Tutor feedback part 5


Open College of the Arts

Tutor report


Student name Annette Bruton Student number 511956
Course/Module Textiles 1:

A creative approach

Assignment number 5



Overall Comments

Congratulations on completing the last assignment of the course. You have continued to maintain your motivation as shown in the work submitted. In this assignment you have successfully been able to explore and apply your design ideas using a variety of materials and techniques.

I was excited to see the sketchbook based on the mark making done at the beginning of the course to see the freedom, ability to extract shapes, quality of drawing and variety of materials now coming through showing the potential for future work.

You have taken up the challenge of working on a larger scale, demonstrated your understanding of textile skills and sensitivity to materials. You have been brave enough to take up the challenge of working on a larger scale – well done!

It has been a pleasure to work with you on this first module of the degree course.

I understand your aim is to go for the Textiles Degree and that you plan to submit your work for assessment at the end of this course. From the work you have shown in this assignment, and providing you commit yourself to the course, I suggest that you are likely to be successful in the assessment.


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

Stage 1 – Reviewing your work

You have worked extensively in your theme book over the length of the course, building yourself a useful resource to extract ideas for this assignment as well as starting points for the future. For this final assignment you have been able to identify areas of interest, experiment, show your development process and then take these ideas forward into your final pieces.

Stage 2 – Focusing on your theme book

I am pleased to see the range of ideas explored in the theme book. As a result of your endeavor you have been able to use themes based on the natural world and the process has given you an opportunity to respond to your wider interests.

Stage 3 – Developing your design

You have taken several ideas through initial exploration and provided yourself with useful research material, which I feel sure will be helpful to you as you move to subsequent courses.

Stage 4 – Making your textile piece

You embarked on the ambitious chair cover together with complimentary cushions. This has enabled you to demonstrate a high level of skill and apply these effectively to make your final piece with a high level of finish as shown in the machining and hand stitch.

Below are some thoughts for you to consider as you move on to your next module:

–       In order to intensify the colours achieved on the seed heads for the chair cover, you could experiment with adding scraps of intense colour to overcome the fight with colour on a pre-printed fabric.

–       Another way could be to look into reverse applique where you cut through to reveal.

–       I felt that the seed head print has strong graphic qualities and could be further developed through scale and patterning.

Learning Logs or Blogs / Critical essays Context

Your learning log continues to provide you with a comprehensive record of your journey and enables you to enrich your passion for the subject of textiles.


Your sketchbooks demonstrate your thinking and show a progression of your ideas towards the resolved pieces.

Suggested viewing/reading Context

To take a look at the fabric prints of Lucienne Day

Visit degree shows near to you and New Designers in Islington, London

Look up the Stroud International Festival which starts soon

Pointers for the next course

Continue to draw, experiment, visit exhibitions and galleries and enjoy your textile work.

You have produced a strong body of work and I hope that as your confidence grows you will be able to take the progress you are now making in your sketchbook through to dynamic designs as your own style emerges.






Tutor name: Brenda Miller
Date 1 April 2014
Next assignment due



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