A New Start – Exploring Ideas! Preparation for a new module

At last my new course materials have arrived! Lee at the OCA was very helpful when I enquired how to get them sent out and they arrived within a couple of days. I couldn’t  wait to get started and opened them straight away.

I have had a flick though the course book already; it all looks a lot more inspirational than A Creative Approach and better written with more scope for students to develop their own voice as it’s not so prescriptive. I have also sat down and written a list of materials that I will need to get. I don’t have any screen printing supplies as yet for example so I will need to source some – what a shame!

I have also been on the Hampshire Library website to order up some of the required texts. I am having trouble getting a couple so I may have to buy those but that will come later. One is due in this week so I look forward to collecting that. 

My new tutor and I have exchanged details which is always the first step and I really look forward to working with her. I have sent her a link to this blog as my learning log. I hope I can continue to use it but if not I will post the new address on here.

I really hope this course does turn out to be more interesting than A Creative Approach and that I can get really inspired by it. I struggled to raise enthusiasm for ACA at times but at first glance this course looks a lot better.



About Julie Hooker

Having recently returned to my roots in Surrey, I am currently studying a BA Hons degree with the OCA. My work is often inspired by the local countryside in the beautiful Surrey Hills area and the wild rugged nature of the North Cornish coast. Steam engines and abandoned industrial history are also recent themes. A free machine embroiderer and felt maker; I like to explore the use of natural, found materials to create my art, whether that be as raw materials to stitch or weave with or as a material with which to produce dye or print with. Previously, I completed City and Guilds parts 1 & 2 Creative Embroidery at the East Berkshire College in Windsor in 2007. I was also awarded first place in the wearable art section of the National Quilt Championships 2008 and 2009 held annually at Sandown Park.
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