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OCA Textiles: Observational drawing as research

Observational drawing can be a great start to any project research. By observing and responding to a subject matter directly, qualities can literally be “drawn out” that you can use to develop into new ideas.  It is interesting to see the variety of different approaches there are to observational drawing.

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The Art of Invitation – Part 2

It is common for an artist to write a statement defining their practice. In my opinion this serves a greater purpose for the artist than for the audience (who, after all, should be free to respond emotionally to an experience rather than being instructed regarding its intention). I have been writing and rewriting my statement […]

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The Art of Invitation – Part 1

‘Beacon’ 2016, Installation on an ancient beacon site where the audience is invited by the light rather than by a selective process. My work is the investigation of pathways, migrations and unplanned encounters. It is only with hindsight that I can understand the rationale behind my creative practice. I call this retrospective research; looking back […]

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Student work: Jane Murdock

I am very pleased to be sharing with you the work of BA Textiles student Jane Murdock, who has just completed and had assessed her work for Textiles 2: Contemporary Practice. 

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Textiles and jewellery

As my own textiles practice has, for the past few years now, been venturing more and more into the jewellery sector, I have built up a real fascination with how textiles and jewellery disciplines have such a fine line between them and so easily blurred. I know that many, many practitioners work in a multi-disciplinary way, with many choosing to not specify which ‘section’ of the art and craft sector they reside – which I equally appreciate as well- but focusing in on just the relationship between more ‘typical’ textiles and jewellery disciplines is a very interesting area of research to me. 

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Kinetic textiles

Whilst the majority of textile-based work involves a degree of drape, movement or surface interest; some designers choose to focus solely on the movement of a piece- the kinetic nature of the material they have created. I have chosen to share with you four practitioners who have created work that explore the kinetic values of their chosen materials.

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Student work: Sheena Murray

In this blog post I am delighted to be sharing the work of BA Textiles student Sheena Murray, who recently completed and submitted for assessment Textiles 1: Ideas and Processes. 

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Student work: Julie Hooker

As one of the first Textiles students to submit work digitally for assessment Julie made several videos as a way of describing and illustrating the tactile and physical qualities of her work.

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OCA wellbeing: On self-care

Increasing online presence may result in online fatigue with visual and somatic symptoms. To Self- care and to be aware of changing habits and maladaptive behaviour patterns may overcome not only chronic ‘online’ disease but also negative impact on concentration, mood and emotions. 

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