Evaluation of first stage ‘Research’



From previous projects, I have realised how important it is to be organised and that planning before hand really helps further along the line. From the first time I got introduced to the Final Major Project, I knew I have to take action and really achieve all the things I haven’t been able to achieve in previous projects, now is my opportunity to shine!

At first, I had a pretty good idea where I was heading because I started to research the moment I got given my brief. I wrote all of my ideas down on a mind map along with brief notes on my blog which I find really beneficial.

Although I was pretty clear on my ideas, having a pitch prepared me and gave me a head start as I got to discuss my ideas with my tutors. During the pitch, I got some suggestions as to what artists would be good for me. This strengthened  my research stage as I now know what type of artists to look out for along with a good idea of all the methods and materials I can use.

I think my secondary research is quite strong as I have gathered some great artists that I intend on using to create drawings and further samples from. Mandy Pattulo is one of them as she produces a lot of mixed media, collage work which is something I am focusing on. From the visit to the art galleries in Manchester, I found one artist whose work really caught my attention, Idris Khan.

I know that further on in this project I will find more research and artists that inspire me,but at this stage, I feel I have enough. My primary research is strong, but I do feel I need to collect more and record it all on my blog.

I have produced a good amount of drawing that I can develop further samples from. Some of them are influenced by my own ideas. I intend on doing a lot of mixed media work , using a variety of methods and materials:paper, tissue paper, muslin, newspaper,cotton, dyes, wax, stitch, screen print and many more. I feel I need to experiment more with different techniques that I haven’t used before to add some depth into my work.

I feel I have been managing my time really well so far and have been up to date and organised with everything, I intend on keeping this up through to the end of this project. I feel I have portrayed my concept well so far as I am doing all the things mentioned and taking action on it all.

My concerns are not having enough time to complete my work. In order to achieve my goals, I will ensure I am always attending college and class on time, so I don’t miss anything and fall behind. I will also keep referring back to my brief, timetable and action plan in order to manage my time better and stay organised. I need to set realistic goals that are achieved in a set amount of time. I may need some resources that college isn’t able to provide, so having enough money to buy them myself may be an issue. Overall, I am pretty confident to begin the development stage.





Visit to Art Galleries-Manchester


Today we went to Manchester to visit two art galleries to add as part of our research and to find some inspiration.

These are some of the pieces I found in the first one, Manchester Art Gallery. They are mostly oil paintings of people that are spending time together or hold some sort of relationship between each other. My favorite piece is the ‘kiss me,baby’ by Frederick James Shields, this is because it shows the maternal relationship between the mother and baby which is very special.  This first gallery held more of the historical and ancient artists from the nineteenth century.

The second gallery we visited is the Whitworth art gallery. This one holds the more recent, modern work which I prefer to the other one. This is because I found more work that is suitable to my taste and also relevant to my theme and concept. I like how a range of work is displayed there such as surface pattern wallpaper samples, garments, drawings, digital outcomes and work from previous students from college. This visit has definitely benefited me as I have got to see for myself what my final outcomes can turn out to be and how I don’t have to over-complicate things for myself in order to achieve an effective piece of work. I also got a good idea of how my work can be displayed in an exhibition and all the different ways I can do it. During this visit, I found a few great artists that inspired me. One being Karen Casper and the other Alice Kettle.I like how Karen uses lace and mixed media in most of her work, it is something I am focusing on too. Another artist is Idris Khan, I love the work that I saw of his today, it involves a huge amount of  layered text in English and Arabic. I just think its incredible and very effective.

Primary Research-Photos/Books/Visits/Objects

For my primary research, I plan to gather as many old photos of my personal memories along with belongings that resemble them so I can draw from them and develop some samples. I also intend on visiting the blackburn museum to photograph anything that I find relevant to my theme. A trip to Manchester has  also been planned for the week commencing, where we will be visiting art galleries as part of our research. My old house was a big part of my childhood and it always will be, all of my life was spent there which is why I intend on including every moment that was spent there. A tree was planted when we moved there which is also when I was only 1 years of age, so I want to revisit my old house to take images of it because it is of the same age as me now and a big part of me.

As a child, I was my fathers best friend, I drew and painted a lot with him because he is the one that taught me everything, he is very creative like me, I would like to find some memories of my drawings from when I was a child. My little sisters birth was a very special moment for us all also a little surprising to me as I thought I would always be the youngest and fathers favourite. Many memories have been captured of her and I have loved watching her grow up to see her journey. Some personal belongings are still with us from when she was a child which I would like to draw from and include in my memory book. She too is very creative like me and I have loved watching her and teaching her the correct way of doing things. I want to get some of her drawings and paintings to incorporate in my project.

All of my grandparents have passed away, I only got to meet one of them which is my grandmother. I didn’t get to meet my grandfather but there is footage of him as my father has always loved to film everything. Some of his belongings are also left with us. There are videos of my childhood and my family when they were young which I may include in my project.

My father is a nature lover which is why he took us to the mountains many times in our lives. Many of our memories are spent there and it is very special to me and my family because no one else really knows the places we went to, it was like our little secret. As we have grown up, we have had days out to Darwen Tower as a family because there are many mountains and a beautiful river there.

Another big part of me along with my family is my best friend. We have 11 years of friendship between us. I think this is important to include as one of the things I am focusing on is friendship and bonds. On her 18th Birthday, I decided to create a memory book of all the times we have spent together for her. I intend on photocopying and scanning some of the images from it to include as part of my research and development. Along with this, I would also like to include love and heartbreak in my project because it is something many people go through and have been through. It can create many memories, good and bad which is why I want to put it in my work.

Nursery and school was part of my childhood which I want to include. I still have my certificates from primary school which I will photocopy and stitch into along with layering and melting into plastic.



  • 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 letters and text 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.

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.

The  reason I chose Shelly as part of my research is because I love how unique her work is and the way she has incorporated text onto her garments really caught my attention. I think she picks her  materials and colours really well, nothing looks mismatched or random, everything fits in well together. I definitely take this as inspiration and may include something along the same lines in my work.

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.

Leslie Schomp

Leslie creates a range of work, she produces sculptures as well as embroidery work. I like the style of her work, it is basic yet effective. I like the dress in particular with the stitched face on it along with the  stitched text in the book. It is something I would like to do in my project.

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

Zoe does a range of work, this particular body of work is named ‘every curve.’ I like how she incorporates hip hop song lyrics onto clothing, mainly under garments, she has changed the whole perspective on underwear.


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

Harriet Popham

Harriet Pophams work inspires me because of the range of outcomes she has and because of her prints. My specialism is in Screen Printing which is one of the main aspects of Harriets work. I will definitely incorporate some printing into my designs, using Harriet as part of my research.