Category Archives: Tutor reports

Assignment 5 – tutor reports and comments

1 August 2016

Textiles 1: Exploring ideas, Assignment 5: Personal project

Tutor report:

My tutor Report for Assignment 5: Personal project can be found by clicking on the link, which will direct you to a .pdf document located in Dropbox.


My response:

I worked hard to demonstrate progression of my ideas through sketchbook and sampling to finished piece, so I’m glad that my tutor recognised this in my submission. Once again, she also commented on my developing creative voice, which I am delighted is apparent within my work.

The main learning point from my final assignment is not to be frightened about working intuitively. My tutor recognised it as having the advantage of making sure my piece was not too tight or fixed in expectations. Although I naturally tend to find uncertainty unsettling, I need learn to be more relaxed and see the strengths and benefits of a flexible, intuitive approach.

My tutor correctly identified the importance of sketchbooks to me as part of the creative process and suggested that I draw regularly. She also highlighted some particularly effective stitched samples within the sketchbook which have possibilities for further development using different materials and layering.

There was a suggestion that I should present my samples in a presentation box for assessment. I am in the process of making a presentation frame/box for this purpose.



Assignment 4 – tutor reports and comments

30 June 2016

Textiles 1: Exploring ideas, Assignment 4: Contextual studies

Tutor report:

My tutor Report for Assignment 4: contextual studies can be found by clicking on the link, which will direct you to a .pdf document located in Dropbox.

My response:

I feel comfortable with researching, analysing and summarising information, so I was pleased that my tutor recognised my submission as an “excellent body of considered research materials”. Most gratifying, were her comments regarding expression of my personal voice through reflection and opinion, and recognition of the connections I’d made to my own practice.

One of the pointers she gave me for my final assignment was to keep my project work tight and focused. I am aware that I have the tendency to get carried away with sample making, and make perhaps too many. This can lead me to a “conundrum” as to which to develop, with many promising lines of enquiry and too little time to engage them all. Maybe a different division of time is needed, with less sampling and more time allocated to developing an idea? (At present I give roughly 50% to each) 

My tutor has also picked up on my lack of confidence, and told me to “have faith in my own discernment and selection”. Confidence is an area I need to work on. Sometimes I have a tendency to be afraid of producing a poor visual outcome, and I certainly do not want this to inhibit me from taking risks.

The final point I would like to discuss is the suggestion that I might like to “play with scale”. I am particularly interested in area scale and, this being a line of enquiry which I have touched on in my sampling for Assignment 3, and which I would like to develop further.


Assignment 3 – tutor reports and comments

25 May 2016

Textiles 1: Exploring ideas, Assignment 3: Reveal and conceal

Tutor report:

My tutor report For Assignment 3 – Reveal and conceal can be found by clicking on the link which will direct you to a .pdf document located in Dropbox.

My response:

I used this assignment to explore alternative materials and made a conscious effort to be bold and experimental. It is very gratifying  that my tutor has been so complimentary. Whilst I want to continue in the same vein, I am also aware that I need to push myself to improve. 

One excellent suggestion from my tutor, was that I could have considered distorting my samples through twisting, bunching, scrunching and stretching. I can imagine that this would produce some very interesting results and it is definitely a technique I will use in future. 

As my tutor mentions, my work will be enriched further by reference to other artists’ practice. I am beginning to appreciate the merits of this approach as I work through assignment 4 (contextual studies). 

I believe that there is scope for further improvement in my sketchbooks. At the moment they consist mostly of photographs, drawings and mark-making analogies. I feel that if I can combine more fabric/yarn samples (and maybe small worked swatches) then this will help to stimulate my creativity still further, and will also aid the selection process.

Although the materials-led approach gives great freedom, my inclination is that sketchbook work is probably a better stimulus for my creativity. It is good to know that the two needn’t be mutually exclusive, and in future I may choose to use them in tandem.

Assignment 2 – Tutor report and comments

22 February 2016

Textiles 1: Exploring ideas, Assignment 2: Screen printing


Tutor report:

My tutor report for Assignment 2 – Screen printing can be found by clicking on the link, which will direct you to a .pdf document located in Dropbox.  

My response:

I am delighted that my tutor has found so much to praise, and particularly (having spoken to her), that she feels I am improving.

The most important learning points for me are:

  1. Early in the assignment I decided that my final piece would be a complex, multi-layer design. However, reading my tutor’s comments, I can see that this probably caused me to overlook simpler designs which may have been more effective. The learning point is therefore not to allow fixed preconceptions to influence my sample choice.
  2. In general, to become more effective at selecting the best samples for development and progression. This is an area which I find difficult.

Assignment 1 – Tutor report and comments

8 December 2015

Textiles 1: Exploring ideas, Assignment 1: Cultural fusions


Tutor report:

Even after converted to MS Word, formatting prevented me cutting and pasting the report directly into my WordPress blog. Therefore, my tutor report for Assignment 1 – Cultural fusions  can be found by clicking on the link, which will direct you to a .pdf document located in Dropbox.  

My response:

I could not have been happier with the positive and encouraging comments from my tutor. I had put a lot of effort into realigning my design work to what I believed was required. I feel that all my hard work and effort is starting to pay off and I am delighted.

The most important learning points for me are:

  1. To narrow my lines of enquiry earlier, so that I can really focus and push ideas further.
  2. The fabric manipulation sample was the only one where I allowed myself to slip back into “neatness and precision”. My tutor was right to suggest that I could have considered extending the sample and making it more meaningful through some type of disintegration or distressing. I must continue to guard against being neat and tidy at the expense of expression and creativity.
  3. My tutor’s suggestion of tying in the Native American ethos of respect for the environment with ethical sourcing, recycling or up cycling is very relevant and I agree that it could have enhanced and strengthened my practical work.
  4. I understand that storyboards are to be focused on inspirational imagery, samples and design work, and that they should be “mood orientated” rather than presenting a series of processes leading to an outcome. 
  5. I have taken on board my tutor’s suggestion to include a bibliography in my learning log. I have found it useful as a summary for my referencing and it has also served as an aide memoire to ensure there are no omissions.

Please also see blog post Interpreting creativity