Dream Stop Motions

  • Made for advertisement – quality and length, mine needs to be a similar standard.


(Dream starts at 1.00)

  • Comical – I don’t want mine to be amusing, I want it to have a serious emotive
  • Used Plasticine to mold the features of the dream – creates a contrast between the real life (black and white, not stop motion) and the dream (colour stop motion)
  • I like the idea of this contrast, however I think I would alternate it – black and white dream, colour day (if I am to incorporate the day)
  • Coloured hands, brighten contrast so iPads stand out. Textiles connecting iPads, black and white, texture, figures incorporated to reflect the real life or the dream?


  • Uses mini mannequin
  • This is a good idea for the figure I want to incorporate in the textiles to convey the action that happens in the dream, next to the iPad that conveys the meaning of the dream in bright colours (bright colours to show that the interpretation is the part of the dream that is helpful)


  • Uses figures and actual bed
  • If hands don’t work well enough to portray the interpretation, I will turn to figures

Student Artist Inspiration

Emilie Zumkeller:

  • Consciousness
  • Unconscious
  • Freud
  • Idea of opening the mind, looking out from it
  • Works with the idea of space, limitless
  • Red indicates bodily insides


Jessica Brooks:

  • Surrealism
  • Mark making
  • Whimsical
  • Delicate, like the subconscious – delicate in the sense of anxieties and other mental health issues
  • Idea of making textiles directly into a large embroidery hoop
  • Water colour onto fabric, abstract, reflecting the confusion and disorientation of dreams, how they feel during
  • Positioned next to a blank hoop with a direct, clear illustration of how dreams are instinctive therapy for our minds – to clear them of stress

Crystal Healing Research

  • From the spend one pound challenge in Liverpool, I encountered crystals and their ‘healing’ properties or uses. I found that many of the gemstones had a relation to sleep and dreaming, which inspires me to maybe use them in my final outcome.

Crystals to improve dream recall


  • Allows messages to come through our third eye, making communication clear, allowing easy recall and interpretation of our dreams

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Dream Quartz:

  • Calming properties which encourage sleep
  • Attracts patterns and stories that you are thinking about and tell you a dream story to help guide you on your path
  • Releases the negatives in dreams
  • Improves recall after awakening

dream crystals


Herkimer Diamond:

  • Encourage memory and interpretation of dreams – helps remember the messages and stories in dreams

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Crystals for lucid dreams and dream recall

Ametrine, Azurite, Clear Quartz

  • Dream wisdom
  • Opening up the intuitive potential of dreams
  • Amplifies vividity of dreams
  • These crystals are believed to work if placed under the pillow at night.
  • It is believed necessary to hold the stone in your left hand and asking it to bring dreams to help discover the correct path
  • Some people make crystal dream pillows with the addition of fragrant herbs
  • Sage – clears out bad dreams and negative energy
  • Sweetgrass – invites animal totems into dreams
  • Frankincense – bestows peace and serenity – good for insomnia
  • Valerian Root and Kava Kava – good for insomnia and encourage deep sleep and dreams

This research has given me ideas for final pieces, perhaps including them in an instillation piece. I will now research how other artists have used gemstones in artwork.

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My photography:


Research provides the primary foundations for a project; it is essential to understand the basis and surrounding elements of a subject to develop creative ideas in response. Therefore, I spent the first stages of this project researching some of the many topics within my concept, which asks the question; why do dreams relate to daily life? Prior to this, however, I spent time visiting galleries in Manchester and Lancaster to help me consider an initial concept. I felt outfaced by the potential of choosing my own concept, so visualising how other artists had responded to their own concepts, while considering the concepts they had chosen, helped me decide on my own. I took much of my initial inspiration from Gabriel Isak, who considers the subconscious mind in his photography series ‘The Blue Journey’. His mesmerising pieces encouraged me to consider working with the subconscious mind and the dreams it creates.

At first, my research was mainly factual, looking at psychologists’ responses to my question often featured on a website called ‘Psychology Today’ which made scientific studies easy to comprehend. Much of my factual research stemmed from work by Sigmund Freud, who worked closely with my concept on a psychological basis. I often referred to YouTube and Ted Talks videos, which simplified some of the studies I looked at too. The YouTube clip that inspired me the most was a summary of psychologists’ interpretations of the main reasons why we dream. These reasons were; dreaming to remember, dreaming to forget, dreaming to maintain brain function, dreaming to rehearse fight or flight instinct, dreaming to heal, dreaming to solve problems, and dreaming to fulfil wishes. I found this factual research useful in understanding the depths of my concept, but my own primary research in the form of questions and interviews gave me more personal and direct answers.

