Surface Design Final

What comes to mind…


Photos Foxes Winter Snow Animals

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This is mine :D

The black fox looks like some evil fairytale. : FairytaleasFuck

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Kitsune | Mythology & Cultures Amino

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Just thinking considering this entire semester I spent a lot of time drawing foxes for this class, I might as well end off with a fox. I was looking at maybe doing a ‘fox pelt’ clothing, or accessory. However, I am worried about producing a literal fox for the final, or creating a general furred outfit.

Set up:

I can consider either a hunters set up, if I am going for a more brutal “I killed a fox” narrative, or I can do a set up from a fox’s point of view. The latter will be a bit more fantastical, like a daily life of a fox and what is on their vanity, the stuff they own, and them reusing their shed fur to make their own things.

Mood board:

Photos Foxes Winter Snow Animals

red fox has brown eyes and a piercing gaze

red fox, face, eyes, grass, animal, wildlife, animals In The Wild, HD wallpaper

Glass eyes fox eyes golden eyes cat eyes animal eyes image 0

The black fox looks like some evil fairytale. : FairytaleasFuck

Arctic fox - Wikipedia

Fennec fox | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Delta the Fox — beautiful-wildlife: Paws Up! by © Alicja...

Their Names Are Sahara And Morocco | Pet fox, Cute animals, Cute baby animals

Ideas from my Pinterest board:

DIY Purse From A Stuffed Animal >> Over The Apple Tree  Felted scarf stole brown grey raw wool curly by galafilc, $167.00 Thimister AW 2011 by viltefelt, via Flickr

Nuno Felted Scarf by @Marina Zlochin Zlochin ShkolnikVilten sjaal - felt collar - Werkelijk prachtig! would make a fantastic addition to a #mothernature costumeOKA blog about eco printed nuno felted reversible garments and accessories, mah jongg jewelry, Studio 907, nuno felting workshops, Beth Marx, So Cal

What Techniques am I considering:

  • Knitting/Crocheting
  • Felting
  • Thermochromic printing
  • Applique
  • Resin
  • Others


What was presented For Final:


In the end I decided to do a bag, half crocheted, half felted/weft.

I combed out the crochet knitting, but the yarn did not pull as long as I had hoped, hence the knit was still visible. I hope to be able to edit this and make it more cohesive material wise next time.

The knit took too much time, but I felt that it is easier to crochet a head than to sew it as I could not visualise the fox head pattern in terms of cutting cloth.

Material Cookbook || Chapter 10: Heat Transfer Print

Materials for Heat Print List:

  • Heat print transfer Paper
  • Wood or Acrylic pieces
  • Bags, fabric
  • A laser Printer
  • Heat transfer print Machine.

Instruction for Knitting:

Step 1: Using a Laser Printer print your designs on the heat transfer paper.  Ensure that the designs are printed in  so they will be printed right side up. Take note the type of paper you are printing on and match the surface accordingly.

Step 2: Cut the paper designs as close to the edge as possible and align them onto the surfaces accordingly.

Step 3: Check what kind of material you are working with and set the machine’s temperature accordingly. Our machine is in degree Celsius, so  we have to translate accordingly from Fahrenheit.

Step 4: Sandwich your print and the surface you want to transfer print on with wax paper and lay them on the Heat transfer machine. Note that the printed side of the design should be facing the surface.

Step 5: Seal the surface and the print inside the machine for the allocated amount of time and then remove it from the machine.

Step 6: Depending on the material, leave it to cool or peel the design off immediately.



We printed on Inkjet printers initially, because most sites said inkjet was the way, and the results were horrifying. The ink never dried, and could be wiped off cleanly even after being left there for a week.


Make sure your Temperature for the heat transfer machine is hot enough, if not the image will not transfer properly.

Acrylic warps under high heat. If using Acrylic remeber to flatten them immediately after taking them out from the heating machine so that they will cool flat.

Acrylic also shrinks in the heat for some reason.

For Acrylic, the time used is 45 seconds on 176 degrees Celsius, the machine got stuck at 173 degrees, but that worked fine too.




