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.


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: http://www.bloomfelt.com/blog/. 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.

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.









Final Proposal in format & Proposal draft

Final proposal in format.

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Proposal draft

Proposal 500 words


Review (150 words)


Over the course of the year I have developed many skills my strengths have been in textiles and CAD software designing. This year has been an essential opportunity to work towards my specialism. I have created a portfolio based on my strengths and I am going to study Surface Pattern at university. I have tried new things and been ambitious and experimental throughout my practice. I have developed my drawing skills in the broadest format taking ideas through in to screen printing, scratch film, ceramics, embroidery creating garments and much more. I have developed all drawings and ideas and pushed them to their full potential. This year has enabled me to be confident in my field and has also challenged me to think more about the potential and purpose of the work that I have produced together with my target audience.


Project Concept (250 words)


My initial idea, is to look at growth. I will develop designs for fashion or interiors. At this stage I have not decided on an outcome. I will explore the potential of my idea, growth in a broad way by mind mapping , visiting galleries and collecting primary research (photography) to begin the project. I plan to look at the natural world and contrast it to the manmade environment mainly looking at architecture. I really want to explore the concept of experimenting with natural forms and contrasting them with bold geometric designs. I initially plan to look at honey comb due to it being natural but sustaining a strong hexagonal pattern. I will take inspiration from what is around me and plan to take photographs of natural forms where I live and almost comparing and developing prints in contrast to the Blackburn or City landscape.


Evaluation (100 words)


I will evaluate my work by using my work plan to see if I am on track, by giving myself time frames I will be able to keep track of producing work. Throughout my final project I will plan weekly what I intend to do and set targets for myself. I will evaluate through group crits and tutorials. It may be interesting to explore my target market and see if I could develop a survey based on my work.

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.