• Mandy Pattulo
  • Shelly Goldsmith
  • Paddy Hartley
  • Leslie Schomp
  • Stella McCartney
  • Edda Gimnes
  • Zoe Buckman
  • Carven
  • Harriet Popham
  • Tata Naka
  • Donna Rumble Smith
  • Jenifer Collier
  • Ellen Devall
  • Idris Khan
  • Lauren Dicioccio
  • Michelle Caplan
  • Maria Wigley
  • Arts Thread

I have researched a variety of artists who inspire me and can help me develop my ideas, they all  produce similar work but all in their unique ways. One thing I definitely want to include in my project is typography and stitch so most of my research does focus on text related work along with collage vintage styled art.

Mandy Pattulo

Mandy Pattulo is a surface pattern and textiles designer who is based in Northumberland. She focuses a lot on collages and patching different materials and textures together. She also does print making and likes to re-use vintage materials and quilts as part of her work. She likes to use things which carry history and show evidence of previous female needle workers.

What inspires me about Mandy’s work is that each piece tells a story and holds a lot of memories. I like how she uses different materials and textures and also incorporates some text. Mandy doesn’t focus on one thing, she has a wide variety of work from garments to gloves to quilts.  It all has a vintage feel to it which I admire and I think it will definitely be useful to me in this  project.

Here is a few examples of her work from her ‘Thread and Thrift’ blog. It consists of a mixture of different techniques like stitching, printing, collage work and more.

This particular piece reminds me of my sample on the right

Memento Mori

‘Memento Mori’ is latin for ‘Remember Death.’ Her research from local Victorian Cemeteries resulted in two solo exhibitions. One of which is Memento Mori. They both explore ideas about memory, female experience, identity and place.

These are the work pieces from Memento Mori.


The series of ghostly prints (shown above) became labelled as “absence” because of the suggestion of something  being left behind.

Remember Me

Remember me is the second solo exhibition that Mandy held. It focuses on the Maidens Garlands which is a funerary memento for the death of young chase women also known as Virgin’s Crowns or Crants.

The garlands were carried before the corpses of young unmarried women at their funerals or placed on the top of the coffin. By the 17th century it was customary for the garland to be hung over the dead girl’s pew or in the chancel of the church till it disintergrated. The  paper gloves which are commonly incorporated into the design of the garland are thought to represent the metaphorical gauntlet ready to be thrown down to defend the dead girl’s honour should anyone dare to question her reputation or virginity.

Mandy work appears to be very personal and real. This is what I admire about her work, its originality.

Shelly Goldsmith

Shelly is another textiles artist who specializes mostly in weaving, woven tapestry and stitch related to clothing.

I like how Shelly incorporate text in a very unique way, her work  is really neat and effective. I admire how each piece differs from one another and has is own story. I think she picks her  materials and colours really well, nothing looks mismatched or random, everything fits in well together. On the other hand, some of her work isn’t so neat and tidy, but I like that, it shows how diverse she is and it reminds me of myself, I can produce neat and tidy work but also quite vintage, not so tidy work.

The way Shelly exhibits her work is simple and beautiful. I like how it’s not too crowded or complicated, just simple and effective.

Paddy Hartley

Paddy Hartley is a London based artist whose work is internationally exhibited, collected and published. His artistic practice investigates themes including memorialisation and remembrance, the origins of WW1 facial reconstruction and those who underwent the surgery.

His work instantly tells a story when I look at it, and just how his work had this impact on me, I want mine to have the same on people who come to look at it on the exhibition day.

Leslie Schomp

I have always thought of drawing as just a pencil and paper, but from this course, I have learnt the joys of stitching and how you can literally do anything with a needle and fabric, just like when your holding a pencil. Lesli’e work shows how I can use a needle in many ways to create fantastic work. All her work consists of very neutral colours and I admire that.

Edda Gimnes

Edda Gimnes’s work is just amazing! I have never seen anything like it before. Although it has nothing to do with the previous research I have done, I like how her work is done. How she takes simple mark makings and sketches and creates something so effective intrigues me.

Zoe Buckman

I really admire artists who do something that stands out and contrasts from any other work I’ve seen before and this does exactly that. I mean who’s ever seen underwear with rap song lyrics on them, this is a first for me. she has changed the whole perspective of underwear. I don’t necessarily have to use underwear, but I’m going to use text in this style.


I like these particular pieces from Carven as they have a very vintage feel to them and the use of the collage looks very effective especially on a garment. The choice of colours are perfect.

Harriet Popham

Out of all her work, this piece caught my eye in particular because of how intricate it is. I can see how much work as put into this and I appreciate that in the artists I research. It is perfect because it is a garment and it looks very personal which are the two things I wanted to do, produce a garment and add my personal memories. For now I will experiment and see what works best.

Jennifer Collier

I genuinely really like Jennifer’s work, how beautiful! I’ve never seen any garments made out of paper before and look soo beautiful. I want to try out some of these paper garments for my sketchbook as part of fashion illustrations, I think they will look cute.


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