T1-MMT-P3 Tutor feedback on Assignment 2

Last week I got feedback from my tutor, Rebecca Fairley, on Assignment 2. In my own review (6-August-2015) I was pleased and excited about the work, and happily Rebecca was also very positive. She even asked my permission to put a write-up on the WeAreOCA blog, which you can see at http://weareoca.com/textiles/judy-nolan/.

It’s a great confidence boost to get such a response. I’ve enjoyed a happy haze for a few days, but now I need to take care to focus on the detail – the why of the positives and the what next. I need to continue and to develop in:

  • being brave and taking risks, not just in sample making but in the way I approach drawing. On the drawing side in particular I think I can learn/steal from some fellow OCA students who are doing exciting work in A Textiles Vocabulary, the other new level 1 textiles course. Examples include Charlotte/Lottie (thecuriosityoflottie.wordpress.com), and Julie (aslowunravelling.wordpress.com). One of the exercises involves sketching as a way of exploring archive textiles – not drawing to make a picture, but loose and inventive discovery. Drawing as a useful part of the way I work, not an end itself.
  • building up, blending, linking – of technical understanding, knowledge, research… I now have a framework, a scaffolding. I love the feeling of broadening, strengthening, enriching that, making connections. Rebecca points out this will both inspire and inform my own creativity and making.
  • review what I record about my own and others’ work. I need to do this more – sometimes I wonder if I have the same “new” insight or revelation over and over again. Plus I may understand more fully with a little distance and time.
  • Rebecca recommended “continue to develop the language you use to discuss and reflect upon your own work and the research material you collect. Nothing is too wacky or too strange, record your thoughts honestly…” Similar advice was given in her feedback to Assignment 1, and although I experimented with language a little it was all rather stilted and awkward. I think editing out the wacky/strange part could be being afraid of appearing stupid or obvious or wrong. So what? I can develop, extend, change ideas later, but not if I’ve forgotten them. And as for sounding awkward, I suspect it’s that I don’t take my own work seriously. It’s just student work, it’s just a sample, it’s only a bit of fun. Being self-deprecating is a defence. To treat my work seriously, to write about it as an artist writing about her work, is to be vulnerable. I think that’s a new revelation (see point above). The work is playful, fun, exploratory samples by a student – but it’s still serious, and deserves to be treated as such. So going forward I’ll try to be less safe, less hedging my bets. And I’m going to try to be conscious of how other artists write about their work – not just the content, but the language – then note the bits that resonate with me and try to copy them.
  • T1-MMT-P3 Tutor feedback on Assignment 2
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    Tutor feedback on Assignment 2

    7 Responses to “T1-MMT-P3 Tutor feedback on Assignment 2”


    1. 1 JulieB August 29, 2015 at 7:15 pm

      Congratulations – and well deserved. Reading your posts makes me feel gauche and amateurish at times – I so admire your thoughtful and considered approach in both your work and your written commentary. What an interesting insight into the difficulty of being both playful and serious. Looking forward to following where you lead next.

    2. 2 fibresofbeing August 29, 2015 at 7:31 pm

      If we lead each other does that mean we are going in circles or spiraling upwards? 🙂

    3. 3 karenwoodfield August 29, 2015 at 9:27 pm

      I would be interested if you find other textile artists who you enjoy reading about their work and have an inspirational writing style. I will also let you know if I find anyone……..

    4. 5 Lottie August 30, 2015 at 1:04 am

      I was really excited for you to see your write up in the newsletter. V much deserved. I was particularly pleased that your tutor recognised the quality of your work from the other side of the world as a result of your efforts on your blog.

      • 6 fibresofbeing August 30, 2015 at 8:15 am

        Thanks Lottie. I was able to complete Understanding Western Art without posting a thing, including assessment. Saves a lot of money and time. Will have to post something with this course, but will be a challenge with samples too fragile, too heavy, or no longer existing.


    1. 1 T1-MMT-P3 Molding and casting – Review | Fibres of Being Trackback on October 12, 2015 at 7:17 pm

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