I have taken on another new exciting project, I’ve gone back to university part time to study for a Textiles degree. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time but I could never find the right time, the right course, or the money to do it to be honest. I’ve opted for a distance learning course that will fit in around my printing business as I really didn’t want to put that to one side whilst I studied. Also I wasn’t sure how much benefit I’d get from a taught BA in comparison with the distance course. I think I’m organised and disciplined enough to study in this way but having the feedback of a tutor is very important and so I’ll see how the course develops over the coming months.

On a recent trip down to Farnham me and my husband visited the University for the Creative Arts (UCA), this sparked another interested in the Open College of the Arts (OCA) which works in partnership with the UCA. I’ve known about the OCA for years and have thought about studying with them before, now seems like the right time, although I must admit, having since been accepted on the AA2A program, my week is looking even busier.

Some people I meet assume that I’ve already studied textiles, although I’m always honest about the fact I’m self taught. I think university study is like a lot of things, there are good things and bad things about it. Being self taught is exactly the same, it gives you good skills which can be really helpful when running your business but it also leaves some holes in your knowledge and going back to university will hopefully fill in some of those holes.


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