Wednesday, 25 May 2011

C is for....Courses

I've just enrolled on a textiles degree course! I am so excited I could crush a grape! (ooh, that dates me a bit).

Two things prompted me to finally do this. The first is down to Vicky and her sketching project. I'm enjoying it so much it is really getting rid of some of my "drawing demons" and giving me back some confidence with pen and paper. Secondly, I recently joined the new "Shed" Textile Club at the Creative Recycling Gallery in Chorlton (below) and meeting lots of like-minded textile-y people made me realise how much I've missed working with textiles outside of pure knitting.

My first degree is in Classics (visions of being Lara Croft I think - yes, you can stop laughing now!) and, though I've done many courses in textiles I never got as far as a formal degree. What with family, work etc., taking another three years out to do a second degree seemed somewhat selfish so I parked the idea. But, the more I teach the more I find I want to teach and the more I want to learn, so I've finally taken the plunge and enrolled on a part-time degree course with the OCA. I'm a bit nervous but really excited at the same time.

I'll be keeping a learning log online, but I don't want to bore everyone witless with my daily doodlings, so I'm going to see whether I can keep it here on a separate page or whether I'll need a new blog. Either way, if you're interested in following how it goes, I'll let you know when I get things up and running. And if anyone out there is doing, or has done, an OCA degree (or a textiles degree generally), do let me know - it would be great to share experiences and progress!

At this point it would seem rude not to give a big thank you to Vicky and to Pam, Christine and all the ladies at the Textile Club so thank you!


GirlAnachronismE said...

Congratulations for making the step! It's always great to get back into something you enjoy and do a degree in it. I'll be watching out for how it goes for you!

Peppermint Mocha Mama said...

Oh that's wonderful! Best of luck to you!!

Debbie said...

Thanks so much! Just had an email to say my stuff is coming by courier tomorrow - super-excited!

Crobbles said...

I'm so jealous!!!! I will do something like this when P is a bit older.
I can't wait to see what you get up to :-)

Tracey Todhunter said...

That is fantastic news, and so exciting. I hope you enjoy every moment.
Tracey x

Christine said...

Fabulous! I'd love to see what you're up to as you progress through the course.All the best

Julie said...

That's wonderful. I would be just as excited. It's a big thing to take on and I'd really love to see the wonderful things you will do for it.

Debbie said...

Thank you! Found some more old fabric sample books at the back of a wardrobe yesterday so building a nice stash of materials to work with - yeay for hoarding!

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