Category: Textiles

Textiles-related posts on We Are OCA.

Moving up a level

Two Grades of Bromide Paper

The transition to studying at a higher level is one that some students take to like the proverbial duck to water. For others, it’s more of a challenge. What often gets forgotten when we talk about transition are the changes demanded of students as they move from Level 1 to Level 2 and from Level 2 to Level 3. Following the March assessment event we contacted some students who have just completed their first unit(s) on Level 2 and Level 3. Here are their thoughts…

What do you keep in that drawer?

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Part 3 of Context and Narrative is all about putting yourself in the picture and exploring your personal identity through your work. Recently there have been a number of collaborative student projects featured on WeAreOCA and OCA student Blas Gonzalez, excited by this part of the course, felt there was potential to do something with his fellow students. Find out how you can take part…

The anxiety of influence


I have been to several exhibitions over the last few weeks and have been aware how important earlier artists have been to the ones that follow them. The phrase “anxiety of influence” was coined by the American literary critic, Harold Bloom in his eponymous book about poets, published in 1973. And writers have been worrying about it ever since. Visual artists seem less worried.

OCA’s MA Fine Art

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The March assessment results are in and for some students it marks the end of their degree level study with the Open College of the Arts. For those wishing to continue forward and for other artists and practitioners wanting to pursue postgraduate education, OCA’s MA Fine Art is a three-year, part-time programme offering students academic challenge and innovative delivery.

The nearest faraway place

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The nearest faraway place has been a bounding collaborative experience for 35 OCA students spanning almost three years. Students worked together to create the handmade book which is more or less 9.60 meters long and about 2.5 cm thick. Read about the project and see the results…

Ian McKeever talks about painting

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In choosing to make a painting you are choosing to use paint. That maybe a tautology but I just want to start with it as I want to emphasise the significance of that material. That choice, the significance of that material, immediately becomes part of your subject matter.

Fangs and soup cans


As far as the world was concerned Andy Warhol died in 1987 and had an open coffin ceremony, but on Easter weekend last there were reports of several sightings of Warhol in Manhattan, lurking in the shadows near where the original Factory would have been. Completely implausible and absurd sure, but what if…

London Print Fair


Join OCA tutor Clare Wilson on the 8 May and the RA for the London Original Print Fair. The London Original Print Fair brings together 50 print specialists from across the globe in London’s favourite boutique art fair. Works of art for sale span 500 years of printmaking: from old and modern master prints to the latest editions by today’s leading artists.