Dana Barnes / Studio

Ideas for presenting my final outcome from looking at her artwork.

Dana Banes is another artist who has influenced me greatly during my FMP. Similar to Dallinga I found her through Pinterest and then found her personal blog and website. She has created work inspired by rocks and lichen and this is the work I can connect to most and relate to.

A lot of her projects are based around texture and space. When looking at the work she did using lichen it has clear connection to the ideas that I am exploring.

I made my plinths inspired by the volcanic eruption which made the giants causeway. Through my project I have found more interest in the way that growth occurs on everything from rocks, to lampposts to trees, growths form.

From looking at her blog and her artwork you can see that she is influenced by architecture and the natural environment. I particularly like the way she displayed her art work about lichen using the rocks in the studio space and then casting elements adding real life to the pieces using growing lichen they look really effective. The colours she has used reflect the outside world which is also something I wanted to demonstrate when making my final piece.

She creates very textural compositions and you can see that she works in an experimental way from her sketching to actually creating a piece.The presentation of her work from studio to exhibition is interesting in exhibition space she has hung many of the pieces and this is giving me ideas about my presentation by adding height it adds another dimension to the viewer. It gives a better idea on scale but additionally it can make the viewer feel something. Things that are larger scale can look imposing and be quite intimidating when looking at her work on her blog these are the feelings I get. I don’t want my work to be huge and have an imposing feel but it is interesting to see.

B, Dana. Dana Barnes Studio. Available: http://www.danabarnesstudio.com/projects. Last accessed 14 May 2017.


Work Plan (dated)

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Project Action Plan and Timetable


Date Week



Activity / What you are intending to do – including independent study Resources / What you will need to do it – including access to workshops







Introduction to Unit 7 – lecture

Pre proposal preparation

Pitch preparation

Review of work to date evaluate work to date and record this on blog.


Create a Microsoft word and Power point to show pitch begin to explore artists I need access to internet. Visit library to see if there are any books that would support my artist research.





Half Term –

initial research

Preparation of pitch. Begin to look at a range of designers and artists. Make a presentation and prepare for Pitching.


The resources I will require for this week are using my laptop for the internet and creating a presentation in preparation to pitch. Collect any articles found in magazines or newspapers that relate to my work (if there is any).

Reading through the books I have taken out of the library and noting any ideas.





Pitch and write up feedback on blog. Think about exploring different artists and record this on blog.

Write proposal and record on blog.

Dan Edwards employability lecture framer record the lecture notes and put them on my blog.

Collect further research start doing observational drawings. Beginning to think about texture and surface pattern within the research I am looking at.



Resources I will be using this week are my laptop to write my blog and record artist research. I will also be using basic drawing equipment and watercolours to begin to do some observational studies. I will also be using my camera to collect any primary research relating to my project which then will be uploaded to my blog.




Submit proposal

Begin taking photographs and start drawing and designing from findings. Negotiate with tutors about taking a morning session off to take photographs due to the weather becoming nicer.

Assemble these drawings in sketchbook, begin to think about what type of sampling I want to do and what I want to achieve.

Printing with honey comb using the print room liaise with staff about help setting the printing press up.

Also try Block Press printing and other ways to achieve the print.


The resources acquired for this week will be using my camera to take photographs of my local woodland, I will be needing to go to Max Spielmann to collect images and record costings in the back of my sketchbook.

Access to printing room and press so I will need to liaise with tutors to help me set up the press. I Will need basic printing equipment such as ink, oil to dilute ink, paper, printing roll. Then put samples of printing in sketchbook record the outcomes and what I feel worked effectively.





Collect additional primary research images of woodland to add to the ones took last week.

Begin to look at colour and create weave thinking about shape and textures found in the woodland environment.

Collect yarns and materials suitable for weaving, think about using waste and scrap material.

Set up a loom from scratch creating my own warp. Liaise with technicians about the help to do this.

Put research on blog connecting to weave visit local libraries for books on weaving techniques.



This week again I will need my camera to get additional photographs of primary research. Begin to think about colour palette collect yarns and materials suitable for weaving access to the textiles studios. I will need to negotiate with textiles technicians about weaving and setting up a loom with technical help, fabrics and yarns I will need access to.

