Beyond the Lines
I worked with Breathe Creative on a National Lottery funded project working in partnership with Ty Canna Mental Health Outreach Service in Cardiff.
The project ran from July 2021 to January 2022 and was looking at the impact of COVID-19; We explored how it feels to come out of Lockdown, out of our comfort zone, and how we could unlock ourselves and our creative potential.
Projects 2020 - 2021
My short Animation film The Replicant was completed just before lockdown. The film has been screened online at both the Cardiff and Cape Town Animation festivals in 2020/2021. It is also due to be screened in October 2021 in the cinema at the Cape Town International Animation Festival in the 'Best of CAF' Welsh Work program. Here it is in its entirety!
The film which took two years to complete, tells the story of Swanhilda Bee who likes having a good time, until one day she is confronted with motherhood......! The film uses cutout animation with drawn and sand backgrounds.
This short video is a behind the scenes look at the film.
Two animations about mental health and lockdown
Over Lockdown I made two films with the fabulously creative teams from arts for wellbeing organisation, Breathe Creative
https://www.breathecreative.co.uk. In 2020 I worked with a users of the Ty Canna Mental Health outreach services to make Diamond, a short animation about mental health in lockdown. This was a new way of working for me, as it was done over zoom,
and I adapted my working methods using poetry and artwork from the participants to make the film.
In 2021 I produced another short animation with participants from Ogmore Vale, called Future Dreaming. This animation film was created during the pandemic .This project celebrated the creativity of women living in the Bridgend Borough and explored issues around isolation, connection, life, relationships, good times and hard times, and the things that were important to the women involved. There is specially composed music by group member Andrea Rees. The project was funded by the Mental Health Covid Response Fund.
Animation in Schools
I've been lucky enough to be both a Creative Agent and Creative Practitoner for the Arts Council of Wales and the Welsh Government's Lead Creative Schools Scheme. I have worked in 14 schools in Wales since 2015 to help put creativity at the centre of the curriculum. 'Butetown's Colourful Journey' is a film made as part of the Lead Creative Schools Scheme in Wales. Pupils worked with me to make their own film about their lives and why they love Butetown in Cardiff.