Tuesday, 30 April 2013

César Manrique's studio

OK, now THIS is a studio. At La Fundación César Manrique over the Easter holidays. So gorgeous and inspirational, I wanted to move in. 

Just what my studio is missing, a pool...

Wednesday, 24 April 2013


Part of my PhD work is about prosopagnosia, also known as face-blindness. It can be acquired (after brain damage through stroke or head trauma for example) or developmental (from birth).

The ability to recognise faces is something that most of us take for granted, in fact it seems as if we are hard-wired to see faces everywhere (if I see one more car with 'eyelashes' on the head lights...). It's almost incredible that there is actually one tiny part of our brain that is JUST for recognising human faces. 

I'm really lucky to be working with Dr Ashok Jansari and his team at the University of East London, who is doing work about prosopagnosia, and I'll be putting some of my work in progress here as it develops over the next few months.


I'm writing up my dissertation and thinking about past films, trying to put them in some kind of order and belatedly work out the motivation for making them. Today I've been looking at my 2004 film doubled up, which was produced by animation legend Dick Arnall.

I don't claim to have known Dick extremely well but I had huge respect and admiration for him - he was incredibly supportive and kind, and often very patiently walked me through aspects of film making he would have had every right to assume I should probably know already (like when I thought that  TIFF was a typo of GIFF and brought all my files to show him in the wrong format...).

Sketchbook image of Dick (right) with Run Wrake by Joanna Quinn

Checking some dates I found an obituary of him which brought back to me how much I miss his lovely generous spirit, but also feel so lucky to have known him. The wonderful thing about independent animation is that everyone who does it loves it, and is passionate about it, and Dick exemplified those qualities.

The brilliant Guardian obituary is here.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Into my new studio

From this...

Through this...

Via this ...

To this!

Storage. Sweet, sweet storage.

Oh YES that's a rostrum.

My DIY office chair cover.

Print on wall by Lucy Crouch.
I'm not going to go on too much about this as I realise how obnoxious it is but just to say that I am now happily moved into my new studio and SO enjoying the light / space / storage.

Now of course though I have no more excuses not to finish my PhD dissertation, damn.