Nina's Textile Trail 2

– Textiles 1: Mixed Media for Textiles

Formative Feedback – Assignment 2


On Thursday 14th April, I had video feedback from my tutor, Rebecca Fairley, which was an enjoyable and positive experience, followed up by a summary of the conversation in writing.

We agreed that compiling a hard copy workbook and then blogging about it has worked for me.   She felt that the workbook was a good balance, professional but also creative and attractive but there was a distinction between the workbook which was more annotation and the online learning log which contained deeper reflection.   We agreed it could be less formal in its writing and that jottings, notes and bullet points which are expanded  upon in the online learning log would suffice but it was important to ensure that all research and critical thinking is included  in the online version which will be regarded as my learning log at Assessment.

The samples showed my willingness to be experimental especially attempting to use wax crayon and beeswax to fill holes from which I had learned.  There was a nice balance between craftsmanship and care in making and a tension between working within my comfort zone with materials I like and trying to push myself.

Research has paid off in the quality of my work.

There is a consideration to colour evident in joining where the restricted palette works well but even using bright colour I have responded to research.  Restrictive colour is a cohesive way of working.   My photographs show good compositional skills. I should follow ‘gut’ feelings of success or concern.

To connect with my feelings a bit more, write them down.  Having a good eye and understanding how things look is innate.   Its good to recognise and comment if you have that eye and understand composition and balance.  She commented on the sensitive use of materials in joining and could see that I understood the aesthetic of combining certain materials.

As I had observed, Rachel commented that I haven’t drawn enough.  I should draw an interesting sample as soon as I’ve finished it using blind continuous line drawing.   A You Tube clip was recommended to help with this.  Drawings should take between 5 seconds and two minutes.  Rebecca is not interested in my drawing but in my looking .  Blind continuous line drawing demonstrates that you’re looking carefully and is often very expressive.  Use variety of materials, pencil, charcoal, crayon and ink, even scissors, to cut out a version of what I’m looking at .  Do crazy things like pencil on stick, finger in sand or shaving foam and take a picture of it.  Have fun, loosen up and get away from pencil.  My drawings are fine but do 5 -10 more of my samples for Assignment 2 and add the drawings from workbook to blog if they’re not there already .

Make sure there’s progression in next assignment lots of sample drawing and say what I have learnt from the sample while I was drawing.  Using blind continuous line drawing to look closely at samples, say what’s learnt, eg. shape, pattern, colour, placement, composition.

USE drawing as a tool to do close study work of samples.

My research is good and broad minded,  I had looked at the recommended artists and found others.  Continue to talk about what’s valuable and important to me as I did with Ed Rossbach and Judith Scott, relating observations to my own work.

Learning log shows good, honest reflection which I should continue to build on, developing ways of saying things, bringing in how I feel.  I was reminded to use metaphors and recommended to look at an academic book, Visualising Research.

I need to add reflection on the Ted Talks recommended by Rebecca in my previous feedback to Assignment 2 which were viewed at the time but not noted in my learning log.

Formative Feedback summary sheet 


Student name Nina O’Conner Student number 513049
Course/Unit Textiles 1: Mixed Media for Textiles Assignment number Two
Type of tutorial Video    


Feedback on assignment

Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Quality of Outcome, Demonstration of Creativity

This is a well-organised body of work demonstrating a professional and mature attitude to your studies. This is a summary of the video call we had this morning.

  • There is consideration to colour, texture and composition in your sampling. With a more restrained colour palette in your joining samples that works well. There is more freedom in colour with the wrapped samples that picks up the research material you have examined.
  • In the work there is evidence of risk taking, in particular with the samples using crayons and bees wax to fill holes and several items of your wrapped work.
  • The workbook is carefully organised and a pleasure to look at. As your online learning log develops keep the writing in your workbook to annotation and notes that you can discuss in depth on your blog.



Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Demonstration of Creativity

This assignment requires a bit more drawing of your samples as we discussed. Try to draw each interesting sample after you have made it as a way of learning about its properties. You do not need to make a complete study, pick an area or characteristic to observe. I suggest you start with blind continuous line drawing in a wide range of media. Add images of your drawings to your Learning Log and reflect on what you have learnt by closely observing the objects.