The setting up of the loom and making my warp took 2 days which was longer than expected (record this on blog). Needing access to the internet and my laptop at college.




Gather more townscape research to start developing shape and contrast work made already.

Scan in prints and development work.

Speak to technicians about materials and silks.

Sample and experiment with Melting plastics & felting record success on blog.

Jamie’s lecture record this on blog and explain the benefits of the lecture.

What I need to further sample to evaluate:

Weave, cutting into acetate to create layering

Get photographs of primary research printed and then assemble in sketchbook.

UAL standardisation conference presentation with Zahraa record in (employability) on blog.

Booked in tutorial with Jo

Booked in tutorial with Danielle

Record the feedback of tutorials on blog.


I will need access again to a camera to take any additional shots for my project. I will need to speak to textiles department for advice on materials for a 3d outcome and sample more processes.

I will be using a heat gun to melt plastic I need to collect plastic bags and disposables to melt. Consider health and safety, open windows of the empty studio space I am working in using protective gloves and a heat proof tray to prevent fires. I will be using my laptop and access to the internet to write up on blog about sampling and lectures from this week.


With Zahraa create a presentation for Friday for the standardisation conference. We will need access to both our blogs negotiate a time where we can make this together, access to PowerPoint and to the presentation room where we can practice our pitch on blogging.




Scan in prints and development work. Look at what has worked effectively and decide what I need to do more sampling of.

Mac suite has been down. My home area is not working therefore I have not been able to complete designs for laser cutting. I do have some designs for stitch work.  However, I think the weave is more effective re-evaluate this on blog.

Design for screen for festival of making.

Order yarns from ETSY and EBAY for more sampling of textile pieces also can be used for final piece.




This week I will need access to the mac suite to scan in images and use Adobe Illustrator to design shapes found from my photographs I will then be manipulating these by stitching over them and creating layers. I need to negotiate with tutors about my home area being down and the difficulty I have faced creating this work.

I will need access to a sewing machine, threads material and basic sewing equipment.

I need to give textiles department my screen designs for the festival of making and I will need access to screen printing facilities.

Access to the internet to buy extra materials I need for my project.





Go to ASC and liaise with staff about getting mdf wood cut for plinths. Take the design and measurements and get wood cut to size.

Buy matt emulsion and wall filler to fill gaps on plinths (B&Q)

Sample more 3d textile outcomes using stitch, PVA glue, yarns and threads assemble samples in sketchbook and blog.

Order felts / wool for final piece creation (World of wool)



Negotiate with tutors an afternoon session to drive over to ASC as they only open Monday – Friday in the wood workshop department. Liaise with staff there about pricing of the wood and explain what it is that I am making.


Go to B&Q buy the materials I need in order for me to make my plinths.

Access to the textiles department to experiment creating textiles 3d outcomes. Access to my blog to record the process.




Festival of making, design & make extra garments. Digitally print garment liaise with technicians about doing some more felt workshops with the felt I have purchased to get the best 3d / textured outcome.

Also finishing off samples using PVA glue and procion dye.



Access to the textile department to begin to design and make garments. Access to the over lockers and sewing machines plus digital printer and screen printing facilities.











Easter Holiday

Bournemouth – whilst on holiday go to Poole Pottery and see if there is any interesting surface designs on the ceramic collection.

Get images of Poole pottery and put on blog.

Begin to sample 3d felt-making at home record this process and put on blog.







Gather imagery of Poole pottery, I will be needing access to my camera and laptop to then upload findings to my blog.

At home I will need to be using all felting equipment to begin sampling resources I will be using are hot soapy water, net, bubble wrap yarns and felting wool.




Easter Holiday

Begin to make plinths, record all the process and upload this to my blog. Record the problems I faced when making the plinths. Take Plinths into college and begin to paint them with matt white emulsion ready for exhibition.



I will need access to my garage, I will need the support of a family member to build the bigger plinths. Resources I need are a hammer, nails, quark , hot glue gun and duct tape to assemble plinths.

I will need to take the plinths to college due to size negotiate with college to park my car on campus parking whilst taking plinths inside. Ask tutors to help me take plinths to studio.






