Reflection on Formative Feedback for Textiles 1: A Textiles Vocabulary: Assignment 1

My Tutor, Cari, sent my feedback through quickly, which was appreciated, as I had sort of been dreading it. Overall, I was relieved and delighted with my Tutor’s encouraging and useful comments and suggestions, which will help to direct my future study.


I was pleased to find that I have been on the right track for some aspects, such as:- exploration of drawing techniques; the variety of media tried; and experimentation with different approaches to composing and arranging my still life. This came directly from my research into contemporary drawing practice, so, as Cari suggested, I will continue to look at a range of other artists’ work in this area. My learning log was not overly descriptive, but contained a good balance of process, analysis and evaluation.

Needs Work

[I have edited this section, to include examples of my implementations of tutor recommendations in square brackets after the suggestions.]

Cari suggested that:-

  • I increase the variety of marks made within each picture, by varying the pressure of the tool, how it touches the surface, the type of contact, speed and type of movement used, especially in my use of traditional media. [I have now started to experiment with this in drawings such as these: Rag Rug Drawing and Quilt Drawing].
  • To experiment with different media that could be associated with an object (examples such as using varnish to represent the knife blade, or wax for the melon) [I have taken this comment on board with drawings such as these: Mown Grass Drawing and Mud Rag Rug Drawing].
  • I should not write on the front of my drawings, but record any necessary information on the reverse. [Noted and implemented with writing only on reverse of drawings].

To Do

  • Continue to investigate and respond to the question “What is drawing?” through artist research. [Drawing Research; Further Drawing Research].
  • Read “The Drawing Book” by Tania Kovats and “Vitamin D” by Emma Dexter. [Both books now purchased and explored! Observations on Drawing including artists from the recommended books].
  • Explore the OCA Pinterest Site and Cari’s board on drawing. [Ongoing].
  • Continue to think laterally to develop interesting themes to work from.
  • Be as varied and experimental as possible in my approach to the course, in gathering visual research and challenging the use of traditional media. [See Slug Drawing, and Seed Drawing, for examples].
  • Explore more line and mark making. [See Digital Flower Drawing, Rag Rug Detail Drawing, Pullover Detail Drawing, Pullover Line Drawing].
  • Continue to reflect critically and analytically. [Ongoing].

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