Blind continuous line drawing



Context, reflective thinking, critical thinking, analysis

For this assignment you have found some interesting a relevant research material that demonstrates your broadminded approach. There is evidence that you are able to take what is important to you when looking at someone else’s work and translate this into your own creativity.


Learning Log

Context, reflective thinking, critical thinking, analysis

Your Learning Log is written articulately and with honesty. There is evidence you posses self-awareness and are able to recognise when you need to push yourself. I suggest you add your reflective thinking of the TED talks I recommended in my last feedback.


Suggested reading/viewing


Visualizing Research: A guide to the research process in art and design. Carol Gray and Julian Malins published by Ashgate.


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 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.  


Pointers for the next assignment

  • Reflect on this feedback in your learning log
  • Continue to take risks and be playful in your creativity
  • Draw your samples more regularly
  • Continue to be broadminded in your research investigation
  • Maintain the development of your language when discussing your own work and the work of others


Please inform me of how you would like your feedback for the next assignment.   Written or video/audio


Well done Nina, I look forward to your next assignment.


Tutor name Rebecca Fairley
Date 14th April 2016
Next assignment due 13th June 2016

My Reflection:


Video feedback suits me better than a full written report which I might misinterpret or fret over.  On submitting this assignment, I felt I had raised my game, having put into practice what I thought was expected of me and was delighted with the comment that it was “a well-organised body of work demonstrating a professional and mature attitude to your studies”.

The confirmation that there is consideration to colour, texture and composition in my sampling is pleasing, and whilst I have always felt an affinity with colour, it was good to have demonstrated an eye for it here.   As previously mentioned, focusing on a paper compilation of my learning log really helped me to approach the choice of materials and overall presentation in a more discerning way and with more consideration for the detail. I felt that the aesthetic success of careful thought and sensitivity to colour, texture and composition inspired greater creativity.


Drawing has been my nemesis and I was aware that there needed to be more in this assignment. However, I do feel there has been a definite shift.  My attitude to drawing changed during the assignment and by the deadline, the lack of drawing was more to do with poor time management than fear, which is a step in the right direction.  I can see that close observation through drawing is a valuable means of studying a sample in detail and have moved away from the feeling/thought that my drawing needs to be a comprehensive rendition of the the object having taken an hour or more to complete!  I think I have developed a more confident and comfortable mindset to make drawing my focus throughout this assignment.

I will photograph and add the drawings already completed to my online log and draw a further 5-10 samples trying to restrict each sketch to less than 2 minutes as suggested in my video feedback.  A tough call which might be helped by thinking of drawing as a form of note taking.  I will reflect on the blind continuous line drawing youtube clip recommended.


During this assignment, I felt I had gained a more practical understanding of the relevance and benefits of pertinent research am pleased to have demonstrated evidence that I am able to take what is important when looking at someone else’s work and translate this into my own creativity. (Rebecca Fairley).

Learning Log

The positive comments on my learning log are welcome and I will add the reflective thinking of the TED talks recommended in the last feed back.

Suggested reading/viewing

Visualizing Research: a guide to the research process in art and design. Carole Gray and Julian Malins published by Ashgate was recommended  but that as it is aimed at Level 3 students, I need not buy it but look for excerpts on online.  It is available at the local UCA library so I will borrow it, (see if I can make sense of it!) and reflect accordingly.

Pointers for the next assignment

Glad that these are similar to the areas I had identified for development during the next assignment I will endeavour to draw more regularly, continue to take risks, be playful in my creativity, broadminded in in my research and continue to develop reflective language.

I would like video/audio feedback for my next assignment.

With thanks to my Tutor for the positive and helpful feedback and my peers for their support, I’m looking forward to moulding and casting.








4 thoughts on “Formative Feedback – Assignment 2

  1. A very coherent summary and great feedback on your work, you must be pleased. I think your eye for colour and composition is definitely evident throughout, even where you’re at your most experimental.

  2. Thanks for your lovely comments and support Julie, I am pleased that I have found a way forward that works for me, lets hope it continues. Good luck with MMT.

  3. Oh well done. This is extensive feedback – your work is clearly sharing your dedication and passion to your tutor in order to have received such comprehensive, useful and positive feedback. Thank you for sharing this.

  4. Thanks Lottie, your encouragement and support is much appreciated. Have fun moulding and casting!

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