Matt emulsion painting plinths. Making garments for festival of making. Negotiate with Danielle the best time to create garments as I need access to the textiles studios with the over locking machinery which for health and safety requires and overlooking staff member as it is an industrial machine.

Felt making trialling the best ways of doing it. Discuss with textiles technician options of ways to create 3d felt pieces that will look more interesting.



I will need access to floor space in the studio in order to paint plinths to a high quality. Using general painting equipment, paint brush, sponge, white emulsion.


For felting I need access to warm water in the studio soap, bubble wrap towel and net in order to felt.


Making garments for the festival of making using fabric I will need to do some pattern cutting so I need to negotiate with Danielle a time I can use the room. The use of the overlocking machine and general sewing equipment.





Making a set of pants for festival of making to complete outfits.

Visiting King Georges Hall Windsor suite to do a rehearsal for the fashion show on Saturday 6th of May. Discussing with models the itinerary and negotiating what they need for the day. Getting used to the layout and negotiating with models what to wear. Understanding timings.

Finishing plinths doing a top coat.

Using sketchbook to draw and plan how I want my exhibition to be presented.

Model for fad student their final garment. (One full morning session).



Again needing access to the textiles rooms in order to cut the pattern for the pants. Seeking assistance of textiles tutors on how to attach the pants as I had never made them before. Using machinery such as the bernina sewing machine and the over locker plus general sewing equipment such as pins, needles and threads.

General painting equipment for painting my plinths and drawing equipment for my plans.






Deadline FMP

Finishing of felt making attaching some of the felt pieces together using the embellishing machine. evaluate.

Setting up the fad studio moving the room around sanding and painting walls.

Begin to put wire through weave in order to create a more 3d outcome for final piece.



I will need access to the embellishing machine in order to attach some of my felt pieces. Using wire access to the woodwork room in order to put wire through my weave to make it appear more three dimensional.









Hang Exhibition (prep studio)

Setting the studio space up painting the boards, sanding and taping areas to give a high quality finish.

Beginning to hang the show being allocated a space in the studio.

Assembling the plinths looking

mainly at presentation.



Access to paint, sand paper in order to help set up show. It is a group effort so everyone has been helping out with sanding and painting.

Thinking about organising plinths using my camera to record the process of me setting up.






Hang Exhibition

Submit blog link, submission pack ( including authentication form, work plan, proposal, evaluation and biobliography)








Spring Bank Holiday






Assessment Unit 7





Assessment Unit 7





Exhibition Private View 21/6/17

Extend on my blog images of the opening night. Evaluate how work was received by audience and add to my final evaluation.









Setting up my exhibition


Setting up the show I tried many different arrangements I wasn’t happy with the first arrangement I tried as the sides of the plinths were too bare and I didn’t feel like it looked that effective. Also working and setting up in the studio was quite challenging due to other students setting up at times I didn’t feel as though I had the space to work effectively and do my piece justice. I waited at times for the studio to become quieter in order for me to work more effectively by having the space to be able to look and reflect on my work. By reflecting on my work it allowed me to see that the positioning wasn’t doing my piece justice.

I then explored with moving the plinths and creating smaller & and bigger spacing in between. After trying out different compositions I decided to place the plinths closer together like the giants causeway were each hexagon column is next to each other. I then decided with working on the left section and building it up. I put all the felt pieces in colour order I wanted to show the contrast between the colours starting from brown and blending to green. As I started building up areas of felt I took photos and stepped away from the piece to see what was working effectively. I used masking tape to attach the felt to begin with this allowed me to easy manipulate the piece and change the placement of the individual pieces. I then added the weave to the plinth and by adding wire it allowed me to easily change the shape of the piece allowing it to look more natural. I placed felt pieces over parts of the weave in order for the separate textile pieces to work in harmony together. I think this worked really effectively as the two do work together due to the carefully selected colours and shape I chose when making the pieces.

The felt pieces that I had made that where 3D I stuffed with bubble wrap and carded wool so that they hold their shape more. I then added yarns to this when I was happy with their positioning and made it look as though they were spilling out. By using brightly coloured yarns in some of the 3D pieces it allows the viewers eye to be attracted to different areas of the piece.

I then using filament wire hung my muslin piece above the tallest plinth and manipulated into looking as if it was coming out of the piece.

