ATV Part 4 Yarn and linear exploration Tutor Feedback and reflection.

Summary of tutorial discussion
Great use of drawing to explore your ideas and document your samples. You’ve carefully selected media to capture the qualities of your yarn materials.
You liked the neutral yarn collection best as the colour is more cohesive, but it’s not as exciting in the use of materials or structure. More traditional and well crafted. Try to critically evaluate the outcomes more in this way. Which do you like and why? How could they be improved?
“I feel I have pushed a lot farther in this assignment and have been more experimental, allowing the ideas to form from one piece to another, keeping an open mind about the developments and the interpretation of yarn.” – This comes across. The development feels fluid and logical, playful and experimental.

Sketchbook:
– Logical exploration. Sketchbook ideas easy to navigate.
– Some great pages of idea exploration through drawing! Drawing is a real strength. You’ve drawn to propose ideas and drawn from your sampling. Continue to use drawing to capture ideas, especially those you might not have time to make (like the organza translucency ideas).
– Good use of short notes to document evaluations.
– To push your drawing to the fore, the sketchbook could have less “narrative” in writing – e.g. “I have never done weaving before…” Reduce to bullet points. Don’t write draft reflections in the sketchbook.

Research:
– Research highlighted as not enjoyable or inspirational.
– The writing is a little descriptive and mainly summarises what you’ve read, rather than what you’ve learned.
Rather than reviewing each link, you could have written in a more essay-like format to discuss overall themes, ideas, new innovations emerging from the reading over all.

Learning log:
– Don’t duplicate content from the sketchbook. Try to think of the sketchbook as the ‘in-project’ document –where you explore your ideas and samples as you’re working – and the learning log as a place to reflect on and evaluate your work and approach to it.

– End of project reflection evaluated your approach and your process well. Be more specific about what work you think is the strongest or most interesting, and why. Use photographs to visually communicate these too us.
Strengths

Drawing: Great use of drawing to explore ideas and document samples. You’ve thoughtfully selected media to draw the different yarn materials.

Sketchbook: You’ve drawn samples you didn’t have time to make, which makes the sketchbook a great resource for future work.

Sampling: Good range of materials and approaches explored.

Areas for development

Sketchbook: Reduce the written narrative to allow your drawings to do the talking.

Research: Focus on what you’re being asked to study, and what you hope to understand from the research. Write answers based on this.

Evaluation: Highlight pieces / collections you think are most successful. Use photograph to zoom into your samples – to select areas you like most.

Pointers for the next assignment
• Reflect on this feedback in your learning log and write actions based on strengths and weaknesses discussed.

Reflection on tutor feedback:

I am very happy with my tutor feedback for this assignment. I find the video tutorials invaluable for discussing and explaining why I did certain things. I seem to find it easier to evaluate my work when I am asked direct questions about it in the tutorial, rather than when I am trying to do a written evaluation of my work. Discussion through talking seems to better highlight how I feel about my work so I think I need to go back and edit maybe or add to what I have written after my feedback.

I need to keep a separate narrative of my work in either another notebook or on post it notes that can be removed from my sketchbook. I write everything down as I go along so I can remember everything when it comes to writing it up on my blog, but I totally understand the need not to duplicate as assessors may assume they have already read it in my sketchbook when in fact I may have added more detail in the blog write up. Also, I think the sketchbook will look nicer without lots of my messy writing.

I need to write in a more essay style way with my research. I need to write more about what I have learnt from the research rather than a summary of what I have read. I shall aim to research all the links, make notes and then write up what I have learnt or what has inspired me.

Remember to use zoomed in photos to show detail of more subtle pieces of work and to use photos in my evaluation to show which pieces I feel are strongest and why.

