Review of Part 4 – Contextual studies

I found this more theoretical approach very useful. I really enjoyed researching the artists, many of whom I was not familiar with. I particularly enjoyed exploring Tracey Emin’s work. Although I find it quite unsettling at times it changed my opinion of her work and there were even some pieces that I really would like to see in the flesh as it were. I would particularly like to look more closely at her quilts.

The questions set were particularly helpful as a basis for analysis. I have always had trouble knowing what to write for analyses and I will certainly use these in the future.

An awareness of context in which work is produced is always useful and will certainly influence the way in which I work in the future and I will be adding to this research in my own time. I am continuing to add to my pintrest boards as well which should help in the future.

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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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