Category: Textiles

Textiles-related posts on We Are OCA.

Personal voice

Anthony Carey

This a term that comes up from time to time in assessment criteria at OCA and most other art schools and has been the subject of a thread in the Student forums. The difficulty is that it is one of those phrases that is extremely difficult to explain even when one has quite a deep understanding of what it means.

Well…here goes…

Fun, challenging and relevant


As any student with experience of the OCA’s Creative Arts Today course will know, exploring how different creative disciplines interact and promote exciting points of discussion and debate is really important. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach to learning helps you to develop new (and more flexible) methods, new lines of questioning, new specialist and transferable skills, and new strategies for resolving some of the challenges that may face you in your practice.

Averil Wootton

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OCA tutor and Assessor Michele Whiting looks at the work of Painting 3 student Averil Wooton. Averil is not trying to hide the materiality of what she is working on, leaving the folds and the creases in the paper. She isn’t trying to make them anything other than what they are.

How you see it?

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I have just finished speaking to a student as part of a telephone tutorial. He is at that mid point in a project and the conversation was about taking the next steps forward. There were a few points that he made in his discussion that made me confident that he had achieved clarity and a sense of direction on the project that he was working on. “It is how I see it” was his comment to me. This was a definite statement, not a proposition, not a question. “It is how I see it” – here was a moment of realisation at the point he is it currently at.

Torn umbrella

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OCA textiles student Ailish Henderson, featured previously, has just closed her first solo show; Torn Umbrella. Coinciding with the exhibition the gallery asked a film crew to go to Ailish’s house and film her work.

Denise McHale

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OCA tutor and assessor Doug Burton looks at the work of Printmaking student Denise McHale. Doug highlights how she uses her workbooks – termed so because she’s brought together very different parts of her practice and critical understanding.

Moving up a level

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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…