Tutor feedback part 1

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Tutor report


Student name Annette Bruton Student number 511956
Course/Module Textiles 1:A Creative Approach Assignment number 1

 Overall Comments

I feel that you have started the degree programme with great enthusiasm as evidenced in your first assignment. You have set in place good working methods and time management for you to progress successfully. Your first assignment is comprehensive, clearly set out and enabled you to channel your creativity.

As you gain confidence, I would encourage you to take risks in your approach, especially with regard to scale. This will, I hope, enable you to challenge yourself and enable you to explore ideas in more depth. I am looking forward to seeing how your ideas develop in your next assignment as your sensitivity and love of colour is demonstrated clearly in this initial body of work

I encourage you to review your work as you continue with the next assignment on colour in response to the comments below and continue to challenge and incorporate your own responses.

 Enjoy working through the next projects and I hope the pointers below will be helpful to you as you reflect on your work.

 Assessment potential (after Assignment 1)

You may want to get credit for your hard work and achievements with the OCA by formally submitting your work for assessment at the end of the module. More and more people are taking the idea of lifelong learning seriously by submitting their work for assessment but it is entirely up to you. We are just as keen to support you whether you study for pleasure or to gain qualifications. Please consider whether you want to put your work forward for assessment and let me know your decision when you submit Assignment 2. I can then give you feedback on how well your work meets the assessment requirements.”

 Feedback on assignment Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Quality of Outcome, Demonstration of Creativity

Project 1:

Aim:–  To help you to build up the confidence to tryout a wide range of drawing media.

You have demonstrated that you bring to the course skills as evidenced in your samples and sketchbook. You demonstrate this with your investigation of marks. In addition you have experimented using hessian and taken your ideas further through your explorations with layering.

Your research informed your work with collage, which has ignited your sense of composition and ability to respond to colour and shape. In addition your collage exploration of water has a real energy.

Again your approach to studying a photo and filling the space has been particularly successful, I feel, demonstrating your understanding of how to replicate colour.

 You show through your approach to this assignment that you are highly motivated and this will enable you to build on this work and encourage you to experiment further enabling your creativity to flourish.

Project 2:

Aims:– To develop your awareness of how the embroidery medium (stitch, thread and fabric) can be manipulated to give specific effects.

–  To show how surfaces can be built up and areas intensified by organizing stitch in different ways.

It is evident that you have enjoyed and spent time develoing your textile pieces. Your collection of samples clearly demonstrates your skills and sensitivity to colour and form. I feel that you have produced a successful body of experiments.

 Taking your explorations into machine stitch displays good skills and the hand-embroidered samples show a considered skill

I feel that your initial paper collage pieces, which you have translated into fabric and stitch have been particularly successful and you have demonstrated an ability to extend your approach to the questions asked of you.

Learning Logs or Blogs / Critical essays Context

Your blog is a comprehensive record of your journey on this first assignment. I have enjoyed reading your experience and congratulate you on the effort on display here. Not only have you reflected on your choices, you have critically evaluated the exhibitions you have visited. This will provide you with an invaluable resource to move forward with on the course.

Suggested viewing/reading Context

Continue to visit galleries and museums and document in the blog to evidence your wider interests.

Take a look at artists Louise Baldwin, Jean Littlejohn and Michael Brennand-Wood for their use of stitch, colour and structure

If you are not already aware of the textile artist Audrey Walker, I suggest you revisit her work again to consider her use of hand stitch, composition and colour. (I was not aware of Audrey Walker the photographer you mention in your exhibition visit.)

 Pointers for the next assignment

To look at artists in a broad art context around colour

To aim to take risks in your approach to the work in terms of scale and materials

To enjoy

Tutor name: Brenda   Miller
Date 1   July 2013
Next assignment   due 30   September 1013

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