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Part 4 – Reflecting on Feedback

I was hoping to move quickly onto the final part of MMT but I’m not finding it easy decide what to take forward from what I have done so far and my latest feedback on Part 4 has sent me into even more confusion.

Faye’s immediate comments were very positive, far more so than my own assessment of what I’d done and therein lies my problem.

“That said, once again, you failed to recognise successes enough and drive even the tiniest idea further”

What is going on in my brain, am I too focused on completing the exercises just driving forward just to get it done? Is the statement true? What ideas am I missing and why do I feel that I’m doing plenty.  Am I working hard but in the wrong direction? or on the wrong things?

During the early parts of MMT I did take my ideas further but I had to stop experimenting or I would never have got further than ‘joining’. But even at this stage my tutor didn’t think I was experimenting enough. I don’t want to get into a review of the course materials but I had felt at that point that I’d gone far further than the course brief had required.

“….but you should now be at the stage where you see the potential in your ideas and WANT to see how they might be investigated further”

I feel trapped, stuck in the ‘how do I know (recognise) what I don’t know?’ I’ve tried to find articles, teachings or explanations of how to assess what is ‘good’ and what is ‘bad’. There are practical explanations where you look at balance, conflict, contrast based on specific criterian. Then there are more emotional guidelines where you are guided by feelings of interest, instinct and passion.

Most of MMT has left me empty. Apart from some of the early macabre folded papers and the snapped plaster casts nothing I’ve done has made me feel anything much more than disappointed. I haven’t wanted to see then taken any further.

At this precise moment I feel like I’m begging for approval to carry on as I am, I want someone to pat me on the head and say ‘there, there it’s all okay, you’re brilliant, don’t worry’ and I’ve got a sneaking suspicion we’ve been here before. For heaven’s sake why can’t I get over this.

“Extract strengths more and try to become aware of elements that really work”

Is it because it’s a fact that nothing in MMT has raised any passion or interest in me? Or is it because I don’t have confidence in my skills and abilities to take these samples any further. What am I failing to see here?

“I definitely, definitely want to see a range of messy, free, uninhibited samples, but I hope also to see even just a few pieces that show this recognition and investigation”

This feels to me just a little bit unfair, I have lots more work but I have been working towards only sending a selection of my ‘best’ work to my tutor. The last time I sent everything it was such a huge amount that I still haven’t received it back from my tutor and that was 3 assignments ago.

Is it me then? Am I failing to show/demonstrate what I’ve done? Do I need to streamline my approach, focus on some small part of each sample and work in a linear way from sample 1, building on a single attribute and testing that?

Could it be that I’m following the Stages as laid out too robotically? At Stage 2 (sampling) I make lots of samples and record (probably not enough) the outcomes and then move onto Stage 4 – Sorting. Maybe I’m just not reading, or ‘getting’ this module?

This is another example of me not understanding the instructions:

“It would be great to see you explore combining other line qualities into your prints (stitch, collage, pen etc)”

The last intruction in Part 4, exercise 3 – the final one says ‘Once you’ve printed with your first block, record what you’ve learned and move on to making the next until you’ve printed with four collage blocks. If you’re feeling confident, consider using any of the monoprinting techniques to enhance these final collage block prints’. In Stage 3, clearly after the making of the samples it asks you to consider ideas that you may want to develop further. It doesn’t say do them.

I am already over the alocated time for this whole module and I still have another final part to complete and that’s with the added presure of the final Level 1 deadline breathing down my neck and a whole 3rd module still to do. Am I moaning and making platitudes or am I really not up to this.

“…..or see the value of how they look in a digital format”

This is something I always do, maybe less that this stage but cutting, chopping and changing/editing my work using my iPhone and iPad is instinctive but maybe this time Ive been guilty of hiding this work on my Instagram feed and not printing out the results or adding the results to my blog.

As you might have gathered, I really feel a little bit lost at the moment. I don’t know how to review my work with an impassive, professional eye. I do not know how to prioritise what I have to do.

