Unofficial Research

This is my Pinterest blog that I have collected research on throughout the entirety of my final major project. Some of the research has lead me t artists websites and pages if I have used them as a research source I have recorded them in my bibliography. But I use interest mainly as a tool to get a wide search and variety of different art work that relates to my ideas.

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Below is a few screenshots of artworks I have pinned over my project.


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: Last accessed 14 May 2017.

Majolein Dallinga Bloomfelt (secondary research) Inspiration for final outcome

When creating my final piece, I wanted to explore more artist that work with a textiles medium. As I was looking at felt making and weaving I came across Majolein Dallinga on pinterest. I then began to look a little deeper and found her website which shares images of all her current work. You can see from her imagery and her pieces that they are inspired by the natural world that surrounds us. What I like most about her work is that she includes her pieces back in the nature that she took the inspiration from. She has photographed them really well in what you would imagine to be their natural environment.

If I had more time on my project this is something I would have liked to explore, I think it would be interesting to take my felt pieces into the local woodland and capture them amongst other growths. Due to the time frame this would not be possible but it is potential for the future.

I like Dallingas outlook on her medium this quote is taken from her website

“Felting is an ancient technique which allows unlimited freedom in the creative process which demanding very limited mechanical intervention such as weaving in a loom.”

Which I completely agree with from using both processes in my final outcome you definitely have more freedom with felting as it is easy to manipulate and shape.On her website I am particularly interested in the “Sculptures” section this part of the gallery is where most of her 3d felt making is shown. I am fascinated by the way she shapes and manipulates the felt in order to make it appear like a real life form. The colours she uses and the techniques she has learnt are evident in the outcomes, I like how in her felt pieces she almost blends colours together like you do with paint. The work is finished to a high standard and she has photographed them well.

I particularly like how she has displayed her work in gallery space as well and this has given me ideas for presentation. I like how they look as if they are growing upwards and start on the floor. I additionally like the ones which have been hung as they add another dimension to the piece.

I have also looked on her blog she shares imagery of the things which fascinate her many of them are of the natural world. Her blog has also given me ideas on how to present work and how to talk about artwork as well.

Below is a video where she has put her artworks into the environment , I find this really interesting. If the time frame wasn’t so tight for my final piece deadline this is something I would explore. There is still potential left in my work and this is something I want to try  in the future.


Dallinga, M. (2012). Bloomfelt . Available: Last accessed 15 May 2017.

Bloomfelt: Blooming forest. (2016). (Video) United Kingdom: Majolein Dallinga

Final Piece additions / Primary research

From idea to design

All my felt pieces where inspired by the images I had taken of my local woodland & Cumbria. Over the walls of my plinths I wanted to include the idea of stacked mushrooms growing beside it. For this, I would have to add wire to the felt in order for it to stay structured and remain horizontal. I attached these felt pieces with staples. Underneath I added wire which I wove into the wool to make the felt more stable. In my opinion this is the most successful pet of my final piece , I think it looks really effective as it looks as if they’re growing out of the side. I used cream and green wool that I blended into each other as often when you see mushrooms in nature they are turning white.

The images I took of the growth in Cumbria by the side of a rotting tree trunk fed my inspiration for my felt pieces. This growth had appeared near our caravan over night almost ! It is a really strong structure and has accents of bright colour yellows and oranges whilst it’s still relatively new to its environment. All through my felt making I have carefully selected colours to reflect those that you find in nature. The way that the mushrooms are layered gives a really interesting look to the piece. I wanted to recreate this within my final piece.

What was successful about making this out of felt is that felt is easy to manipulate. I gathered the felt using stitch to make it appear to have folds and creases like the mushrooms have in life. Using the wire allowed me to manipulate the shaping of each piece.

Weave structure / experimenting with set up

With the weave I have created as part of my final piece it is a mainly flat piece which I have added the colours found in nature to through use of yarns. With my final piece being a representation of growth having the weave draped over my plinths just didn’t look effective.

At this stage I am still exploring my set up and the difference of space I want between each plinth.

So after some consideration I decided to add wire to allow me ton manipulate the shape more and make it a growth in it’s own right. To make it look more organic I begun to add wire I was conscious that you would be able to see the wire but after carefully placing it in areas of compact woven material you can’t see it. I am really pleased with how it has turned out and it now looks more effective. As I don’t want the weave to be the main element of my final piece I plan to place my felting over and around it with areas of weave showing through.

Above are images of me exploring presentation and how I will present the weave and felt together.



Reclaimed wool

Muji Australia. (2017). Reclaimed wool. [Online Video]. 10 May 2017. Available from: [Accessed: 1 June 2017]

I found a video when researching on MUJI they have started a reclaimed wool project by using scraps and fibres and them spinning them to create yarns and wool. This is really good and I think is a movement all manufactures artists and designers have to think about. When using my felt in my own practice I also bought reclaimed wool to embellish into it and scrap yarns to add colour and texture to the pieces. I have used these in my final outcome. I did actually do this instead of buying brand new yarns to reuse older products.

In the video you can clearly see the process of how they do it. This video has given me a wider understanding on how wool is manufactured and how they get from the fibres to the final outcome. It shows how the fibres are mixed by a large carding machine and then adapted in to various colours through a dyeing process. The finished carded wool is then set up onto a spinning machine which is then created into yarns fool knitting , clothing , crocheting etc. The process of this has reminded me slightly of weaving on a bigger scale as they look very similar. They then warp up on an industrial scale before they can weave.

My weave that I have completed as part of my final piece was made in a similar way to this. Which I have achieved by hand on a weaving mill. But through this video I can see how it would be done in industry to make clothing etc.  It has allowed me to see how cloth for clothing is made on an industrial scale and broadened by understanding. The weaving mill I used is basically just a small scale machine in industry. The cloth that has then been weaved is sent to Japan ready for clothing purposes. This video has widened my knowledge on the process from start to finish.


Poole Pottery Visit


Over the holidays when I was in Bournemouth I visited Poole to go to Poole pottery. It’s a famous potters that sells a wide variety of different ceramic ware. From looking at the designs you can see the patterns and glazes of many have been inspired by the outdoors there was many floral patterns and many including natural tertiary colours. Which I felt where the most interesting , on some of the pieces the glazes where bleeding into one another and I thought this gave a really interesting surface texture and pattern which is what I am going on to study at university.
At university I will be doing a module on clay and glass and this has give me inspiration and a wider understanding for my next education progression.
At Poole pottery there was two ceramic artists in working and doing demonstrations they discussed to the growing audience about what they was doing and talked about terms I understood as I have learnt about clay over the course of this year. One of the potters was on the wheel making a vase and the other potter was etching a pattern into the leather hard clay.
They talked about the sort of clay they was using and the qualities of clay, they discussed the potential of the material. I found it really interesting I looked around the ceramic gallery and shop and there was lots of things that took my interest and inspired me.
It was a really interesting experience to see the process in action. I would definitely visit again as there is a wide variety to see.