Past projects throughout the year have provided me with the knowledge and understanding of what is expected in final major project. From successes and failures through these projects I could understand the essential balance between research and development, and therefore knew how to approach this project. In addition, during a project in November, I considered the idea of putting a childlike imagination into an adult’s reality. From this project, I found my passion and interest for fiction and the things that the mind can create. I believe that this was one of my main inspirations for this project.

I found much of my creative inspiration from watching films that related to my concept. For example, ‘Inception’ helped me visualise dreams and the possibilities of them, and ‘The BFG’ gave me the idea for prescribed or controlled dreams (lucid dreams) to help people overcome problems, which was the direction my concept took later in the project. I found that dreams were prevalent in more films than artworks. Initially, it was hard to find artists who looked at similar concepts. To problem solve this, I began considering artwork at face value – doing little research in the concept behind it, and instead, interpreting the piece in relation to my concept. Doing this opened many doors, and I found inspiration from Velwyn, who’s work I interpret to reflect the contrast between the conscious and subconscious mind, and Eiko Ojala, who displays complicated papercuts that entangle and support each other, in a similar way to the conscious and subconscious minds. These artists, amongst many others – depicted on my blog – have given me conceptual and practical inspiration for development pieces, encouraging me to experiment with new techniques and materials.

My concept began asking if there was a relationship between dreams and daily life, which quickly developed into asking why. Asking why was essential here as it really broadened my concept and the directions I could take it. Later in the project, I focused on one reason for why we dream – dreaming to solve problems.  Out of the seven main reasons, I find this to be the most interesting, and believe it could lead to some compelling art pieces.

I initially found my concept hard to transfer visually, in the sense that I tried to avoid the immature representations the subject of dreams is often presented. To achieve this, I experimented with abstract felt making and mark making, while also working with illustration in various mediums to progress literal ideas. In the initial stages of my project, I found myself working in the childish manor mentioned, using swirls and cloud patterns to visualise my ideas. I think doing this was an important part of development, because it allowed me to move forward and use some elements in a more intuitive way. I believe, through more experimentation and development, these past visuals will eventually inspire an immense outcome that reflects and combines many of my ideas.

To finalise this project, I aim to achieve a great exhibition space that translates the conclusion of my concept and synthesises many of the ideas I have had. I wish for it to take the form of an instillation that communicates my concept and fully submerses the viewer into the conclusion – the idea that their dreams can help them. I want it to encourage the audience to seek help from their dreams, to consider their lives in relation to their dreams. Perhaps my piece will inspire the audience to look further into their dreams, to better understand themselves and the power of their mind.

Falling Dreams

Falling in dreams

  • Lost control of over a situation
  • Mental issues have been neglected
  • Losing balance – personal problem, unstable, need grounding, find ways to become more confident with people and yourself
  • Being pushed – is something pushing you to your limits, overworking, doing something against your will, being a ‘push over’, when we can’t see the person pushing us it is usually a part of ourselves we don’t want to look out for
  • Lost grip – need to get solid ground in waking life, not in full control and it is unconsciously affecting your life
  • Holding on – means you are trying to fix a situation you have no control over
  • Remembering how you fell in the dream can suggest what needs to be fixed in your life. If you fell on your back – you need more support in life. If you fell on your hands – you need a hand from people that are close to you. If you fell in water you are emotionally breaking down and need to address your problem
  • Slipping – suggests you will eventually slip up in a situation you are in and it will cause emotional distress
  • On the edge – suggests you need to slow down with life and take it one day at a time, you need grounding physically and spiritually
  • Landing at the bottom – ending of something in your life, something you need to get to the bottom of



Three Main Dreams that Help Overcome Problems

Nine most common dreams

  • Out of the nine most common dreams listed in the article above, I noticed they are repeats of the common dreams I researched previously, which reflects that they really are the most common dreams.
  • From the selection, I have chosen three to take further into my project by looking at how they can help people progress with their mental well being or help them in their daily lives.


  • Falling – hanging onto something in life too tightly, meaning that you need to let go of it. Understanding this would enable to dreamer to know to let go of the thing.
  • Being chased – represents an issue in life that you want to confront, but are unsure how.
  • Teeth falling out – a situation is making you feel insecure, you should instead relish the situation as a challenge.