Formative feedback ATV Assignment three

Formative feedback
Summary of tutorial discussion
Strong crafting skills evident throughout.
Ex.3.2 highlights a sensitive translation of colour into yarn and thread. The mix of textures and surface qualities reflects the materiality of the painting nicely. The four smaller wraps translate the colour particularly well, with the crossing threads optically mixing the colours and creating lively constructed patterns.
The crafting and composition of the collages (ex.3.4) demonstrates an attention to detail. The hand-coloured papers have created unique compositions, with the varied textures creating lively aesthetics. A couple of the compositions could have been more different but the papers ensure they have a different aesthetic quality. Different background colours could have drastically changed the composition and could have been explored
more. Test and evaluate alternative compositions more regularly – either through drawing quick compositions, or in writing.
A systematic, methodical approach is evident in this submission. Your perfectionism meant that the work took more time than allocated, so consider exploring faster methods offset with more careful approaches could help speed the work up.
Learning log:
– Continue to refer to feedback from assignment 2 about the nature of the learning log.
– When evaluating your work, give more detail to explain the statements. E.g. “I feel I have chosen the right design for each collage and feel that they explore the exercise given for each one.” What does ‘right’ mean? Can you describe the qualities of the composition more descriptively to communicate why the piece feels ‘right’?
This will also help you unpick why something feels ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, and develop your use of subject specific terminology (like composition or terms relating to colour theory).
Research Points
RP1:
– Good structure to the analysis which helped you respond to the questions posed with a sense of objectivity.
– But do you like it? The analysis lacks a more personal response to the work. Whilst the research points require you to demonstrate your academic writing and research skills, there also needs to be some personal commentary to communicate what you think about the work and how the research could influence your practical work.
– Use the ‘Reflection’ summary to discuss what you’ve learnt and how the research will influence your approach to the practical exercises. You could also compare and contrast the designers you’ve looked at, if appropriate.
Gouache: Good quality gouache paint should create a more consistent, ‘flat’ colour. Purchase better quality gouache for more exacting colour mixing in future. (We also discussed that acrylic isn’t ideal as its shiny, plasticky surface reflects more light and alters the read of the colour.)
Strengths

Sketchbook is used well to explore ideas and make
notes.
Evaluation: Be more specific in explaining your
evaluations.
Good use of drawing to test ideas in the sketchbook
first.

Sensitive colour translation.
Strong crafting skills; attention to detail.

Areas for development

Use drawing more extensively to explore ideas
and make visual notes.

Research: Include more of ‘you’ in your analysis.
Balance the subjective and objective analysis.

Drawing compositions to test various options (not just
to visualize one idea). This might have helped you
explore options

Challenge your perfectionism sometimes by trying
quicker or rougher approaches, especially earlier in the
project when the emphasis is on exploration. You can
then refine these in a more time-consuming sample.
Suggested reading/viewing
Context
This is a good blog post about a strong ATV assignment 4 submission: https://weareoca.com/students/studentwork/
presenting-student-work-ruth-venables-yarn-collection-for-a-textiles-vocabulary/
Pointers for the next assignment
• Reflect on this feedback in your learning log.
• Evaluate the next assignment against assessment criteria (or start with this assignment) to develop your awareness of what the work is being assessed against.
• Apply the same sensitive use of colour in the yarns. Evaluate how to optically mix different coloured threads / fibres to create different hues.
• Explore some quicker approaches along your naturally more careful and time-consuming methods. Perhaps challenge yourself to, for example, produce 5 quick yarns in 30 minutes and see if interesting
ideas emerge.
Tutor name Cari Morton
Date 8th June 2018

Reflection of feedback

I am pleased with the feedback given and I find the skype tutorials very valuable in better understanding the feedback given and expressing reasons why I did, or did not do something.

I am pleased I experimented with making 4 smaller yarn wraps, using different wrapping techniques, weaving and stitching as I feel they translated the colours and textures from the painting better than the straight forward wraps.

I agree that I could have done some different compositions with the collage as they were all the same, I really don’t know why I didn’t as it seems so obvious now but at the time I felt I had to keep them close to the original image. I should have experimented a bit more with the layout like I did with the papers I used, for a better range.

The work always takes me so much longer than the 10 hours a week. Maybe some of it is down to my perfectionism but I do feel that 10 hours a week is not enough to produce a good enough standard of work. If I stuck to the 10 hours I know I would not get half the amount done. Maybe I am just a slow worker!

I agree I need to give more reasons why in my work. I find this quite hard as I can be quite intuitive and sometimes just go with something as it feels right or is pleasing to me and there is no other reason. I do struggle with worrying if my work is right- in terms of what the brief is asking for- as in some places I don’t feel the brief is written that well and it can be difficult to work out what you are expected to be doing. I have been happy with what I have produced but my worry is it does not meet the brief in some areas.

I do need to include more ‘me’ in my research. Some of the research is very fact based but I will try a more personal response.

 

Tutor Feedback and my reflection for ATV Assignment 2

Formative feedback

Course/Unit A Textiles Vocabulary Assignment number 2

Type of tutorial Video

Assignment 2 and 4 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 continue to commit yourself to the course, I believe you have the potential to pass 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.