I do feel like I’m pushing myself out of my comfort zone, I’ve used materials and techniques that I never would have considered  before and I’ve created a workroom full of samples but is that enough? Do I have the academic, artistic brain chemistry to recognise and develop the potential of any of my work?

Will the penny ever drop?

“You definitely can do this Sally, you just need the penny to drop about recognising your strengths and you will be away”

At this point I just feel like giving it all up. I feel like I have followed the course as it’s laid out and that within me I have learnt anything about how to approach my work and how to take it further. The feedback on my first project is the same as the last.

Am I that irritating contestant on one of those challenge/bake off/masterchef type programs that just isn’t listening? Have I totally missed the point of this module all together? Am I trying to be a general when I’m clearly only foot soldier material?

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MMT – Part 1 – Surface Distortion – Video Tutor Feedback

This is the first time I’ve received my feedback via video. 

I was worried that using this method would give me nowhere to hide if the feedback was negative and I was upset but Faye was brilliant and I actually found the face-to-face conversation really useful.

After the call I thought I better write down all the feedback swirling about in my mind as quickly as possible.

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ATV – Assignment 5 – Capsule Collection – Feedback

Rebecca’s comments came as a huge relief after I’d really felt that I’d sent my capsule collection off unfinished. 

I’d aimed high with my intentions without enough thought to timescales, in hindsight I could have reined in my ideas but I’m still glad I didn’t, working on the garments was very interesting and they felt full of potential. 

Overall Comments

Well-done Sally for getting this work to me even though you feel this assignment is not yet complete. The first thing I want to advise you is that you shouldn’t make anymore work for this course. The final pieces you have made along with the development work are more than adequate for this level. The work for level 1 courses should be experimental and developmental and what you have sent is beyond this going into pieces ready for sale or exhibition. I suggest you conserve your time and energy – preparing the work for assessment and planning the next course. Remember you are only at the very beginning of your degree with two more units at level 1. I understand your feelings of knowing when a piece is finished and when to let go of a project, these are common amongst creative practitioners and why time frames are so important.  

 This section gave me the confidence to go ahead and officially enrol onto the next unit Mixed Media for Textiles.

The work you have sent me is professionally and cohesively organised. There is evidence you understand and use research material, drawing, reflective thinking and sample making to come to textile solutions. Your blog is well organised and articulate with analysis of both your research material and your own creative output.

I’ve highlighted in bold the comments from Rebecca that I’m focusing on as I go forward into MMT. 

  Demonstration of Creativity
This assignment clearly demonstrates you have understood and digested the previous four parts of this course. There is evidence you understand the value of using drawing and research material to inspire fresh work. The drawings and the textile samples are experimental with evidence of regular risk taking. They also show your ability to compose pleasing and meaningful compositions in adventurous colour palettes. The work shows you are able to make skilled judgements when deciding which samples to take forward. For example the design with a central yellow circle in print and collage. You go onto develop this in various fabric-stitched versions playing around with creating line, texture and form. This follows your line of thought as you reflect and adapt your ideas for future use. I suggest you continue to work in this way using reflection and the analysis of your out put to develop ideas and come to solutions. You have used many textile techniques and materials in this assignment in a consistently sensitive way. This attention to detail is very pleasing with interesting combinations like the putting together of soft and harsher materials. I suggest in future projects you consider using more unconventional textile materials. You will be introduced to some in the next course Mixed Media for Textiles

I better get over myself and my reluctance to draw more often. I do love using a thin pen but I’m going to have to expand my repartee and it’s not for lack of implements.


Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Demonstration of Creativity

You have used drawing to inspire and develop ideas in this assignment using a range of media. These link beautifully with your developmental textile samples and the final more resolved work. I suggest you continue to work in this way and also add in using drawing as a tool for reflection by sketching your textile samples and final outcomes. Continue to broaden the range of drawing media you use and consider drawing at a much larger scale – especially when you intend to make large scale stitched work.  

I shall continue working with my research as before but I do need to develop my descriptive vocabulary, my range is very limited. I tend to think in pictures and without emojis and cartoons I’m a bit lost. I have tried some critique building exercises but they were looking at ways to make arguments for a view point. I don’t think I need to go that indepth yet I just need some better words. 


