Recently I was contemplating the distinction between origin and originality. I was reading Re-writing the Self by Mark Freeman at the time I was reviewing contemporary artist research for Major Project and how they influenced my own work. I was horrified. What I took to be my own work, the product of commitment to a process with no predetermined fixed point or predicted outcome, resulted in pieces that were strikingly similar to those out there in the world.
OCA tutor and assessor Bryan Eccleshall looks the work of BA (Hons) Painting student Sarah de Mattos. He examines her sketchbooks and the way she uses materials as a way of exploring marks. Sarah relates her work to other artists, merging this research and her research into materials in one succinct document.
Nina O’Connor, an OCA Textiles student has recently completed the fifth and final part of Textiles 1: Mixed Media for Textiles. This course takes the student through a wide range of materials and techniques many of which are on the periphery of what is considered textiles. I have chosen to show Nina’s work here because she clearly demonstrates the process in which creative decisions are made and how this pays off in pleasing and engaging works.
OCA students have been busy again contributing and collaborating for issue 2 of their zine. Edge 2 is called Change and the students have reflected on the word creatively. As a festive favour we are going to print and post 100 copies to OCA students. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world”