 Summary of tutorial discussion

Sensitive paper manipulation with varied and playful exploration of media. You said you struggled with how to translate the drawings into manipulated paper but that effort to source new papers and employ different approaches is clear in the work. You have thoughtfully developed the marks and qualities of the drawings into creases, folds and patterns. Keep this new learning in mind even when you approach exercises which feel easier – keep searching for ways to do things differently.

The stitch enhances and extends the paper textures well. Occasionally the interaction between stitch and texture could have been more sympathetic – e.g. black thread overpowered the white-on-white texture below – but generally the stitch was sensitively applied.

Sketchbook vs. learning log

– The sketchbook is the place to document the process in depth. From looking through the sketchbook and samples we should be able to see the development of your ideas, what media and materials you’re testing, what you think about them and how you could develop them as well as how you actually develop them. You can include small swatches of materials and samples too. (Any chunkier samples can be kept separately.)

– Integrate your artist research into the sketchbook: Include small images of work which is inspiring and directly informing your own, followed by notes and drawings about how you could develop from it.

– Use the sketchbook as a place to have a conversation with yourself – to explore a range of options, test ideas, think through problems etc. It being a bit messy is fine – it should be an organic document. Use brief notes to evaluate the strengths/weaknesses in the work.

– You feel you’re spending much more than 20% on the learning log, in part because you have both a physical book and blog, but also because you are writing what you have done step by step. In the learning log entries, review and evaluate your work at the end of an exercise or a project (see notes below). You can write up your evaluation of the artist/ designer work in the log more fully. The log is where your academic writing skills are assessed, so whilst we want the discussion to feel personal, it will be more formal in tone than the sketchbook.

Improving evaluation

– Spending less time writing up what you did in your learning log will naturally focus your energy on summarising and evaluating.

– Your evaluation of the samples created in the assignment is good – you are specific about what you like and why.

– When evaluating, consider different perspectives: your own intuitive response; what the brief asked you to do and the different aspects within that (in the case of assignment 2: scale, placement, repetition); what others may think. If you really like a sample force yourself to analyse what could be improved; if you don’t like it, make yourself consider the strengths or areas which have potential. This will help you be more specific about exactly what you like and dislike, and build your ability to communicate your own work.

Strengths

Thoughtful translation of drawn marks and details into paper and stitch qualities.

Sensitive selection and manipulation of materials.

Great that you include yarn wraps / material samples with the details of where they were from – this technical information is good to refer to in future

Areas for development

Evaluation – build on huge improvement made in Part 2 by differentiating the development and evaluation done in the sketchbooks and that done in the log.

Review use of learning log as above. (Don’t have both paper-based and blog.)

Your drawing is really strong so keep drawing in the sketchbook to think through your ideas. Draw from your samples to propose alterations or new versions.

Suggested reading/viewing

Context

Now is a good point to consider presentation for assessment, so you can keep on top of this as you go. E.g. the paper manipulation samples could be simply collated into a series of folded paper wallets with an image of the original drawing to start each section. Look at: https://weareoca.com/student-work/textiles-presentationassessment/;

https://weareoca.com/subject/textiles/textiles-organising-work-assessment/;

https://weareoca.com/education/textiles-presenting-work-assessment/.

Great that you’ve been engaging with the Facebook group and other students’ blogs. The key to not feeling worried about work other students are producing is to see more of it so you can be inspired by the range of different approaches, rather than how different theirs is to yours. Well done for getting your Instagram account started. Read: https://weareoca.com/education/mimicking-studio-experience/;

https://weareoca.com/education/finding-your-own-place-within-the-oca-community/

Pointers for the next assignment

• Reflect on this feedback in your learning log.

Tutor name Cari Morton

Date 29th March 2018

 

Reflection on feedback

This was my first video feedback session and I feel I gained more from this than just a written feedback as I was able to explain my thinking on certain samples and more fully understand the context of the feedback given by Cari.

I did struggle somewhat with translating the drawings into manipulated papers, but still keeping the link to the original piece. I understand that each project moves you forward from the last but I feel it should still be cohesive, you should still be able to see a link from the original piece you are working on, no matter how thin that link becomes as you move forwards. I could have made many different paper samples but they would not have been based on my drawings, so I had to work hard to push the boundaries and find new papers and methods to develop my pieces. Overall I was pleased with the outcome.

We discussed the black thread on the white textured sample and I could see once it had been pointed out that using white thread would have been more sensitive to the original drawing, a thought that had not occurred to me at the time of making the sample. This I will take forward as more experimentation needed on sampling.