Context, reflective thinking, critical thinking, analysis

For this assignment you have looked at a wide variety of research material that is well organised on your learning log and your workbook alongside your creative process. This has assisted you in shaping the direction of your creativity and demonstrates the links you make between your sampling and the work of others. I suggest you continue to work in this way – making your research material work for you by analysing it carefully taking from it what you find interesting or useful and developing this in your own work. 

After peaking with my blog being highlighted in the 2015/16 Student Handbook I’ve had a love/hate relationship with it. I’ve really got to admit that it’s a brilliant tool and when I don’t blog I miss it and I never get the satisfying feeling of completion when I don’t review what I’ve done on here.

Learning Log

Context, reflective thinking, critical thinking, analysis

Your online learning log is well set out and easy to navigate. There are a good number of images of your own work along with the work of others. I feel that you could develop the way you discuss and reflect on your own work more. I understand that self-criticism can be quite difficult but if you try to look at your own work the way you look at others this will give you the distance to be more detached. My feeling is you are very hard on yourself and that if this work belonged to someone else you would be more impressed. It is good to push yourself but also give yourself some praise and a pat on the back when you have made something pleasing. For example when you have created a pleasing sample or drawing go further than saying “I love these shapes”, attempt to understand why the shapes are so attractive and how you can develop this.  

So am I going to put my work in for assessment? It’s nerve wracking but I think I’m going to. I better get looking at the guidelines.

Pointers for assessment
Reread your feedback forms to check you have used all the tutor suggestions

• Look at the learning outcomes and the assessment criteria to judge whether your work has met the requirements

• Refer to the assessment guidelines on the oca website, Research ▷ By Course Area ▷ Textiles ▷ scroll down to page 2 ▷ Assessment Guidelines: Textiles

• Aim to organize your work so that the assessor can see the five parts of the course clearly, that samples can be handled easily and your strongest work first



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Formative Feedback – ATV – Assignment 4

Lovely Rebecca, it’s taken me ages to get this assignment completed and sent off and then like a dream she has reviewed it and sent me some interesting and informative feedback. I am absolutely determined to meet the deadline she has set me for the next assignment. I am, I know this is me, but I am going to give it a damn good go. I’ve been looking at the next course in textiles level 1 and I’m itching to get started.

So let’s have a look at what Rebecca had to say –

Overall Comments

It is evident from the work you have sent me and your learning log that you have worked hard during this assignment, pushing your way through negative feelings to produce an innovative body of work. Well done. Your sample work is investigative and experimental with evidence of frequent risk taking. The work is well organised with evidence of reflective thinking in both your sketchbooks and learning log. You have produced a small amount of drawing for this assignment as an expressive exploration of yarns and to plan your practical work. There is a limited amount of research material in this assignment that I believe you could use more effectively. In this feedback document I will outline your strengths and areas of weakness with a number of suggestions to develop your work further. I encourage you to follow up these suggestions and evaluate them in your learning log throughout the next assignment.

It was a huge relief to read this, I had struggled with this part of ATV. I had fallen into the trap of over thinking and had found myself often hamstrung and unable to move forward.

Assignment 4 Assessment potential

I understand your aim is to go for the Textiles Degree and that you plan to submit your work for assessment at the end of this course. From the work you have shown in this assignment, providing you commit yourself to the course, I believe you have the potential to pass at assessment. In order to meet all the assessment criteria, there are certain areas you will need to focus on, which I will outline in my feedback.​

Phew, more reassurance, lets polish off those edges!

Feedback on part four – Yarn and Linear Exploration


Context, reflective thinking, critical thinking, analysis

I am starting with research in this feedback document because I don’t feel you are making full use of the research material you look at. I am aware from your activity on Pinterest you look at and collect a large amount of textiles research material, frequently sharing it with your fellow students and oca tutors. But your assignment contains a minimal amount of material. What is there is good; there are clear images along with your analytical commentary that is developing well. Your impressions of the 62 Group Exhibition are insightful and strongly personal to you. However to make fuller use of your research you could refer to it during your sample making stages. For example a piece of work from the exhibition could inspire a colour palette or a piece of your own work puts you in mind of ‘so and so’s’ work. This explicit linking of your own work and the work of contemporary practitioners demonstrates you are learning from the exercise of researching and it also assists in embedding your work in current contemporary practices.  

