Liverpool, England

I’ve been studying with the Open College of the Arts for over 10 years now.

When I left school in 1975 unless you where academically minded you weren’t encouraged to stay on at school or even try to go to university so now that OCA have had their Textiles Degree validated I am officially a part time undergraduate.

I need to study the following modules to gain a BA Hons in Textiles.

Textiles 1: A Creative Approach Passed 2007 76% – no longer available replaced with Textiles 1: A Textile Vocabulary  and Textiles 1: Mixed Media

Textiles 1: Exploring Ideas Passed November 2012 57%

Art History 1: Western Art Passed March 2014 65%

Textiles 2: Developing Creative Textiles Passed November 2015 48%

Textiles 2: Contemporary Practice

Textiles 3: Research

Textiles 3: Personal Specialism

Textiles 3: Sustaining Your Practice

My Mum was a tailoress before she married and taught me all that she knew.  I have her to thank for my love of sewing.  I started to make my own clothes when I was about 10 so when I went to secondary school I was way ahead of the rest of the sewing class and found it boring especially when we spent a whole term making a top.

I hope you will join me on my journey.


5 responses to “About

  1. Hello Susan,
    Have just found your blog, and delighted to find that you live near me. Up to now I did not anyone that was on the same course as me. I started Textiles 1 – A Creative Approach in February and am just about to send in Assignment 2. Thought maybe that we could keep in touch, Judith PS I live on the Wirral.

  2. Susan,
    Have just started to set up my own blog for Textiles 1 after having my arm twisted. My guess is that you have studied setting up your own blog site rather than a ‘free-be’ as the mouse over strokes don’t appear to be available in my settings – nor some of the other features you use. The headings, sub headings andsub/sub headings are extensive. I would like to be able use a similar structure in my blog but am obviously not yet knowledgable enough.
    Any thoughts please.

    • It was by trial and error that I got this blog looking the way it is and it is a ‘free-be’. If you go to your dashboard you can add pages (heading) then pages to that (sub headings) and so on. I have a blog that is private so that I can mess with it and if it goes wrong my OCA blog isn’t ruined. Have you tried looking at the help pages I found them very useful and that’s where I learnt how to customize my blog.

  3. Hi Susan

    I too have found trial and error essential when it comes to setting up a blog. Some of the actions are quite laborious and not very intuitive so you have to keep plugging away until it starts to make sense. It does get a bit frustrating sometimes; I work full time so am frequently trying to ‘beat the clock’ to get things done :o( But what you’re doing is very interesting so keep up the good work!


  4. Hello Susan,

    Thank you for sharing with us your beautiful blog. It has been given me a great sense of inspiration. I am thinking about enrolling in the Textile 1 course. Would you recommend one enrolling the Drawing 1 course before doing the Textile 1 course? Is it crazy to do the 2 courses together?

    Thank you in advance.


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