Tutor feedback – Assignment 3

Overall Comments

Julie this body of work is exploratory and considered.  There is good use of materials, colours and techniques to produce some interesting and effective samples.  You have used drawing throughout the assignment to visualize ideas and learn about possible design outcomes.  The project book is well organised and annotated in places.  Your online learning log is easy to navigate with some interesting and relevant research material.  


Feedback on assignment

Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Quality of Outcome, Demonstration of Creativity

During this Reveal and Conceal project you have made a wide range of samples in a number of different materials.  They have been mounted with care so that they can be held up to the light and see their full effect.  You appear to have really thought through what this assignment has asked of you and therefore produced some considered and attractive pieces.  I am pleased to see in your learning log that you photographed frequently your samples exploring their possibilities and learning about their potential.  This is an excellent way of learning about your own creative process, the materials and techniques.  I suggest you continue to work in this way documenting your findings and learning from your results.


To construct your samples you have used a number of materials and techniques, some very simple and others more technical.  Looking at a full range of techniques and materials is very important when creating a sample range.  Continue to explore many techniques, learning from your research material and any creative textile books you have.   The samples you have constructed have been made with care and a high level of craftsmanship.  This is great because is helps the work look professional and that you are conscientious about your work even when you are being experimental.  There is a nice use of colour where you seem to have different colour palettes for different parts of the assignment.  There also appears to be a considered use of placement therefore achieving pleasing designs particularly the more abstract sample work.  

I suggest you continue to work with care and an eye for detail.  Use your research material to advance your ideas and learn new ways of using materials.  Developing both your creativity and skill base.



Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Demonstration of Creativity

For this assignment you have used drawing in your project book to explore your design thinking.  There is also some more observational drawing in your sketchbook but this is very minimal.  The drawing lacks some confidence but you do have some skill.  I suggest you draw more regularly in a wider range of mediums.  Think of your drawings as you do your samples – taking your time to build up compositions and freely exploring the potential of the work.  Work quickly in a variety of mediums.  Use collage and coloured washes to break up the white background of the paper.  Try and use a range of tones and neutral colours to expand your colour palette.  Once you have completed a sketch/drawing/doodle look and think about it.  Try and describe how the image looks what areas work and why, note this down either with the drawing and/or in your learning log.  This will help you develop an understanding of your drawing work.  Consider joining a local life drawing class or developing your drawing by learning from an instructive book or website.


Learning Logs or Blogs/Critical essays


Your online learning log is organised and easy to navigate.  You have posted regularly including a large number of photographs of your work.  There are some nice images of your work held up to the light as you explored the potential of the samples.  It would have also been nice to see the shadows produced by these samples that could have led to sketching these shapes and compositions.  It would have also been interesting to see photographs of your work in progress; this would have led to a discussion about the techniques and materials used.  This kind of analysis of your work helps you understand your work and its direction.  I suggest you also need to reflect more on the work you make and the assignment as a whole.  Look at your samples and note down what it is that looks/feels good or wrong about them, this could be colour, texture, structure, size, composition and finish.  Add any ideas triggered by this looking and links to research material you have.  


For this assignment you have included some interesting work from other artists who have used this theme of Reveal and Conceal.  I suggest your research lacks your voice and what you think about the art you are looking at.  It is very important to have your opinion of the work and what it might mean to you.  There are no right or wrong answers to this but a freedom to think and analyse the work and how it may relate to you.  This could be something to do with the colour palette, the use of materials, the scale of the work, techniques used, composition and placement.  Ask your self about these things while looking at an artwork, noting down your responses and being aware of how they might influence your own creative output.  Collect this information in your learning log along with the images and links you already have. *Thank you, I have added some descriptions to my samples and some reflection to my research as suggested.


I suggest you also reflect upon this feedback in your learning log.


Suggested reading/viewing


Mark-making in Textile Art by Helen Parrott published by Batsford.

Drawn to Stitch by Gwen Hedley published by Batsford.

Drawing Projects by Mick Maslen and Jack Southern published by Black Dog.


Pointers for the next assignment

  • Continue your excellent working practices.
  • Practice your drawing more regularly.
  • Expand your learning log to include more reflective thinking and analysis.
  • Research widely using what you learn to influence your own creativity.


Well done Julie, I look forward to your next assignment.


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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