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Discussing and sharing the qualities of your work

This short film is an introduction to discussing and sharing the qualities of your work with your tutor. I do this by talking through some of my work using five key qualities: 

  1. Materials and techniques 
  2. Visual qualities 
  3. Physical qualities 
  4. Scale 
  5. Feelings 

Looking at and describing your work through these five lenses will help you communicate the physical value of your work. This can be done by either photographing the work with supporting text or making a short film like this or a combination of both. As I say in the film, we don’t expect you to do this really well straight away, it will take time to build both the technical and observation skills. You are also not expected to do this for all your work but to select key pieces that demonstrate important moments in your learning.  

For support there is the forum space to ask questions and share your experiences, your tutor who will give you feedback and myself. We are all feeling our way here so please keep in touch.  


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Posted by author: Rebecca Fairley
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8 thoughts on “Discussing and sharing the qualities of your work

  • Thank you Rebecca, this is very insightful to see how different pathways can be discussed with your tutor. I can see how the five key points can be used across other disciplines quite easily. As you said, we are probably doing this anyway, but I never thought to categorise the way I organise my thoughts in this way. Definitely something I’m going to do in the future. Very useful video.

    • Hello Alison
      Thank you for your comment, especially that you note you are probably following these thought patterns anyway. Sometimes all we need is a structure to hang these thoughts off so they become manageable and useable. I am also pleased to find that non textile students might find this information helpful : )

  • Oh thankyou! A great video and explanation. I have been finding it very hard to concentrate on things lately, but that was so clear and precise and really held my attention. Great information, especially as I am just about to update my online log!

    Best wishes,

    • Hi Heidi
      Thank you for the feedback.
      It is good to know I have been of some help especially during this difficult times.

  • Really useful video – we often neglect to describe our work in terms of visual and physical qualities. Very clear and concise and incredibly useful as I finish reworking sketchbooks/blogs etc in preparation for assessment. Thank you

    • Hello Jane
      Thank you for your comment.
      It is reassuring to know the information is pitched about right. It’s not easy to know when making these things whether you have the content right and spoken clearly enough, so it is great to hear your thoughts : )

  • The structure of this advise is extremely helpful in untangling thought processes and descriptives about a piece, creating a sensible pathway to follow. Thank you 🙂

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