodes

Join OCA tutor Priscilla Edwards on the 7 December in London.

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Support in the ARF /Pt 2

Alongside the new changes to the Academic Regulatory Framework, OCA is introducing a number of new mechanisms designed to better support students.   What is the support in the ARF?   These are the Active Study Policy, Reasonable Adjustments Policy, and a revised Mitigating Circumstances Policy, and also the changes to degree pathways.   OCA […]

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