I totally agree with what Rebecca is saying here, they is a disparity between the searching, looking and thinking that I do and the actual referencing that I do. The next part of ATV has a specific exercise on this and it will give me a good opportunity to work on my skills. I worry sometimes about how to find the line between copying and being influenced. I think this might well feature highly in Part 5.

I suggest you do two things, firstly include some of your Pinterest research in your learning log. Add good quality images with a few sentences of analysis. Include what it is that appeals to you about the work – this could be the methods or materials used, it could be something to do with the scale of the work, the surface texture, the colour combination or a feeling the work expresses. It could be one thing that engages you about the work or many. This careful looking and writing down of your thoughts will help you see and understand better what it is you find appealing. It will also assist you in learning from the work and this in turn will help you develop your own creative practice. The second thing I suggest you do it make frequent links to your research material. Do this by referring to the work of others when making your own work. This might be through emulating a process another practitioner has used or when a piece of your sampling happens to turn out in a way that reminds you of someone else’s work. Write these links down in your learning log, along with an image of your work and the research, connecting your practice with a contemporary practitioner.  

Okay, plenty of good advice there.

Engagement with textile techniques

Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Quality of Outcome, Demonstration of Creativity

For this assignment you have produced a lovely body of experimental samples exploring yarns and the linear form. There is an innovative use of materials and a broad-minded approach to the structure and form of yarns. I particularly like your use of photographs and deconstructed camera parts. Despite this exploratory approach your work remains well crafted with attention to detail. Well done. Throughout the work there is a considered and well-judged approach to colour combinations and textures resulting in engaging and meaningful work.  

I’m so pleased that Rebecca liked my work and particularly the camera, photograph work. These were a bit of a risk and I wasn’t sure that they would work out as well as the ideas and plans that had formed in my head! This leads us quite nicely to her next comments –

My only criticism would be that you are frequently very hard on the results you come up with. There is no need to be searching so ardently for the ‘right’ outcomes. All outcomes if you purposefully reflect on them are right. I suggest you aim to have a more accepting and playful attitude to your sample making, enjoying your results more.

I think I have been particularly hard on my results from this part of ATV. I am hyper aware that this blog is public and very worried about sounding all puffed up and too full of myself. I personally love some of my yarns and linear explorations, I’ve done work that I could only have dreamt of doing a few years ago. I find it difficult to assess my work in a practical and depersonalised way. Maybe I need to find a set of words/language that allows me to do that without me feeling like I am over promoting myself?


Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Demonstration of Creativity

For this assignment you have included a minimal amount of drawing, sketching or mark making. What is there, in particular at the beginning of your Deconstruction Sketchbook is good quality. I suggest you draw more frequently using it as an analysis technique by loosely sketching the samples you make. This will help you see the sample more clearly and assist you in learning what has worked well. There is no need to aim for observational accuracy but use drawing as a method of observing and recording.  

Ooh, I like that idea. I did find it difficult to fit any drawing into Part 4, it wasn’t clear that it was expected and when I did draw I felt like I wasn’t actually keeping to the brief. So this can be easily remedied.

Learning Log

Context, reflective thinking, critical thinking, analysis

There is evidence on your learning log that you are using reflective thinking and writing to make judgments about your work and planning how to take your work forward. I suggest you continue to reflect on your progress regularly, expanding the language you use to describe your work in terms of colour, forms, texture, composition, scale, etc.  

Yep, I’m happy with that. My descriptive vocabulary is restricted and it will be nice to look around for new words.

Pointers for the next assignment

● Reflect on this feedback in your learning log – done!

● Develop the way you use your research material 

● Continue to be experimental in your sample making

● Adapt a more playful attitude to your creativity

● Use drawing as a method of analysing your samples

● Continue to use reflective thinking to assess and understand your progress

Well done Sally, I look forward to your next assignment.