Material Cookbook || Chapter 9: Knitting

Materials for Knitting List:

  • Yarn/String/thread/Any string like material
  • Knitting/Crocheting needles
  • Counter hooks

Instruction for Knitting:

uh…. pattern wise it is easier to google.


In order to make a ‘Right side’ and a ‘Wrong side’ we have to skip and row, one side loops from the left and the other loops from the right. when the v shaped knit is facing outwards from you when knitting you should be knitting the ‘right side’ technique.

If your project is big, remember to buy hooks to mark your rows.

Knitting is a very time consuming technique despite being very calming and therapeutic.

Also there are a lot of patterns to explore that i have not tried yet, and should look into it soon.


In class Examples:


Material Cookbook || Chapter 8: Liquid Etching

Materials for Liquid Etching List:

  • Fabric etching materia
  • Iron
  • Silk Rayon mix
  • Silk Screen

Instruction for Liquid Etching:

Step 1: Draw or place your silkscreen pattern on the cloth

Step 2: Apply the etching liquid on the fabric

Step 3: Leave to dry, and later Iron off the dried etching liquid.

Step 4: Wash the cloth off.


Drawing with the etching material is not very precise, the lines of the drawing came out more undefined that what I thought.

Finding that specific fabric was problematic.

Material Cookbook || Chapter 7: Latex, Bleaching and Resin

Materials for Liquid Latex List:

  • Liquid Latex
  • Liquid Latex hardener
  • Objects with interesting shapes or interesting moulds ( Note that the mould should not be silicone because they stick to each other)
  • Weighing scale
  • Containers
  • Releasing spray

Instruction for Liquid Latex:

Step 1: Prep all your objects you want to cast or fill by spraying it with a coat of release spray. Ensure that the objects you are casting has walls to contain the liquid latex.

Step 2: Pour the Liquid latex into a separate container, and measure the volume using the weighing scale.

Step 3: Add the hardener into the mixture (note that the Hardener is 0.02 times the volume of the Liquid Latex added)

Step 4: Mix well

Step 5: Add the mixture into the moulds or containers prepared in step 1. Make sure that you pour from one spot to reduce air bubbles created in the mixture.

Step 6: Leave to dry for 24 hours.


I have to find objects that are solid on all sides, my bear head has a gap at the bottom that I taped up and it was okay after that.

Mix enough Latex to fill your mould, my bear’s front was nearly touching the base of the container, so there is a little thin hole there.


Bleaching Material List:

  • Dark coloured linen or cotton fabric
  • 100% concentrated Bleach
  • A stencil (optional)

Instruction for Bleaching:


Step 1: Get a Cotton or Linen cloth

Step 2 (optional):  Lay a stencil over it

Step 3: Spray or apply as much bleach you want.

Step 4: Leave to dry till what ever colour you want

Step 5: when the colour is to your liking wash off all the bleach


Be sure your Cloth is Cotton or Linen, the bleach will not react if it is any other material.


Materials for Resin List:

  • Resin
  • Resin hardener
  • Interesting moulds
  • any glitter or other things you wish to throw into the Resin
  • Weighing scale
  • Containers

Instruction for Resin:

Step 1:  Prepare your silicone moulds by filling it with glitter or beads.

Step 2: Pour the Resin latex into a separate container, and measure the volume using the weighing scale.


Step 3: Add the hardener into the mixture (note that the Hardener is 0.02 times the volume of the Resin added)

Step 4: Mix well

Step 5: Add the mixture into the moulds prepared in step 1. Make sure that you pour from one spot to reduce air bubbles created in the mixture. Do this quick, because the hardener acts fast.

Step 6: Leave to dry for 24 hours.


Warning: It gets super hot!

If you are using plastic moulds, especially the ones that are very rigid, you may hear cracking sounds, and the plastic may crack.

Some of the material like yarn might bleed and influence the colour of the resin. No harm done.

Sometimes the bubbles appear at the bottom of the moulds and create weird surface textures, might want to consider sanding them off.

In Class Examples