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Strange and Curious Matters

What a great day was had at the Textiles Symposium Day at Stroud Festival a few weekend ago; loads of stimulation and new ideas to take home. With  so much to take in, a full day of lectures and many speakers, including those below,  one thing stood out loudly – what a strange and curious […]

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An Unfolding Interest

My mind has been on  folds and structure of late as a result of several  strange juxtapositions in life. Visiting the Lost in Lace exhibition in Birmingham was a sentinel experience, as for many. Michael Brennand-Wood, one of the exhibitors is a master at bringing disparate streams of thought together – music, lace structures, war, male […]

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Getting your works performed Part 2: 11 Golden Rules of submitting your work to performers

In Part 1, I mentioned some of the ways a composer can get their music heard.  In this article, I want to highlight the 11 Golden Rules of submitting your work to performers, either through a Call for Scores or as an unsolicited approach. My ensemble, rarescale, has an open Call for Scores, and I […]

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The tortoise and the cake

Having got myself deeply embroiled in discussions about passion in textiles both on and off this blog (thanks for those who emailed me directly) I return to a safer topic this time, or is it? One of the main aims of Textiles 1 is the structure, the framework which constitutes the design process, which will […]

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Student Association Update

The second meeting of the executive of the new OCA Student Association took place last week and it’s time for an update on progress. The minutes of last week’s meeting are available on the student site, here: http://oca-student.com/resources/News/ocasa-minutes The Committee has been active in discussing issues raised by students between our first two meetings and […]

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Looking for outcomes

After a storming start last week with her thoughts on submitting work and artists statements which prompted over forty comments, here is Miranda Gavin talking about outcomes from photography projects.

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TYPOLONDON

Love it? Hate it? As a designer, you can’t avoid it. Indeed, you wouldn’t want to – your love affair with typography will prove to be one of the most enduring and intense. Sounds dramatic? Perhaps, but as any aspiring graphic designer will tell you, typography is IMMERSIVE. There are a few key dates in […]

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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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OCASA – Full House

I am delighted to announce that we now have a nominee for the position of Student Representative, Visual Communications, on the OCA Student Association Committee, and it is a recent ‘star’ of WeAreOCA’s  ‘Blog of the Week’, Pam Wright.  As the sole nominee, Pam is automatically appointed into the role and she has prepared a […]

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Another artistic response to an historic building….

I travelled to the north-east during the middle of August to catch up with family and friends.  I was encouraged by some of my artist friends living and working in the north-east to pay a visit to Wallington Hall to see the exhibition Unfinished Business. It was also a good reason to see where some […]

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