Category: Textiles

Textiles-related posts on We Are OCA.

OCA Foundations course news


OCA are pleased to announce a new pilot scheme for our Foundations students. As an alternative to assessment students are invited to submit a body of work to OCA Headquarters to receive optional admissions advice from course support advisers, Joanne and Eddie.

About the length of a piece of string


How hard are you supposed to be working? Over the last 3 – 5 years at the Open College of the Arts there has been what could almost be described as a revolution in the proliferation of ways for students to interact with each other, see each other’s work and discuss their courses.

Narrow groove


The start of a new year challenges all creative practitioners to think about what we can do better. Here are the usual suspects for writers. ‘I will write every single day, even if it’s just for five minutes!’ ‘My commonplace…


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The OCA Offices are now closed until 9am on 4 January. We look forward to working with all our students and tutors in 2016. In the meantime, here is a clever short film about the artistic process & creativity written and directed by Léo Verrier.

Ailish Henderson

'I see no black' dress (6)

In her Textiles 1 Exploring Ideas unit, OCA student Ailish has been looking at ‘”Reworking” lingerie, lace, and vintage findings into new garments. Previously featured for her playful vegetable patch inspired work, in comparison this new work is delicate and sensitive, equally tactile but in a fragile way.

That Beach Ball Feeling

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I can clearly remember my first rejection. It was as if someone had released a little valve on me. The sort of little valve that beach balls have so you can blow them up. I didn’t think I’d ever be able to write again.