I’m currently working on my series of Tennessee Williams alternative book covers. As I was plotting out the imagery for the cover of ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’, I’ve ended up putting Paul Newman, my favourite and a classic Brick, front and centre. As I sat there looking at my scanned drawing it occurred to me that normally it’s Elizabeth Taylor, or Maggie, that’s front stage on the book cover. (I’d argue that this is partly because she’s a woman, and her partly dressed body sells theatre & film tickets, and books.) Also, we assume Maggie is the cat- she herself says she feels like a cat on a hot tin roof, and her victory is staying on as long as she can. Continue reading
I took part in the creation of an animation project led by animator Evan Wilkinson. I came in for two sessions as an illustrator and fellow animator to talk about character design.
This is the final result of a mixed media animation project at The Connaught School in Aldershot, for Hampshire County Council and Strong Island Media.
‘Our Parents’ Armour’ is a poem that is written and animated by young people from The Connaught School, who are all children of military personnel. They created a suit of armour for their parents out of memories of home and messages of support. This project was funded by the MOD Community Covenant and formed part of the Hampshire Forces Film Festival. Nine groups took part in the project, each making an animation about life in the MOD.
A documentary about the making of these films can be seen at http://hampshireyouthforcesfilms.co.uk
For more information about Evan and his workshops and projects please visit http://evanwilkinson.co.uk
Here are the new Artisan dolls I’ve created for my ongoing serialisation, Bearology.
They’re handsewn based on original character designs from the book. It was a challenge sewing them to look like the illustrations, but wonderful to see them in 3D! I think Smoke looks very handsome in his uniform, and it was a good reason to rewatch Due South to examine Mountie uniforms (Did you guess that I’m a Due South fan?).
Moving Image and Documentary.
This film is inspired by the concept of fake documentary and explores the boundaries between truth and lies. The film plays with the idea of legend and myth of a historical figure such as Mata Hari, the exotic dancer, accused of espionage by France in the first world war and executed by firing squad in 1917.
I did costume, make up and set for this short film.
Screening, Tomorrow Sunday 16 th December at 3pm @ The Old Market in Brighton, UK. Performance Sarah Saeed & shot by Nazare Soares photography.
The Wise Ones
dir Maria Russo
The Wise Ones is a research based on the interaction between the following ideas: Intergenerational exchange of knowledge, cultural resilience and active ageing. This research has the intention to open a space for reflection about the small stories that shape our societies an also to reflect on our perceptions towards theirs protagonists. Also to encourage people to safeguar these small stories, and to be aware of the dominant ones.
Intergenerational exchange of sewing skills concur and enhace the concepts of ageing well and cultural resilience while promoting well being in both generational groups.
Come and see documentary film, The Wise Ones (9mins) Dir: Maria Eva Russo. 2nd December, 3.15pm, Nightingale Theatre, Brighton ♥.
I was interviewed about my sewing practice for a documentary film. I mainly speak about my second business, Plume Storytellers.
The film is being shown as part of the 10th Cinecity Brighton Film Festival, you can read more here.
I animated for Graham Williamson films documentary, ‘Heads!’. This was a very fun project to animate- just read the description!
Trailer for the upcoming documentary feature ‘Heads!’. An anonymous artist leaves a trail of stone heads across Yorkshire, sending the filmmaker on a journey through Britain’s Celtic history, the artistic heritage of his home county, and a bizarre forty-year-old mystery involving werewolves. Werewolves? Yes, werewolves. ‘Heads!’ is a funny, eerie and thought-provoking exploration of the mystery of art and the art of mystery.
Currently touring festivals: get your info at www.twitter.com/HeadsMovie, tumblr.com/blogs/headsmovie and facebook.com/HeadsMovie.
Written, directed and edited by Graham Deans Williamson
Camera operator: Oliver Lewis
Music: Bob Pegg
Animation: Klara Bow Piechocki