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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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The Crazy Scientist 

“The studio is a laboratory, not a factory. An exhibition is the result of your experiments, but the process is never ending so the exhibition is not a conclusion” Clive Ofili 

This is a statement that I can agree with wholeheartedly. I find finishing anything difficult and in the early days I always called my painting and doodling practising and playing. It allowed me to work without judgement and to let my own thoughts direct my hand not all of those beliefs and worries about what makes good art. I happily tried and tested ideas; what could I paint? How flat could I paint? Could I draw a perfect circle? Could I make a surface without any brush strokes? 

I’m still drawn to this kind of work and often love the work of others that is in the preliminary, preparatory design stage; like the unseen work of Louise Bourgeois, these beautiful drawings form part of her extensive sketchbook and drawing collection that would not usually have been seen as exhibition worthy but my goodness me they are!

It appeals to me this idea that my studio is a laboratory, not a lavatory as the spellchecker tried to make it! Though if you were to see it you might be forgiven for seeing that way too, it’s certainly not a factory I would have been shut down by the Health and Safety executive years ago if it was. My room is full of just about to tumble piles of papers and heaps of searched for and now abandoned fabric and fibres, the table is a mess of pens, pencils, jars of strange looking fluids and an ever decreasing spare for a sketchbook or sewing machine to be squeezed into! Even the floor space is covered in curling bits of tape and dogs and cats!! It’s a wonder I ever get anything done. Who wants to work in a factory anyway! 

I can see the advantage of a factory environment if you’ve got a commission to produce a certain number of similar items or you’ve decided to batch together a series of similar actions, Pam Carriker recommends this style of working in her book Art at the Speed of Life. And it can be very useful to paint a batch of sketchbook pages or canvases ready for use later. I used her advice when working on some book shop finds I was turning into altered/sketch books.

Generally I like to work in an exploratory way, my higgledly piddly way of working means I can work in a more random way; I can start making a piece with a pile of materials that I have gathered but as the mood takes me and the piece is coming together I can pick up bits of detritus and left over elements and work them into the piece. Sometimes it’s the leftovers that form the best bits of my favourite pieces. This happened when I was working on my yarn concepts and just lying about were the abandoned in frustrate dye pots from my failed dip dyeing project, they are wax paper and are lovely colours and bam! They soon became one of my favourite yarn concepts. I would have missed this entirely if I’d cleaned up after my last unsatisfactory session.

My inability to ever finish anything and my view that most of my work is a bit weird and really not of any interest to anyone else has always made me shy away from exhibiting, that and the fact that’s it’s always looked like hard work! 

All that blasted stretching, framing, hanging … it sounds all very organised! How do I display my preparatory work? Matthew Harris has got this nailed; his beautiful paper designs and small sample quilts are art works in their own right and are probably far better suited to most homes, rather than his large quilts (as wonderful as the are).

I love this piece of Matthew’s work on Stitchlopp’s blog and her statement about its frame.

A piece by Matthew Harris that I’m pleased to have had on my studio wall for a few years. It is unmounted and unframed but I’ve pinned it to the wall and placed an old frame around it – so you see, I did frame it Matt!

I’m actually really starting to like the idea of being in an exhibition, a bit like writing these blog pages I’m sure it must be a good way to make a halt in what your doing; create a milestone. A time to reflect on what you have created. A time to see your work through the eyes of others and for you to see it in a new light too. Maybe I should order Austin Kleon’s book Show your work!  I love his books and the reviews give an indication that this’ll be as good as the rest!

Yep, so for me I agree with Clive, I love the idea that I am some mad crazy scientist brewing up new ideas and testing out mad theories and that at some point they will be displayed up on a wall or in a cabinet to make other’s tut or smile. 

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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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Exercise 4.3 – Reflective Commentary

For this exercise I have decided to answer the questions in the brief.

1. How did you build from your successes?

Despite working through this exercise in a liner fashion my development of ideas has been very jumbled. In places I have ignored what I had previously done as I went onto the next bit. I didn’t really feel that anything was working as I wanted it to and it was only when I started working with the crochet and particularly the knitting that I felt I could see a building of ideas and influences in the samples. In these samples I started to take more risks with materials and in the way I used knit and crochet stitches in a less conventional way.

