As an educator it is always delightful to sit back and absorb the ideas and knowledge of others. A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Textile and Place Conference co organised by Manchester School of Art and the Whitworth Gallery. It proved to be two days of textile nourishment spending time with other textile types.
OCA Printmaking tutor Michelle Keegan is exhibiting new etchings as part of the exhibition ‘Make Colour Sing’ A Review of Contemporary Abstraction in Nottingham
I spend time walking in these places, talking to people who I meet along the way, researching the histories, stories, geology, geographies. My aim is to try to capture and distil some of the unique visual qualities of each place through a record of my time spent there. I think of my work as alternative ‘maps’ of a place or ‘recordings’.
What makes this particular student’s yarns so exciting is that she has clearly been inspired and demonstrates so well that she has been stimulated by her source material. Whether this is her secondary research in the form of a medieval artwork or her primary research in the colour studies of glass vessels, there are clear links and reference points between her work and its creative source.
As a designer from a minority and working class background, I had similar perceptions of the creative industries prior to beginning my career. I became a designer to do a job I love, and I wholeheartedly believe in many of the progressive ideals of diversity and equality that design agencies love to talk about.
I began the morning asking students what they thought drawing could be beyond the traditional skills they might have learnt. Some keywords emerged that acted as a guide for the exercises, including drawing as invention, play, process, action, memory, language, non-art, materials and generative.
OCA’s Kimberley Foster has an upcoming exhibition ‘You and I are discontinuous beings’ – an exhibition to celebrate the publication and launch of ‘Collective and Collaborative Drawing on Contemporary Practice: Drawing Conversations’ in which Kimberley has written a chapter.
OCA Moving Image Programme Leader and tutor, Matt White, is delighted to announce that the premiere of his latest film, The Tick and The Bomb will take place at the Wales International Documentary Film Festival on the 17 April, 2018.
This is the second instalment of Cheryl’s Creative Conversations video. Here she speaks about her work.
As part of the #weareoca30 campaign we are having creative conversations with some of our tutors. Watch and listen to OCA tutor and assessor Cheryl Huntbach below answering questions from students in part 1 of her video.
The author event. That mercurial entity where the audience expects magic from the author and the author somehow expects…well if not magic then what? Some kind of sense of connection with an audience? An audience they would otherwise experience only through Amazon reviews?