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The long and winding thread…. thumb

The long and winding thread….

Introducing our new textiles blogger, OCA tutor Trisha Goodwin. Trisha has already produced one interesting post, with the striking image of an embroidered rusty car door in it. Now she tells us more about her life and her work. ‘My route to becoming a textile artist/designer/tutor was not an obvious one, which I feel gives […]

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Similar Threads

Similar Threads is the name of a very small showcase exhibition in a shop foyer which I came across recently whilst on holiday in North Wales. Held at the wonderfully stylish Mostyn Gallery in Llandudno, it’s on until the 1st September, so catch it if you’re anywhere near. What really caught my attention was this […]

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Making the most of sketchbooks and learning logs thumb

Making the most of sketchbooks and learning logs

Eileen Adams is a fervent believer in the value of sketchbooks. We were delighted when this sketchbook guru (known for her contribution to Campaign for Drawing) agreed to be filmed talking about sketchbooks and the role of learning logs. I approached her after hearing her keynote speech at a conference all about sketchbooks earlier in […]

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The Solent

There was a lot of exceptional work submitted at the last assessment event in March, but the one piece that could not be ignored was Avril Lewis’ level 3 project on the Solent. The finished piece is huge; at something like six by four feet, it is not really possible to convey the impact such […]

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No salami slicing, but a chef at work … thumb

No salami slicing, but a chef at work …

Andrew Haydon’s coverage of the Arts Funding Cuts was an excellent exploration of what was good, bad and indifferent about them. It made me think that anyone who cares about the arts should be engaged in the debate about arts funding cuts, it may mean fewer (or different? even – better?) exhibitions and theatre and […]

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Textile, Silver, Wood

Joanna Kinnersly-Taylor is a printed textile artist and designer and tutor with the OCA and is based in Glasgow. She is exhibiting new work at the Danish Cultural Institute in Edinburgh as part of ‘Textile, Silver, Wood’, with Alisdair McKay, Bente Astrup Moe and Sidsel Dorph-Jensen. The current scope of Joanna’s printed textile practice embraces […]

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Two more degrees… thumb

Two more degrees…

Aspiring writers and textiles enthusiasts take note! The OCA has just had two new degrees validated — a BA(Hons) Creative Writing degree and a BA(Hons) Textiles degree. The BA(Hons) Creative Writing degree offers a wide range of specialist modules, including narrative and dialogue, writing for children, life writing and writing poetry. It’s the only open […]

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Blog of the week: Fibre Friday

With increasing numbers of students blogging their learning logs we thought it would be a good idea to have a weekly feature drawing your attention to a student blog that has caught our attention. It will not be a ‘best of’ blog listing, rather a ‘look at this, it’s interesting’. And since today is Friday, […]

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