Tutor report & feedback Assignment 4

Overall Comments

Julie this is well organised research project.  You have gathered an extensive collection of research material and collated it in a useful way.  Your written work is articulate and informative, as it your learning log.  You have included a sketchbook with this assignment; it is good to see you have carried on developing your drawing skills.  There is also work I have seen from a previous assignment included, I am unsure of its relevance to this assignment. * The previous work had been added to and happened to be in this particular sketchbook.

Assessment potential

I understand your aim is to go for the Textiles Degree and that you plan to submit your work for assessment at the end of this course. From the work you have shown in this assignment, providing you commit yourself to the course, I believe you have the potential to succeed at assessment.  In order to meet all the assessment criteria, there are certain areas you will need to focus on, which I will outline in my feedback.    

Feedback on assignment

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

You have clearly got a lot from this assignment, enjoying learning about the artists and their work.  You have collected a great deal of information and organised it well.  Learning about the history of textiles helps to root you in a rich cultural history that has changed and developed over time, with advances in technology and ideas.  Your writing about the artists and their work is coherent and fluent.  Your descriptions of the work you studied is expressive and show that you have closely looked at the work.  This is excellent and I suggest you use this language to describe any visual research you add to your learning log.

In project 1, stage 3 – an analytical study I suggest you add a paragraph where you compare the two artworks.  There is a lot to be learnt about textiles then and now by looking at these two pieces.  There are similarities and differences that you can pull from a comparison.  I suggest you think about the changing role of women and the female artist, as both of these artworks are full of messages about women.  For me the message in Margaret MacDonald’s work is that women are demur, slender, beautiful, part of nature and decoration.  Tracy Emin on the other hand is saying women have a voice, a political conscience, strong feelings and they can communicate these without the female body being depicted.   Yet both women choose to use traditional female crafts to express themselves, which says to me they are valued, even by contemporary artists like Tracy Emin.  Tracy Emin’s work is evidence that traditional female crafts can promote a cause and communicate a message.  It reminds me of the banners used by the suffragette movement and the union banners from the early 19th century to the present day.  (See the Peoples History Museum, Manchester)  In your writing include the links and differences between these two artworks, visible (for example materials, construction, etc.) and the cultural messages and meanings communicated. * I have re-written this section to reflect these points. I struggle a bit with analysing and critiquing I am never quite sure of it.

Project 2, stage 2 – analyse 3 pieces of work, again you have written 3 coherent descriptions of the textiles you have chosen.  I suggest that in order to make the writing more academically relevant you add some information on why you think the artists used these methods and materials to create the message/meaning/feeling achieved.  For example do Emily Jo Gibbs’ small neat stitches add to that feeling of intimacy in this image?  Why has she used the gauze square over the figures faces?  Does it help the viewer to focus on this area?  Why does the artist want you to do this?  There are no right or wrong answers here – it is a way of exploring and understanding on a deeper level the artwork in question.  This in turn will assist you in creating the message/meaning/feeling in your own work. * Again I have adjusted this section in line with your recomendations

I suggest you include more of your own thoughts and ideas to the research material either in note form or in short paragraphs in your learning log.  This demonstrates to assessors that you are developing a personal understanding of what you see.


Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Demonstration of Creativity

With this assignment you have included some sketchbook work.  I am pleased to see you have tried out some drawing exercises like drawing blind.  I can see these were quick experiments but very useful nonetheless.  You have also tried a number of different mediums, for example charcoal and biro.   The chicken and hat drawings show a developing skill that I suggest you continue to work on through to the end of this course.  

Learning Logs or Blogs/Research Material/Critical essays

Context, reflective thinking, critical thinking, analysis  

Your learning log remains coherent and well organised.  I think you should add some thoughts about the artists you have looked into and how their work might influence your own creativity.   I suggest you also add your drawings to the learning log along with your reflections on how well the task went.  For example what did you get from the blind drawings?  Were you surprised by the outcomes and was the exercise useful in helping you to look at the objects?

Suggested reading/viewing


I suggest you read The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine by Rozsika Parker.  I think you will find it useful as it covers a great deal of historical information that the author then links to contemporary textiles

Pointers for developing this and future work

  • Reflect upon this feedback in your learning log.
  • Develop the written work by adding your thoughts and ideas about the artworks you examined.
  • Continue to develop your skills in drawing.
  • Reflect on your drawing in your learning log.

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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