2. What did you learn from your failures?

I don’t really think any of the samples really failed, they have all stayed held together and the colours have worked but the failure for me was more in the way I worked with the techniques I had first chosen. Some of the samples were particularly amateurish and as I looked at these I became increasingly frustrated until in the end I decided to work with techniques that I was comfortable with. I learnt that I am not a quick learner and that is it difficult for me to take something new and immediately start to evolve and re-invent it. I’m not going to let this define me and I am going to work on this but I am so behind with this exercise that I can’t dwell and need to get it finished.

3. The aim was to push the techniques towards your own interpretation and re-invention of them. How did you tackle this?

Badly! Until I got to the crochet and knitting and then I played with different yarns and threads and sizes of hook and needle. I didn’t do any planning and I went straight for making. I built each sample, working backwards, forwards. Reviewing often and adding more colour and texture as I felt the yarn needed it.

At the end I used unusual materials and this enabled me to develop samples that were more representative of my style, with the combining of the old and the new and a nod towards stitch in the paper sample.

4. How did you re-invent and re-interpret the imagery, colour and yarns from Exercise 3.27?

I think I have probably over thought this exercise and in doing so I have given myself too many variables and ignore some of the clear instructions.

I did consider the colours and qualities of the original photograph when I chose the materials that I used for the samples. I selected the correct colours with a rich quality. I did not base the actual shapes of the yarns on the shapes in the painting, I only looked at the colours. I sought this information from another source. That was probably a mistake and could well have been why I struggled to make this exercise work for me. 

That’s enough now, I’m very grateful to be moving onto exercise 4.4.

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Let’s Play!!

I’ve decided that I’m not satisfied with the samples I’ve made for Ex4.3 so I’m going to have a play. 

This is my colour scheme source.

So I’ve collected a load of yarns in the similar colours, I’ve used most of the specific yarns up with the unsatisfactory samples.

My plan is to go back to some line making techniques that I am comfortable with; crochet and knitting and I’m going to have some fun seeing how far I can take the yarns using as many silly stitches as I can. 

I really want to get back into my working territory so that my mind can run more wild. At least if these samples don’t work I will have had a good time making them!

Happy weekend everyone. 

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Break that Block – the WARofART and Morning Pages. 

Before I talk about the OCA work that I’ve done I’d like to explain how I’ve battled my latest block of unhappiness and dissatisfaction with my creative work and my poor output.

Firstly a book found its way into my hand whilst I was procrastinating a few more moments away in Waterstones. Steven Pressfield’s the WARofART shone on the shelf and after I’d read the sleeve I knew it was just what I needed  “A vital gem…a kick in the ass” – Esquire. 

The book is slim and written in a very simple and easy to read way. It’s split into 3 sections:

Book One – Resistance – Defining the Enemy. This book helps to make sense of why we delay and faff and dance round our dreams and desires. It made me see that my resistance is not personal, it’s indifferent, it’s a simple force of nature that has one job which it does very well especially, if you don’t find a way to avoid falling for it’s temptress ways.

Book Two – Combating Resistance – Turning Pro. This book provides a tool box of actions and mindsets that take the sting out of resisting. It recommends that you turn pro, that you sit down and work, that you don’t worry about all the intrusive thoughts about success, the market, why your doing what your doing. This part of the book helps you to step back from the outcomes and to mould yourself into a person with the right attitude.  I particularly like the last page in this section: “There’s no mystery to turning pro. It’s a decision bought about by an act of will. We make up our mind to view ourselves as pros and we do it. Simple as that.”

Book Three – Beyond Resistance – The Higher Realm – The most important lessons are in this small part of the book but you have to read this whilst interpreting the language to work with your own spiritual beliefs. Steven is a Christian and uses terms like ‘muses’ and ‘Angels’ He offers alternatives to help you decode the terms in a more abstract way. 

This section has the chapters about ‘territory’. Here was the part of the whole book that has helped me the most. It has allowed me to create an area; a place surrounding and within me that is mine. The place where I work. Steven uses examples like: “Stevie Wonder’s territory is the piano. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s is the gym’. Mine is my sketchbook (wherever I am), my studio, my sewing machine. This is my place, where I sit down to work.

