OCA Textiles 3: Research Assignment Three- Response to Formative Tutor Feedback

Morris (2020) Ink Jet Printing-Sampling using white cotton muslin with multiple layers of collage work, photographic imagery and artwork centred around themes of environmental fragility.

The tutor feedback received for assignment three was extremely useful as it caused me to stop and think, to reflect upon what I want to achieve from this  research, to help me increasingly focus upon the core elements of the research process. As with the personal specialism proposal I initially tried to do too much and more recently I have had to pull myself back from diluting the overall result through overgeneralisation. In trying to have an all-inclusive title it failed to fully encapsulate what the research process is all about and on reflection I can acknowledge that the original title was not in line with the research so it had to be reconsidered.   Since I have already veered towards being increasingly in relationship with materials and making, of naturally gravitating towards a more in-depth critical analysis of my own relationship with materials and making within the context of environmental fragility I feel that the research process should clearly emulate this within the wider society.

I am therefore appreciative of this opportunity for reflection and for the option to adjust accordingly my critical review to more accurately highlight the foundation of my research process. As stated in my critical review the core aims and objectives were already outlined as… It is hoped that this critical literature review will generate supporting evidence for a more environmentally sound relationship and joined up ways of working with the making of materials and their use and reuse, to highlight further the need to utilise raw resources, to generate production processes and systems of reuse to minimise waste and to promote sustainability. That said the working title has now been changed to How can innovation in making and materials support a more environmentally sound relationship with textiles and their future reuse? As suggested by my tutor given the importance of materials, making and reuse.

Open College of the Arts

Textiles 3: Research- Assignment 4

Critical Review

Gillian Morris

Student No 511388

Working Title:

How can innovation in making and materials support a more environmentally sound relationship with textiles and their future reuse?

The tutor feedback concerning my research to date for the critical review has been helpful and enabled further structuring of ideas with the use of research outcomes including the linking of the introduction with the conclusion. I recognise there is more work to be undertaken with the introduction which needs to be increasingly clear about what is being investigated from the outset of the final critical review. I aim to set up the questions being investigated within the introduction within a clearer format and to use connected and inter-related headings throughout the critical review.

As advised by my tutor I plan to focus on a few materials and associated case studies as well as my own work which I am most interested in and is most relevant to the topic under investigation. While I have spent some time fully referencing all my sources I will endeavour to frame my bibliography in a way that best aids access and understanding for others.

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