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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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Assessment laid bare

I often think that being a fly on the wall at assessment events would help students get their heads around how best to present their work for assessment.  We are into our third week of assessment at OCA HQ, and this week we have the painting assessors here.  We always grab them to talk about […]

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How to tempt Pat into a bodice

Textiles assessor Pat Hodson was impressed with Jackie Ward’s textiles submission at the last assessment, and picked it out to inspire other students… check out this video of Pat talking about the backdrop to Jackie’s final submission, a bodice.

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The passionate textile artist

A response to recent discussions with face to face students, concerning Passion in Textiles – in all its guises Often students start a Textiles course because they’re passionate about making. They may already have indepth knowledge of sewing, knitting and so on, perfected over years in their spare time and come to love the techniques. But some […]

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Fantastic new resource for OCA students!

We are delighted to announce that OCA now has an annual subscription to the invaluable Oxford Art Online. This subscription isn’t just for a picture library but a virtual art reference library and gateway to search the huge content of Grove Art Online and other Oxford art reference resources including The Oxford Companion to Western […]

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Multi-sensory Lithuania

I have just returned from a very exciting Textile event in Lithuania, which I would like to share with OCA textile students and tutors. The European Textile Network holds an International Conference on Textiles in a different country  every two years, the last one being in Austria.  Four years ago, it took place in London […]

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The Small Matter of Edges

Often, in the making of a piece of wall hung textile art, the finishing off stage can be surprisingly sticky. It will catch you out if you let it; everything goes so swimmingly well, and then, just as you come to nearly the end – what to do with those edges? Ideally, this is something […]

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A Seat in the Memory – can you help?

Almost eight months into the four year part time masters degree in Fine Art, James Kowacz, one of OCA’s current MA students, is embarking on a fascinating participative project,  ‘A Seat in the Memory’.  He is looking for people to contribute to it.  Whether you are a photographer, artist or creative writer, you can contribute […]

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Writing on the Wallhanging

I come back to Rosalind Wyatt’s work once more,  because quite simply, her textile art  illustrates so many ideas and themes. For the moment, I want to focus on her use of text on fabric, something which often causes  concern to students and much sampling and trying out of expensive supplies.  I would always encourage […]

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Study day at a Grayson Perry curated show at the British Museum and William Morris at Temple Place

There are two gems of exhibitions coming up which will form the basis of a study visit on 19th November. Designed with textiles students in mind, it may also appeal to other visual arts students because of the breadth of coverage in these exhibitions. Grayson Perry has curated ‘The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman’ which […]

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