Category Archives: Project Reviews

Review points at the end of each project.

OCA – A Creative Approach: Results

Today I’ve been informed by OCA that I have a confirmed assessment result for the above course.  I’ve passed.  I haven’t had the assessor feedback yet, and it won’t be here for a while, but I know my score isn’t … Continue reading

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A Creative Approach – Course Reflections

Before starting the course, you wrote a brief note on what you hoped this course would do for you.  Now look again at this note and reflect on what has happened to you during the course.  Sum up your reflections. … Continue reading

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Assignment 5: Project 10 – Review

Q:  Can you see a continuous thread of development from your original drawings and samples to the final designs? A:  Yes I can.  The original concept became simplified, from five sections to three, very early on in the process.  This … Continue reading

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Assignment 4: A Reflective Commentary

At the start of this section I particularly liked the research point where we looked at two internationally known textile artists.  Whilst I have a reasonable book collection and know a little about quite a lot of people this was … Continue reading

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Project 9 – Review

Q:  Did you have enough variety in your collection of yarns and other materials?  Which kind of yarns, etc, did you use most?  How do their characteristics affect the look and feel of each sample? A:   I have quite a … Continue reading

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Project 8 – Review

Q.  Did you enjoy inventing constructed surfaces?  Were you surprised at the results? A:  Yes I did enjoy this section of the course.  I wasn’t overly surprised with the results other than where I previously commented on the reverse side … Continue reading

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Assignment 3: A Reflective Commentary

It was very enjoyable going through all the exercises with fabrics.  Manipulating fabric is such a wide subject and I feel that, even though I did a lot of work, there is so much more to explore.  I have hardly … Continue reading

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Project 6 – Research Point: Interviewing a craftsperson

Helen MacRitchie I’ve known Helen for several years now and admire her greatly. Having a slightly warped sense of life, and an active imagination, I have often speculated about how our brains work – both seriously and in a more … Continue reading

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Project 6 – Research Point: The diversity of craft-based textiles.

The brief is to consider why craft-based textiles maintain a place in our society. Cogito ergo sum (French: “Je pense donc je suis”, English: “I think, therefore I am”) is a philosophical Latin statement proposed by René Descartes in 1637.  … Continue reading

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Project 6 – Review

How does working with fabric in this way compare to working directly with stitch? I’ve loved trying out the different fabric techniques and in some ways it is similar to working with stitch.  I have found that I can build … Continue reading

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Assignment 2: A Reflective Commentary

Again, as with the earlier parts of the course, I’ve enjoyed the challenges set and the discipline in completing exercises which build and develop as the various stages are completed. In project 3 I was particularly happy to finally make … Continue reading

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Project 5 – Review

Do you feel you made a good selection from your drawings to use as source material for your design ideas?  Which interpretations worked best and why? Yes I think I made a good selection to both use and continue to … Continue reading

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Project 4 – Review

Q:  Did you manage to ‘make space move’? A:  Yes I think I did.  I particularly like the piece entitled Increasing confusion.  The squares start off in a neat pile and then begin drifting away and I feel helpless to … Continue reading

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Project 3 – Review

Q:  Were you able to mix and match colours accurately? A:  I think I did quite a good job of it.  It took much longer than I thought it would to get some of them right, especially the purples.  They … Continue reading

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Project 3 – Research Point

This picture shows a long piece of cloth 2.64 metres in length and 56cm wide.  It is heavily patterned at both ends and the photograph shows a portion of both the right and wrong side of the item. Q:  When was … Continue reading

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Assignment 1: A Reflective Commentary

Overall I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the start to this course and, looking back, I’m amazed at how much work I have done since starting.  One of the main things I have realised is how unfocused I had become in my textile … Continue reading

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Project 2 – Review

Q:  Do you feel happy with the work? A:  Yes I do.  I didn’t skimp on any part and I put a lot of time and effort into each exercise. Q:  Do you prefer working with stitch to drawing?  Can you … Continue reading

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Project 1 – Review

Stage 4 – Working from Sketchbook Q. Which images are particularly rich in texture? A. I’ve chosen a reel of Perle cotton which has many layers of thread wound by machine but it is interesting to look down between the … Continue reading

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