19 January 2011

OCA Exploring Ideas

Christine left a comment on my last post

Hello Susan
I was interested in your comments about the OCA Exploring Ideas module as I was thinking of doing it myself. What do you think of it? Have you managed to get started after having such a terrible year? Best of luck with it, anyway. 

but I couldn't reply directly so I hope you read this.

I've felt more like studying over the past few weeks so I've finally made a start on Part One of Exploring Ideas and so far I'm enjoying it.  This first part doesn't have to be sent for assessment but is more to introduce yourself to your tutor and give them the chance to get to know your work. 

Project Interpreting cultural sources - in this project, you'll be researching a textile design from a particular culture.

I've chosen Africa as it is such a large continent there is bound to be something that catches my eye.  I've done most of the design part, just got to do samples now.  I'll have to get started because I'm supposed to send it to my tutor at the end of this month.

I'm looking forward to Part Two 'Screen Printing'.  I've not tried this before so it should be interesting.

When I update my OCA blog I'll put a post on here for anyone that wants to have a look at what I'm doing.

01 January 2011


I've been reflecting on what I achieved last year in the way of creativity.  I didn't think that I'd got a lot done but now I look back I've done a lot more than I thought.

  • half of Module 4, along with Module 5 and 6 to complete Level 3 Certificate in Design and Craft - Stitched Textiles (Embroidery).
  • Assignments 2, 3, 4 and 5 of OCA The Art of Photography.  I'm just waiting to get my last assignment back so I can send it for assessment next month.
Click on the links in the side bar if you want to see what I did.

I've not done a lot of work on my 1st assignment for Textiles 1: Exploring Ideas because I've been unwell, but hopefully once I get my health problems sorted in the next few months I will regain my energy and enthusiasm to continue studying.

I took this photo last year on my phone camera.  I was going to delete it from my computer but on reflection even though it wasn't what I wanted it could be used as a base for possible designs????

It's of the christmas lights down at Liverpool One.