(All work submitted digitally)
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Well done on the completion of your first assignment for Ideas & Processes Jane. I am pleased that you have found new course enjoyable and easy to follow; you have made a very positive and confident start. You communicate your ideas well; your blog is clear and professional (I know that you intend to place the work assignments into the correct
lists/sections) this has made it easy to follow your progress digitally throughout.
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
Part one utilises an interview with Edmund de Waal which appeared in the Nov/Dec 2015 issue of Crafts magazine, as a starting point to investigate ways of using different types of research material and different themes to generate creative thinking and making.
You have recognized that you are now at the early experimental stages of
mixing media in terms of textiles; it does take time to move away from
traditional techniques if this is what you have been used to, and to explore
new combinations and processes.
For your exercise into a personal experience, I felt that you made a very strong start, and your photography and reflective notes on your journey, were thoughtful and interesting; however, it ‘is’ difficult, once this information is arranged or collated, to move from inspiration to creation, and you were clearly disappointed with your first attempt; I also enjoyed your second piece more, particularly the way in which it represents your journeys beginning and end in the same place; your confidence in the useof mixed media will continue develop throughout the course.
Words, poetry, action and music.
Your work is stronger when you choose looser, more malleable media, I feel that felt pens and sharpies are quite restrictive. You are trying to move away from what you describe as safe colours and techniques, and you are beginning to gain confidence in your drawing and mark-making;your pastel and charcoal studies are a very good start, they are much more expressive and energetic.
I can see that you often return to exercises to try something new and to push yourself further, this is great to see Jane, well done!
For your final exercise, I loved the touching, personal recollections of your neighbour, and his gift of the old shed; this sample (below) is the onewhich I feel is the most exciting and sensitive, and tells a story, without being too literal or too close to the original photographs and sketches (but still inspired by them) Your use of found materials to print with for your
development, also feels much less inhibited.
Exercise 1.7 – Place
‘It’s a bit bright Doris!’ a sample by Jane Murdock.
Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Demonstration of Creativity
All sketchbook/loose pages have been viewed on-line and commented on
in conjunction with the rest of the assignments.
Learning Logs or Blogs/Critical essays
Practical Research, Critical Analysis and Contextual Research.
On-line learning log:
Some later work will need to be posted Jane, but for now, I can reviewyour work easily through your blog. Any images added to your blog would be clearer if they were a little bigger for future assignments.
It is good to read that you are increasingly aware of the need for critical reflection, this does take practice, and is very different from just documenting your progress. Your research notes are thoughtful and considered; particularly your thoughts on the rhythm of art.
Your research, analysis and critical writing skills have clearly been enriched by your previous Art History course, and are a strong point in your work; I was pleased to see that you had focused on the following quote, relating to the importance of negative space, “making with more space between objects” (de Waal, 2015) this is a statement which I refer to repeatedly with design students!
Identity and labels: Your personal response to work which challenges
Your choice of Becky Knight, as an artist whose work crosses boundaries,
puts me in mind of Suzie Freeman’s work (below)
12 days, 6/12. Suzie Freeman.
Good Taste, 16/15. Suzie Freeman.
You may also enjoy the work of Jennifer Collier; Jennifer recycles vintage
papers (sometimes from old books) and tea bags (amongst other things)
which she bonds and waxes to create ‘fabric’. This material is then treated
as if it is cloth and stitched together to build the objects and sculptures.
Bag dress, Jennifer Collier.
Pointers for next assignment.
Continue to experiment and explore more unusual approaches to mixed
media, moving away from those which you are most comfortable with; this
is a good first (diagnostic) assignment.
So far, you are demonstrating quite clear sequential development in your
approach, particularly in the Personal Experience exercise.
You will be continuing with Rebecca who is an excellent tutor, I’d like to
wish you the very best of luck with your course.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.