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!!!

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.