Category: Textiles

Textiles-related posts on We Are OCA.

British Art Show 8: Southampton


Join OCA tutor Emma Drye on the 22 October in Southampton for OCA’s final visit to the British Art Show. The exhibition is showing across two locations in the city, the John Hansard Gallery and Southampton City Art Gallery.

Textile art and design that conveys ethical messages


Following on from my previous blog post about sustainability in textiles I thought it would be a good opportunity to look at some textile practitioners and artists that use textiles to convey messages or evoke discussions about ethical issues. In the post I will use a number of practitioners to illustrate the diverse ways textile practices and materials are used.

An introduction to sustainability in textiles

The Slow Textiles Group

In this blog post you will be taken through 3 key aspects of sustainable textiles. These are the Textiles Environment Design project (TED), the Slow Textiles Movement, and Design for disassembly. Every textile student and practitioner should have some knowledge and consider the ethics of textile production in their practice.

STEAM ahead- Provisional drawing practices


Join OCA tutor Cheryl Huntbach on the 1 October at the South Square Centre in Bradford for one of OCA’s Big Draw study visits. The day will involve an informal introduction to the exhibition and a practical drawing workshop; taking ideas from the ‘STEAM ahead’ exhibition as a springboard.

Big Draw 2016


“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder what makes the universe exist. Be curious.” Be part of OCA’s Big Draw 2016.

Study is a marathon, not a sprint


As you may have noticed, the 2016 Rio Olympics have got underway. Among those athletes going for gold, I would recommend keeping your eyes on the long distance runners – imitating some of their strategies will maximise your chances of successfully completing your studies.