I am a Dublin, Ireland based 3D artist finalizing my BA degree in 3D Design, Model Making + Digital Art at IADT, Dun Laoghaire. I enjoy using mixed media, surface design and details to bring my work to a more interesting level of visual enjoyment and wonder. Experimenting with new techniques and products pushes me to be innovative in how I think and see the end result of projects. Sculpting and mould making gave new life to what and how I could produce multiples of objects for projects and expands what I can do. Never stop learning or experimenting.
Based on Aldous Huxley's book, The Crows of Pearblossom, I have created two fully functional stop motion puppets. Mr. Crow and Mr. Owl’s feathers are printed on papers using a process called Eco or Botanical printing. By boiling bundles of paper, leaves, dried vegetable skins and rust, it causes a chemical reaction that releasing the pigment from the pot contents onto the paper, creating imprints of the leaves. Each sheet is different but retain similar colours. The bird feathers are laser cut from a warm acorn and brown palette for Mr. Owl and an iridescent purple and olive paper for Mr. Crow.
The paper set surfaces are layered replicating silver birch trees, elevations of a forest floor with paper foliage ferns and overlapping grasses that invite the viewer into an intimate environment.
Material Movement examines the aesthetics, fluidity, and structures in stop motion puppets. This thesis looks at the internal and external, and the mental and physical ways these innovative companies produce and animate life into tiny characters, elevating them to film icons in stop motion. Beginning with formative ideas, the process of the story evolves through different stages of creative minds and hands to give the audience an experience that delights the eyes, engages emotions, and stirs a connection with the narrative and each puppet's character. Combining the aesthetics of fashion and what it reveals about the wearer's identity, begins a rich development in the puppet characters. Technological advancements currently used expedite manufacturing, leaving time to personalize and stylize costumes, puppets, and set into the fantastic fantasy world for the film genre. By integrating aspect and principle of both realism and stylization, stop motion animation invites the viewer to embrace a sense of recognizable memories while distorting them in ways that engage our emotional responses as well as stirring empathy.