Back in the early days, before I came back to art and found embroidery and quilting I bought a book called The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. This book was a course, several months of tasks, words of wisdom and actions to break creative blocks. This book changed my life, it kicked off sysmic changes that saw me leave my job, become friends with a whole new group of creative people and helped me start to draw, design and sew in ways I could never have imagined. 

At the base and as the foundation to all of Julia’s help and advice are the Morning Pages. Every day you sit and write 3 pages of flow of conciousness thought. Everything that’s there: blah blah blah. A total brain emptying action, a way to clear away all the negative thoughts so that you can enter the day with a few less burdens and worries. 

So often I believe I am ‘okay’ I don’t need the pages, I have self confidence, I have willpower, blah blah blah! Then bump! I crash, I shrivel and slow down. I pretend I’m okay by doing lots, lots of stuff but it’s all simple and easy and mind numbing. It’s not what I should be doing. Then the anger, the dissatisfaction and the unhappiness creeps back in and I escape it by running away and eating and drinking so I’m too tired to question myself. I convince myself this is what I want.

Steven’s book shined a light at the end of the tunnel and grabbing a new notebook I started back with my morning pages, pouring out all of my worries and insecurities and clearing some space to create my territory, my place to work.

And that should be me sorted for a while, I’m not sure how long it’ll last but I’m going to try and get as much work done as possible whilst I have my gremlins and demons in their cages. 


theWARofART – Steven Pressfield 

The Artist Way – Julia Cameron 

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Linear Forms – WTF

I’m really struggling with this part of ATV (A Textile Vocabulary). I just don’t understand what I am being asked to do. What am I being asked to create?

I can’t decide if its the vocabulary that I don’t understand or if I’m just being plain stupid. I’ve tried notes and I’ve tried mind mapping and now I’m going to try and explain it here on my blog.

Sumarising and explaining would be how I would usually fathom things out, I will talk it through and try and explain it to someone else. The only problem with distance/online learning is that you don’t really have that opportunity. Don’t get me wrong OCA work very hard at providing us with networking and discussion opportunities but it’s very difficult when we are all at different stages and working at different rates.

So Part 4 Yarn and Linear Explorations. The title got me straight away, but let’s put that behind us. So ‘Yarn’? This took me a while to accept. I use yarn, I’m surrounded by yarn, I’ve got every concievable type of yarn somewhere in my house. Why in God’s name would I want to make more? I’m making yarn with yarn and other found ‘stuff,

I’ve never wanted to spin yarn and most methods of making yarn create an unusuable mess. That’s why so much is either spun or mercurisized. The Harrison logic machine had gone into overdrive!!

After a while I did manage to drag myself through the first project and I have created some samples. I would not really call them yarn, I couldn’t knit with them, I might be able to couch them maybe? They are not yarns to me but embellished ribbons and braids.  And there is my problem, it’s like I have gone and lost my open minded joyful approach to my work, I’ve gone and got hung up on a word! I really quite like my embellished ribbons, braids, twists and cords. And if in the world of OCA these are yarns then I’m happy.

Everyone else seemed to be seeing inspriration and references to their other work when doing these exercises and I just felt kind of numb. It was quite a scary feeling, usually I’m having to hold myself back. I even contemplated leaving the course all together. But that’s only a small step away from being pathetic and that’s not gonna happen!!

Just confessing all of this is helping, I’m feeling lighter and almost excited about project 2. That is of course if I can actually work out what I should be doing. So what have I learnt so far? Don’t be closed minded – check. Don’t get hung up on the words – check. Don’t over think – check? Me – overthink? Quick, I better get started before I get hung up on the minute details again. Wish me luck x


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Review Point: Demonstration of Creativity


This has been another interesting and inventive assignment from the OCA. I’ve ventured into area’s of textile art that I’ve never been into before. The idea of making my own yarn or thread has never occured to me, so I’ve had my eye’s well and truely opened.

Looking back at the full collection of yarn concepts I can see variety but also a similar style. I’m not sure I can describe my style yet. I seem to be drawn to natural materials, no plastic here and more natural colours, no bright florescents, well maybe just a little bright orange! Can I honestly call this variety? I’m not so sure.  I do have some ideas for materials for the next project but I’m still going to find it difficult to experiement with more synthetic materials.

