Review against the assessment criteria – part 3

Demonstration of technical and visual skills
As with the last assignment, I have tried a lot of new techniques so I am quite sure that the samples are not of the best technically but they are experimental and I’m sure they would be improved with more research and development. Overall I pleased with the results of the exercises and am satisfied with them visually as well. It has been really exciting to get the chance to explore my embroidery’s textural qualities in this way.

Quality of outcome
I am relatively confident that the quality of outcome is good, once mounted I think they will show as a good set of samples for assessment. I feel that some guidelines on mounting this kind of work would be very useful as I have quite a large selection of photographs, drawings and breakable samples some of which are very 3D

Demonstration of creativity
I tried my best during the projects to push myself to leave my comfort zone behind and experiment as much as I could. I chose to use the course guidelines as a starting point and then put my own spin on the exercises. My hope is that I have produced samples that are creative enough as I have taken my own path to push what interests me rather than sticking to the guidelines too ridgidly.

I found the research for this section of the course really inspiring, I think this helped me to produce interesting samples based on my research. Hopefully this continues to improve on my first assignment’s weaknesses as well.

Other reflections on part three and hopes for part four

I have enjoyed part three just as much as I did part two. I feel I was very engaged with it. I was quite  out of my comfort zone again in places but feel I have produced some interesting experimental samples that have again sparked off quite a few ideas for the future.

I am still struggling a little with the drawing side of things but have taken some steps towards conquering this. I have continued working on a small travel sketchbook with work inspired by my recent visit to Cornwall. Which I have enclosed in my assignment submission (although it is an ongoing project in itself) and have continued to draw the samples in my large sketchbook as it seems to be the most sensible place to put them. I am also completing Dionne Swift’s online sketchbook course which has been recommended by a lot of other students to help break the fear of sketchbooks for those (like me) who are not natural sketchbook keepers. So far I have created some lovely backgrounds and started to experiment with the theme of circles. I am ging to continue with this sketchbook over the next week with the aim of getting it finished as I progress to part 4.

I really hope to continue to develop some of the samples produced during this section of the course; I have really enjoyed using the clay and mouldable polymer and would like to explore this further. I will be doing some research and experiments to work out the best way colouring the clay or perhaps ‘glazing’ it in some way. It really is an exciting avenue to explore and I hope to be able to use it in the following parts of the course in some way. I would also like to try some printing with my embroidered samples (as well as other methods) as a further way of continuing to explore their qualities.


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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