#1 Bedroom Lullaby
Bedroom Lullaby was a response to a brief to analyse the room in which I sleep, work and study. The challenge was to communicate the scale and nature of this increasingly claustrophobic space overlooking the Barbican towers, a place totally unaffected by the changing of the seasons. A series of ink sketches were abstracted and then turned into a book which was overpainted in red. This in turn became a stop motion animation with a soundtrack based on a specially-created medal music machine for making a noise from old running medals.*
#2 Mobile St Paul’s
The initial brief for Mobile St Paul’s was to experiment with four colour silkscreen printing. The images of St Paul’s Cathedral were then turned into a set of mobiles which in turn became the subject of a short video that brought together stop motion animation and filming with a green screen. St Paul’s, one of the most arresting buildings in London, a place which had been built following the Fire of London and which had become a symbol of London’s survival from the Blitz, during lockdown turned its back on its congregation as well as it admirers and closed down.
#3 Iron in the soul
The brief for Iron in the Soul was to make prints with an everyday object. In this case, a steam iron. These were then turned into a series of stop motion animations. In order to create an animation with a bit of a story, an additional print was made in which the previously carefully ironed white shirt was transformed into a print in its own right.
The soundtracks for these animations were all home made. Mobile St Paul’s relied on a recording of St Paul’s at 11-45 and 12-00 on a Saturday morning. Each set of gongs was repeated half a dozen times.
Iron in the Soul used a ladle and a saucepan of boiling water.
Bedroom Lullaby has a soundtrack made from a specially created medal music machine comprising a Swiss-designed box originally containing running shoes, a set of medals all awarded for entering (but not winning) either swimming or running races and many lengths of copper wire designed to connect all of the elements. Version 1 used ten medals, all with their ribbons attached. Version 2 removes the ribbons which are now used to adorn the box and a smaller number of medals are used to create a more compelling clatter. The medals which have been hanging in my living room since 2018, have been put to good use.