I had my formative feed back from my Tutor a few days ago. I was very nervous as my last review wasn’t as positive as I wanted it to be. After reflecting on my tutors comments in part one and almost having the words ‘not completely engaged with this assignment’ engraved on my forehead, I took my tutors advice to read my brief carefully. In part two I have seem to have had a breakthrough. The words of my tutor kept resonating in my mind. In this part of the course it is very important to take risks and experiment as I am still finding my voice. I am free to experiment and ask questions as this will help me develop new ideas and my critical thinking as a textiles practitioner. So I worked very hard and experimented with my ideas taking them as far as I could, sampling different methods and media. This paid off as I got a much more positive review from my tutor.

Looking back to part one of ideas and processes I realised I was lacking confidence in my abilities. Part two has challenged my thought processes and has helped me develop my thinking skills. I am ecstatic that this time my Tutors comments are that I have demonstrated my full engagement with the course.

With my research, one of the things that came up in conversation is that it might be a good idea to group artist for different reasons (common denominators). I should also try and talk more about my thoughts, about my reactions, what the artist is trying to achieve and my general thoughts about what I think about the artist work (if I like it or not and why?). Critiquing other practitioners and stealing from them so that then it can inspire me – this will help me find my own voice and new techniques while building on my contextual awareness.

Another very important point that came out of my Skype call with my tutor is for me to do more drawings. Drawing my work will help me analyse my work, I should do the same with the work of others. I need to remember to draw my ideas (a continuous struggle for me). I am usually impulsive with my ideas: I immediately act upon them, instead of drawing them and from my drawings develop my ideas to show my thinking process.

And so the fun begins! Part three here I come!