Once I was happy with the full piece I added felt beads to areas as decoration but also to look at though they where growing out of sections. Some of the larger felt beads I stitched to felt pieces to lee them in place. Others I used velcro in order to keep the beads in place but also make it discrete to give a high finish for the exhibition.

After much manipulation and experimentation with composition I am really happy with the final outcome. Seeing it in the exhibition space gives the piece the space it needs to be understood and looked at. If there was more time I still feel that the piece has a lot of potential to be explored in different environments , I feel although my project is coming to an end it still has potential and over summer I plan to try out the ideas I have.

Final Touches to Final Piece

Embellishing Muslin

Using muslin as part of my final piece , I decided to buy a meter of muslin from college for £2 it’s fine fabric and therefore perfect for embellishing. I decided in my final piece when designing the set up that it would look more interesting to have a hanging element to give the viewer the idea of my felt / weave piece starting from the floor and growing upwards. This would add height and create another dimension to the piece.

With the muslin being a fine fabric it allowed me to distress the material quite easily so I burnt some of the fabric and ripped it in places as well. I did this because then it could become a growth in its own right I didn’t want it to just look like a meter of fabric hung above my piece. To the piece I embellished carded wool of the colours used in my piece again with areas of brighter colour. I then attached felt beads which I made to the piece. This is so it connects with my final piece visually. But also because the felt beads add a 3D texture to the fabric making it look like there is areas of growing form coming out of it. Although the images are shown on a mannequin this piece will be hung above my plinths , this was to show development of the piece and how it could potentially be used. The mannequin also allows you to see how and where the piece has been embellished.

To hang the muslin I used filament wire this is so the viewer will not be able to see this creating more drama to the piece.

Overall I am really happy with the way the muslin worked. I chose to buy the cream muslin over the white muslin as I felt it fit more with the colours within my piece.

Before hanging in my exhibition I thought that the piece could be used as a garment I explored this idea on the mannequin to experiment with this. I think it looked really effective my wrapping it and draping it around the mannequin it added layers. I used pins to create folds and rippled areas. I think this looked really effective. However I didn’t want to create a fashion outcome this could be something I come back to in the future. I still think there is still potential within some of the elements to my final piece.

Upscaling felt for final piece

For my final piece I am using felt as my main material which I have bought online from World of Wool. I have bought different amounts of the different colours my main colour is a cream for the base layer I have 800g of this colour I have bought a 100g of shades of greens , browns and greys. I have also bought yarns and Saari silk from etsy and ebay. All my receipts are in the back of my sketchbook.

I am making my own felt pieces that I will construct from mohair wool fiber and will assemble them over the plinths to make them appear as if they are growing. I have been mainly inspired to make this piece by my interest in the natural world and how the natural world grows all around us without us really noticing.

I have been inspired by Antony Gormley after reading the book LAND his figures each day are ever changing due to weathering, erosion, the sea etc. I am fascinated by the way our natural world attacks what we put out there. I am interested in moss and lichen and the ever changing woodlands and this is mainly what my piece will be about. I have sampled some small 3d felt pieces and some flat pieces they will be attached to larger pieces and I will build layers in order to create the look I am desiring. However, in order to complete this look I need to go bigger and work bigger. Felt when making it naturally shrinks it is a quite unpredictable material to work with and you can never guarantee  the size it will be after wet felting.

The process

Making felt is time consuming firstly you use hot soapy water this is so the felt fibres attach together it makes the bonds strong. You need bubble wrap a woven cloth and towel. I start by selecting the colours used for the chosen piece I have used a lot of materials to mould around such as bottles, cups bowls to create shape. I have been working on my felt pieces for 2 weeks. I start by laying the fibers down over the shape and then adding yarns and materials to add additional colour and texture. Then adding soapy water and then you start by rubbing the felt using the cloth once it begins to mould you then roll and apply harder pressure to the felt so it “felts up”. Each piece roughly takes between 15-20 minutes.

Adding to the process

I plan to manipulate the felt after using the embellishing machine to add fibers and yarns to the felt. Also I plan to gather some of the felt adding pleats and folds. At the beginning of the project I looked at Issy Miyake the designer uses pleates and folds and you can see the correlation in the garments and the natural world. By adding pleats and folds to some of my felt pieces it will add more texture a better surface quality and give the effect of underneath a mushroom / tree bark.

