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.


  • 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.


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 and develop some samples from them. 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.