We had a good discussion about the sketchbook and learning log. I was keeping a sketchbook, a separate book for the learning log with all my notes and annotations in and all my ‘messy’ thoughts, and also writing up more extensively the learning log book onto my learning blog. I feel I have a better understanding now of the different methods of recording my progress.

I still need to build on my evaluation skills and I have printed off some of the suggested articles to read through. I will also go back and arrange my samples into paper folders to make it easier at assessment.

Reflection on tutor feedback

Reflection on feedback for ATV 1

 

I was very nervous about my first Tutor feedback. Having been out of this world for 20+ years it was very daunting sending my work off to be examined and critiqued.

However, I was very pleased when the feedback was returned. It was very positive and encouraging. It was obvious that the tutor had taken the time to look through my blog and make comments in the formative feedback. I was worried that there was a lot on my blog as I had made the decision to put all of my learning log on the blog and just keep a paper learning log for my rough notes, and that because of this it would only get a cursory glance but I am very happy that this was not the case.  I would have liked a little feedback on the essay type questions, especially the ‘how textiles can tell a narrative’ piece as I worked hard on that piece and it would have been good to know how my research and essay writing skills stand.

The overall comments were very good and confirmed that I was working along the right tracks, something that I was unsure of due to working alone with no feedback until it was all completed.  The critiques were all very helpful and detailed and mainly about needing to do more self-evaluation and to keep referring back to the assessment criteria.  I liked that comments from my blog were referenced to clarify what the tutor was saying and references were made to specific pieces of work- it wasn’t just a blanketed, generic response. My tutor gave me lots of pointers for the next assessment and I found the feedback extremely helpful and it has boosted my confidence and I feel a lot more secure moving on to part 2. I was asked to write a list of my strengths based on the feedback and also a list of areas for development which has also been extremely useful.

List of strengths based on feedback:

  • Strong drawing skills
  • Clear affinity for colour
  • Willingness to challenge myself and try different approaches
  • Conscientious approach to visual research
  • Good balance of careful studies and quicker, freer renderings
  • Used lots of different marks and lines to depict objects
  • Good start with the learning log/blog
  • Artist research was well critiqued and thoughtful and questioning
  • Selection and manipulation of collaged papers demonstrates an affinity for mixing patterns and textures
  • Good crafting skills
  • Sketchbook used well-investigative and experimental for natures larder

Areas for development based on feedback:

  • I need to be more critically self-evaluative
  • I need to evaluate my work against my own intentions of what I wanted to achieve as well as the course content
  • I need to critique my work as I go along, what I like, what I didn’t like, what I could have done
  • I need to state what I have achieved and what I am struggling with to help build confidence and demonstrate evaluative skills
  • My research on point 2 was more biographical rather than what I thought of the work so I need to include a more personal response to the work
  • I need to focus on evaluation as much as documentation on my blog

How to extend the strengths:

  • Continue trying different approaches, experiment more and try to think outside of the box
  • Don’t get hung up on ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. I feel as long as I can explain why I have done a certain piece that should be more relevant than thinking I might have done something wrong. I am coming to understand that there is not really a right or wrong way, everyone’s approach is going to be different. I just need to know why I am doing the things I am doing.
  • Look at other students work to inspire- don’t compare!
  • Understand that some of the work I create won’t turn out how I expected-learn from it and move on- try not to be such a perfectionist!

How to build on the weaker areas:

  • Read the recommended articles and books my tutor has given me to help with self-evaluation and drawing research. (I have purchased Vitamin D by Emma Dexter but The drawing book by Tania Kovats is out of my price range, I can’t find it cheaper, or an online copy and my local library doesn’t have it!)
  • Self-evaluate more. This does not highlight my weaknesses, it shows that I can step back from my work and be able to see what is going right or what is not working. It gives a basis for helping make more decisions in what directions I can take my work and how I can improve on something.
  • Same thing if I am struggling with something- say why I am struggling, what I am finding difficult? Look at how I can overcome this, is there another way or method I can use or do I just need to pass on this and move on to something else.
  • Keep going back to the project criteria to make sure I am covering what’s needed
  • Sum up my blog posts with a review of what I have achieved, how I achieved it and what else I might have done
  • Give more personal responses to artist research, not just sticking to biographical or fact giving

So, all in all very please with my first feedback. The encouragement has really boosted my confidence and made me feel much better about moving onto part 2. I shall be checking back at all my pointers to help improve my work in the next stages. Thanks Cari!