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Lost in Lace reviewed

This exhibition visited by a group of OCA students and tutors recently challenged many traditional perspectives of lace and presented a wide interpretation of the theme by contemporary textile practitioners. My overwhelming first impression of the exhibition was the sheer scale of some of the work on display; from Atelier Manferdini’s Inverted Crystal Cathedral, (see […]

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Student work uncovered … 'getting stuck in'

Here, textiles assessor Pat Moloney, talks about Jackie Lim’s work and her approach to learning. Jackie’s delight in the observation of nature comes through in the beautiful little textiles samples she produces.

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Textiles study visit in Manchester

There will be a textiles study visit to the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester on 14 April starting at 11 am. Textiles have formed part of the Whitworth’s collection since the gallery opened in 1890. Objects in the collection date from the 3rd century AD to the present day and reflect the social function of textiles […]

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Take the Plunge – Weave Some Tapestry!

Several times lately, I’ve been asked for help by students really struggling with the weaving section of Textiles 1.  Apologies to those tutors and students who are weavers, but this is an area which causes a lot of headaches for many. I think in all fairness, some of this is probably down to preconceived ideas […]

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Untitled Post

It is becoming increasingly hard to keep track of all the things OCA students are doing, with growing numbers blogging their learning logs, setting up informal meetings, etc, but this is something special. Student Penny Rowe has got together with fellow students to launch an online exhibition. Called ‘Untitled’, it is just fabulous, take a […]

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Finding arty gems in the haystack

As we all know, the web provides a great array of wonderful stuff, but it is a challenge to sift the good from the indifferent and downright bad. But now an initiative based on a philosophy of collaboration in the arts community is beginning to bear fruit. Chris Follows, of the University of the Arts, […]

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A lacy midlands study day!

Step into a world of lace like you’ve never seen it before. See how the patterns, materials and cultural traditions of lace are represented through radical new approached by UK and international artists. This OCA study day will be of interest to Fine Art and textiles students. It will take place on Saturday 11 February […]

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The Dark Side of Textile Art

Quite recently,  one of my students (you’ll know who you are!) was talking about the work of Tracey Ermin, how she admired her ability to put so much of herself into it, to be totally honest.  This, she agreed, is what really constitutes the art in textile art, the work says something,  expressing the soul […]

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Learner Support Scheme launched

We are pleased to announce the launch of an enhanced Learner Support Scheme.   Trustees have set aside a budget of up to £15,000 in each financial year to underpin this important development. The new scheme will ensure the continuation of the existing bursary scheme but add four new components.  These are: help with attending OCA […]

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