Next assignment due

9th January 2017 


Better get working!!!

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ATV – Assignment 4 – Written Reflection

What a huge relief, it’s been posted. The assignment has gone, its long overdue and I had to sprint to the end but it’s done.

Now for a little bit of reflection, what have I learnt? I’ve learnt that great ideas don’t always bring great results and focusing and narrowing down my choices helps to create interesting results.

My favourite material across all of the exercise was the photographs, both the Instax pics and the ones printed on sticky back paper. It was less fiddly than working yarns with my hands. This leads to how I preferred knitting, crocheting and weaving to the knitting and macrame.

I really had never thought of making my own yarn, it wasn’t something I had considered before but now I would definitely like to work with the ideas that I have had along the way. I like the small layered pieces but still feel they aren’t really yarn but they could be pieced together to make larger collages.

The twisted yarns and the yarns made with the sewing machine would also be good for crouching and would add big patches of colour and texture.

Working on yarn is quite a different beast from working with fabric, there is no real handle or drape in the same way. The qualities that you are looking to create are different and I’m not sure that I always hit the mark.

Many of my samples have only one side, they would have to be attached to a piece of fabric they could never be stitched or knotted.

I shall be waiting for my feedback to see if I have understood and done what I was expected to, I really have no idea on this one. It’s been very different and very new but I’m so glad I’ve done it even if it’s not right.

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ATV – Colour Studies – Feedback

With the usual trepidation I opened my feedback for this assignment. Yet again I was impressed by Rebecca’s skill at critiquing and writing feedback. It’s clear, concise and has just the right amount of detail, but then I might be biased because it’s all good news!

Overall Comments

Sally there is evidence you have worked hard and been quite playful during this assignment. I am getting the sense that your personal design aesthetic is coming through the more you work at this course. I think you have got the balance right between concentrating to get things right and letting things happen. This has ensured your work is professional looking and well crafted yet you have expressed and developed you aesthetic sensibilities. Your Colour Recourse Sketchbook and your workbook are well organised and useful as well as being a pleasure to explore. Your online learning log is easy to navigate with evidence of developing critical thinking.

I was overwhelmed reading this, I did work hard but throughout I felt the ‘come on this is crap’ gremlin on my shoulder. I think, maybe not is the time to get over myself; stop wallowing in self doubt and just get into the experimenting and exploring. 

The danger is; will I start to sound big headed and immodest? Will I cut myself off from my friends with my superior ‘look at me attitude’? So I ask of everyone, please if I start to show any signs of being far too big for my boots, give me a slap!

Feedback on assignment

Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Quality of Outcome, Demonstration of Creativity

This colour studies section of the course is an investigation into how colour is used and the ways it behaves. You have carried out your investigation with care and attention to detail, using your research material and the world around you to support your learning. There is evidence you have used the tasks to develop your skill in looking, not just at colour but also at forms and composition. This is particularly so on the page in your workbook where you make links between your research material and your image of the corner of your workroom. This dissecting and reflecting on the different aspects of an image is a valuable tool when it comes to understanding how to create the work you want. I get the impression from your reflective writing that you are sometimes concerned that you have not worked carefully or accurately enough. It is good to want have well-crafted and neat work but there is a lot of value in letting things happen and taking risks. I love your collage were you say you got carried away with the doodles. This expressive and playful creativity is where the really exciting stuff will come from. I suggested you continue to work with care but also to feel you can let go and allow an idea to have its own legs.  

 I loved this bit of feedback, it gives me the permission I needed to let go and to follow my style. The emergence of hundreds of adult doodle colouring books has left me feeling that my doodle style will soon become severely passé and what began as therapy and a gateway back into art has become a stress and something that I’m almost ashamed of.  Go on say it: ‘get over yourself Harrison’!!


Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Demonstration of Creativity

You have a nice drawing style and work competently in a range of media. This assignment demonstrates your technical skill in using paint and yarn to colour match and create colour palettes. You also use line creatively to form designs and patterns. I suggest you continue to develop your drawing skill by expanding the range of media you use, have a go at using more ‘messy’ mediums like inks, pastels and chalk. Use your fingers to smudge, blend and spread them across the picture plain. Let inks and paints dribble and splash to create chaotic marks and patterns. This will help you develop a more risky approach to your work and learn new ways of creating the line. Use observational drawing to study your research material and explore objects and forms in the world around you. This will assist in developing your looking skills and help you become more effective in your more creative drawing.  

