I hope this discussion inspires you to think more deeply about how you could write about particular landscapes (or waterscapes) and stimulates you to research a really interesting contemporary writer and her ideas about poetry and places.
I think for me it’s really a good way of recognising how much time is spent doing social media and how that could be better spent. I’ve spent time with my daughter re-decorating her room and it was great. All of the small bits of time add up to quite a lot over the course of a week – I’ve been amazed.
It’s not surprising that writers often bring food into their stories and poems: the way that a character relates to food can be a shorthand for letting the reader know something significant about their personality or their relationships.
In the end, it’s not just about flowers.
Students attending were taking OCA units in various disciplines across photography, drawing and creative writing at all levels. There was interest to share ideas and approaches across disciplines and it felt there was common ground in our various connections to nature, ecology, landscape, gardening, geology and the outdoors.
This is an important book for anyone who writes about art and its related disciplines. From Textile Foundations to Sustaining Your Practice as a textile student you are asked to comment on the work of others and your own creative output. This is a skill that does not necessarily come naturally, and many students struggle with it. It is therefore important to get some help. This book is different from the many “how to” writing books because it makes a strong case for knowing your subject and writing creatively about it.
The multi‐disciplinary aspect of the group was a great catalyst for different ways of thinking about a subject in this case the wildness of urban spaces, and was found very useful by many of the OCA participants.
As an educator I’m interested in asking questions but also listening, I see myself as someone who makes connections and points stuff out, a conduit of sorts. This thinking is established in my ongoing blog which acts as a reflective tool, supporting my thinking and making process.
In 2012, it was relaunched by Penguin, with a similar but specific mission; to publish reinterpretations of Shakespeare’s plays in the modern novel form. Some of the most acclaimed and popular novelists of our time have been commissioned to write for the project and so far, six have delivered – Jeanette Winterson, Howard Jacobson, Tracy Chevalier, Edward St Aubyn, Anne Tyler and Margaret Atwood.
#weareoca will feature updates from staff members across the month of September – I will personally be trying the ‘night owl’ (take a break from social media after 6pm each night) after an unsurprising check on my usage via an app-monitoring tool. We’d love you to join us – let us know how you fared on the quiz and share which plan you’ll be doing!
All of which leads me to conclude that the artistic art is a desire to make real the imaginary. And so by necessity employing as wide a range of mediums as possible takes us closer to that elusive goal.
As part of the #weareoca30 campaign we are having creative conversations with some of our tutors. Watch and listen to OCA Programme Leader for Textiles, Rebecca Fairley, answering questions from students.