What problems have I faced?

When making the felt it can be really tiring as you have to use a lot of pressure and rubbing of the felt to make it work. Additionally, some of the pieces have not held in position of a 3d form this is because I did not felt it correctly by molding it round the shape at the beginning. To rectify this, I have added starch by making a starch solution with my technician using a powder and adding water by putting the felt piece back around the shape it was meant to be and wetting with the solution. The starch has made the felt solid so that it stays in shape and holds and looks really effective.

Weave for final piece


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My deadline is quickly approaching I am now thinking about my final piece and beginning to create this after lots of experimenting I have decided the two main processes I am going to use are 3d and 2d felting and creating a new weave. I have already got a small weave I made on the loom from earlier in the project I plan to put wire into areas of the weave to give a more 3d feel. Due to the size of my plinths I want to create a larger weave using the looms that I will be able to use to drape around the plinths to make it appear as if it is growing. To begin to create my new weave I have negotiated with my textiles technician on Tuesday morning to help set up the loom and create the warp. I know from my first weave that a loom takes a full day and a half to set up so I will definitely be weaving by Thursday.

In this weave design I want to focus more on using yarns and looking at colour I want to add areas of bright colour to reflect the small areas of bright colours found in nature that are amongst darker tertiary colours. My felt pieces will be mainly greens and browns with areas of bright colour and I think this will look effective to have the two together. Going back to my research I found that bright colours are in nature but you have to isolate them to really notice them. Therefore, I don’t want to use too much vibrancy as this wouldn’t be realistic and wouldn’t reflect my findings.

Setting up the loom meant I had to measure the length I wanted my warp to be to cover the plinths this worked out at roughly over a meter. I used the weaving mill to create my warp and then starting pulling it through the loom and setting up. Each piece of the warp has to be individually threaded and this is why it is so time consuming but I knew it would worth it to achieve the look I am aiming for. I also like the idea of my weave being less tightly packed so in this weave I didn’t beat the yarns down as hard leaving spacing to create transparency and more texture.

Finally, to finish my weave off I have tied the ends. I plan to put wire through the weave once all my felt pieces have been created and assemble over my plinths. Using wire will add more structure and make it appear more like growth.

James (a fad student) has kindly taken images for me I negotiated with him to make some time to help me get a good image for our show catalogue. I am really happy with my final image and I think it will link to my final piece really well.

Final Plinths

Final wood hexagons

After making a model of a hexagon plinth using cardboard I have decided to create my plinths out of MDF wood I have spoken to Jamie Holman and Bill our wood work technician and he suggested that MDF would be the cheapest and give me the quality that I was desiring.

I went to a local firm in Chorley called ASC negotiate a price on MDF wood I went with stencils of the sizes I would need cutting. They then cut the pieces of my plinths. Over the Easter Holidays I begun to construct them at home.

Unfortunately, they did not have the machinery to miter the edges on wood so that the side walls would fit perfectly together. So I had to come up with a solution in order to fit the sides together. Due to the sizes of the plinths some plinths were more difficult than others to make.

I started with the smallest one. I used a hot glue gun to attach some of the sides together. This worked however due to the weight of the wood on the larger plinths the glue would not hold long enough for me to nail the edges together. I wanted to work as professionally and neatly as possible I didn’t want them to look unfinished or unsuitable for my show.  I am really conscious about presentation and for my final show I wanted them to be as good as I could possibly make the. After buying the wood I started to panic and thought that they would never look good enough. After lots of thinking to help build the walls of the plinths on the inside I began to attach duct tape this held the walls together long enough for me to put the nails in. Even then there was still gaps between each piece due to the edges not lining up. To fix this problem I used quark I applied the quark to the edges and built it up in layers using water and my finger to smooth the quark. This worked really well and gave me really neat edges. Once all plinths where built I took them into college in the Easter Holidays. I then bought white matt emulsion from B&Q and began to paint them after 3 layers of paint they looked great and I am really pleased with them. I think the variation in their size is really effective and my felt work will look good growing over them.