Messy! Yikes, that could be interesting. I am naturally messy in everything but my art. I better get my workroom tidied up so I’ve got a big washable area to get down and dirty in!


Context, reflective thinking, critical thinking, analysis

For this assignment you have gathered together a good range of research material that is dispersed throughout your work demonstrating that you understand that research is a continuous process. You have used imagery to indicate your thoughts and illustrate how colour and form influence design. Your research material also contains your critical analysis of artists and the written material that describes their work. You use the information to reflect upon your own outlook and creative output. This is a very important aspect of doing research as it helps you to learn what is important to you and develops ideas about your own creativity. I suggest you continue to research widely, thinking and writing about what you find and how this makes you think and make.

More research? No problem there, I’m a total magpie when it comes to arty information. The difficulty here is recording what I see and read about and finding a way to blog this. I’m comfortable using Pinterest and writing in a notebook but putting my views out there in a blog, especially if it’s negative is very difficult to do. 

Learning Logs or Blogs/Critical essays

Context, reflective thinking, critical thinking, analysis

Your learning log is nicely laid out with images of both your work and your research material. You describe you processes with care and reflect upon the outcomes. I suggest you continue to develop the language you use to describe and critically analyse your outcomes. Think about the scale of the work, its composition, how the forms relate to each other and how your work links with your research material. This will then help you think more clearly and understand in a deeper way how to develop your work.

Lots to think about and work on here. I’m reading an exhibition programme at the moment for X-10 Power in the Land that I saw at Oriel Davies. It was an excellent show and demonstrates perfectly how a group of artists from different genres can take on a difficult subject with lots of possibly different view points and produce a well presented and cohesive exhibition. The programme includes essays from three writers from within the visual arts field. These are providing me with lots of examples of critical writing and plenty of new words – my dictionaries getting a bashing!

Suggested reading/viewing


I think this book about how makers, artists and designers use drawing could be helpful to you. Making and Drawing by Kyra Cane published by Bloomsbury. There is also a lovely book about Henry Moore’s textiles that includes a good number of his sketches and drawings. Henry Moore Textiles by Anita Feldman published by Laurence King.

Pointers for the next assignment

• Reflect on this feedback in your learning log

• Make sure you balance your need to get things right and letting things happen

• Develop your drawing by using more messy media and doing some observational drawing

• Continue to research widely analysing what you find and relating it to your own work

• Develop the language you use to describe and think about your work

 No re-work which made my day and I like these pointers. I’m already working in this direction. I must remember to have some fun too and not just get caught up in all the words.

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ATV – Assignment 2 – Formative Feedback

Heart pounding, trembling finger poised, does anyone else know that feeling when that Assignment Feedback email arrives??

It always takes me unawares even when I’m expecting it. A million thoughts tumble around in my mind: how much rework? Was it awful? Have I totally missed the brief? Am I kidding myself that I can do this? If it’s good, have I peaked too early? SHUT UP!! 

PRESS the button! Then that little windmill – is there time for a nerve steadying brandy before it loads?

AND relax! I often wonder if any other creature than humans have this almost desperate desire to please and gain approval. Could be!

So, down to business, the feedback. 

Overall Comments

Sally this is a considered and sensitive body of work. There is evidence that you have explored with care a wide range of approaches to drawing including stitch. You have made lots of work that is well organised and annotated throughout. Your written material on your learning log and your sketchbooks is articulate, questioning and reflective. I would suggest there is nothing you need to redo or add to this assignment

Huge relief, this sounds okay doesn’t it? It’s organised so that’s okay, I’m usually very haphazard but it looks like I have remembered something from my City & Guilds Embroidery courses! And no rework – phew!! To have my work described as ‘considered’ and ‘sensitive’ is hugely uplifting for me, it’s something I’ve always wanted so I’m very pleased with this feedback.

Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Quality of Outcome, Demonstration of Creativity 

There is evidence that this assignment has been well thought through with attention to all the elements in the design process – research, drawing, thinking and sample making. This has resulted in a strong group of samples that demonstrate both technical and visual skills. There is an exciting use of colour and development of textures through layering and stitching that result in dynamic surfaces. You have used an effective considered approach to developing your sampling resulting in three final outcomes. Your samples show an understanding of placement and composition, my personal favourites are on pages 2 and 3 where you have used squared off shapes often in orange. These lines and shapes have then been nicely translated into a larger more resolved sample. I suggest you continue to use the design process to generate innovative textile samples

Everything is good here, I am so pleased and relieved (again) that I am working in the right direction.



Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Demonstration of Creativity

You have used drawing throughout this assignment, always in a positive and exciting way. The investigative drawings you have done in the ‘smocks & flowers’ group are particularly well done. There is a sense that you are really looking and trying to understand the shapes and lines before you. Along with your annotation this section of work shows a high understanding of why this kind of drawing is so important. The ‘smock’ sketchbook contains such a variety of materials, mediums and approaches to drawing in your exploration of the smock. This is evidence that you have a broadminded approach to drawing and demonstrates creativity. You have also submitted a number of large-scale drawings; I particularly like the page that you have divided with blocks of colour. There is a looser approach here compared to your other drawings that adds energy to the compositions. I suggest you continue to use your ingenuity in creating innovative drawings.  

I took a bit of a risk with the Smock sketchbook, making it from old papers and a guide to Manchester. It meant I had to fill every page but whilst this stretched me the multiple types off paper encouraged me to try lots of different ways to record the qualities of the garments. I was worried that I had done too much and in doing so had failed to make anything of consequence, this positive feedback came as a relief and I am very pleased that it wasn’t just me that like my paintings and sketchbook.




Context, reflective thinking, critical thinking, analysis

For this assignment you have used some interesting research material. It is relevant to the work you are doing but it also stretches your ideas and has informed your work. This is great. The research is annotated, asking questions and searching for ideas, with areas of highlighting. I suggest you continue to work in this way but also add in lengthier descriptions of what you see and understand when looking at the work of others. Use your critical thinking skills to learn about the work and its relevance to your own practice.

 I’d got a feeling this was where I needed to concentrate more effort in future. I’ve already started collecting words and phrases that I can use to extend my vocabulary. Rebecca has recommended a couple of books for me to read to help with my critical thinking and I’m going to have to develop more patience so I can write more. It’s no good if all my thoughts stay tucked away in my head.


Learning Logs or Blogs/Critical essays

Context, reflective thinking, critical thinking, analysis

It is lovely to read that this is some of the most creative work you have done. I am pleased the course is both stretching and supporting you. Your learning log and the annotation throughout this assignment has been written in a frank and honest style. There is evidence you are learning through your experiences; through looking at others peoples work, looking at your own work and the process of creativity. This will allow you to come to your own conclusions and develop your own ideas about what is pleasing and interesting.  

Your blog is easy to navigate with lots of imagery and reflective thinking. I have a couple of suggestions – firstly to add a research category so that I can quickly go to it and see what you have been exploring. The other is to add your feedback forms as a category along with your responses to the feedback.  

It’s true this course is stretching and supporting me and I’m loving every minute of it and it is particularly nice to have formal recognition of the work I am putting in and especially that I am going in the right direction. Maybe now I can get some confidence in what I am producing and concentrate on really finding my own visual language and developing my ideas.

This week has been a particularly good one for me and my blog,  as anyone who reads my blog will know, I have problems with ‘blithering’ blogging and I don’t write as often as I should. I still write a lot of my thoughts and my planning in notebooks and sketchbooks and I’m still struggling to find a healthy balance between the digital and the traditional.  But this week I’ve had Rebecca’s feedback and my copy of the OCA Handbook that includes a reference to my blog for all the students to see. I’m very flattered and still blushing.

So that’s assignment 2 done and dusted and now onwards and upwards to assignment 3.