My original plan to drip dye my yarn concepts was, I felt was more inventive than my final pieces but I fell at the first hurdle because the concept didn’t work very well. I know to make this work I have to apply more time to the preparation and mechanics of what I want to do. At the time I didn’t feel I had that time and I wasn’t sure if it would remain relevant throughout the project so I decided to place it aside.  So I don’t feel that I can say that I went above or beyond the brief for these exercises, but I did show the potential to do that and I’m sure I will in the future.

It’s not been easy to present the yarns but I am happy with how they look in my sketchbook, I particularly like the ones that I’ve wrapped around card with a tail hanging down. I’m not so sure the sellotape was a perfect choice so I might go back later and find a more attractive way to attach the yarns to the page.

I’m happy with how I source my materials, I’m a total magpie and I never leave anything behind. Those cupcake cases covered in dye from the drip dyeing experiement are still my favourite elements. I’ve got some nice melted glass from an abandoned and burnt out car that I’d like to use in the next project.


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ATV – Colour Studies – Outcomes

Throughout this part of ATV I worked in 2 sketchbooks; trying out ideas and working on drafts in one and them replicating them in the second. This second sketchbook became my Colour Resource Book.

When doing the Gouache studies I completed the initial colour matching in a more playful and random way. Jotting down my ideas and views.


Once I was happy with the colours I would paint them onto labels and then complete the page in the display sketchbook. I was then able to add any extra experiments or playing with the colours palettes.


Overall I’m pleased with the final book. The gouache pages are bright and accurate and I demonstrated alternative options and an understanding of tone.

I expanded each of these textile pieces to enhance the page and if nothing else use up the mixed paint!

I then sought out unusual textile pieces for the exercise on expanding and replicating the colour palettes and patterns on fabric. This was more tricky, the colours weren’t as opaque as on the first three pieces and presented more challenges. I am pleased with the final outcomes and didn’t feel the need to rework them when reviewing the Colour Resource book before submitting for assessment.

Then onto the thread exercise. This one drove me mad, I really had to look at the colours and make proper decisions about quantity and accuracy. I had to concentrate, not something that comes naturally to me so I was surprised at how well the yarn wraps came out. It took me a while to find the right method to attach the wraps (Velcro in the end) but now I really like this page.

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the Watercolour Studies, I often get frustrated mixing paints and end up making silly mistakes because I don’t clean my brushes properly and mix with dirty water. So I had to be strict with myself and take my time.

I think I might have gone slightly into over kill with the collages! I just couldn’t resist the temptation to progress each collage. I felt like I was seeking an image or a look that was just out of reach. The subject matter didn’t really inspire me and I found it difficult to find a point to focus on, an idea I wanted to project.

I made a quick magazine picture collage which I decided was too fussy and too like other collages that I’d done in the past so I decided to complete a very simple collage in draft in my working sketchbook, I liked it so decided to use the shapes I highlighted as a theme to carry through to the other collages.

Then I did quite a few more, lots more in fact. This is where I have a dilemma about the outcomes. I think I sacrificed quality for quantity, I wanted to demonstrate my understanding of colour and pattern and in doing so I didn’t give myself the time to concentrate on cutting accurate shapes and getting the placements quite right. Also in places the paint is not as smooth or as opaque as I would like.


Even with the later collages that I took more time over I am not satisfied with the final outcomes, They are vibrant and I’m happy with the colour palettes and I think I’ve met the brief but I would like to have reworked them, to have tried to make them neater and more accurate.

So whilst I was getting my head tied up with being a perfectionist I came across 2 collages that caught my eye and I had to reluctantly note that neither of them had beautifully cut out pieces. But they both still worked, they were both simple and relaxed but had lots of energy. I have aimed for this feeling with the last 3 collages and although it has killed me to leave them simple, I did go a little crazy with the tissue paper one but I am satisfied that I have tested my abilities and learnt lots of lessons from this part of ATV.

Once I had looked through the Colour Resource book and filled in a few gaps I had some fun with the front cover.