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Before Screenprinting, A Poetry Film, or two!

Channel 4 - Random Act

Animated poetry film, made in collaboration with poet Benedict Newbery.

Before getting into screenprinting, one half of Salty’s Studio (aka me!) was an animation filmmaker. I studied at animation at West Surrey College of Art and Design, then at the Royal College of Art. Always looking for inventive, creative outlets I explored many ways to work in animation, even running a small boutique studio with illustrator Yasmeen Ismail for a couple of years. One of the last projects I worked on was The Royal Oak, a collaboration with poet Benedict Newbery and a Channel4 commission. It won the Best Animation Audience Choice Award at the Purbeck Shorts competition at the Purbeck Film Festival.

The film was exhibited in the 2013 Ludlow Open Rural Contemporary Art Showcase.

Chosen as the opening film for the Filmpoem Festival in Dunbar, Scotland, 
in August 2013; and featured on Moving Poems in November 2013. 

It featured in an introduction to poetry film in the Huffington Post and a review in Awkward Paper Cut said: "I rarely saw an animated video that came this close to imitating real life, yet not looking like it." 

It was chosen to be screened at Ink and Print, an art show that will be open during Philalalia, a three-day print and book festival at Temple University in Philadelphia. A looping exhibit of eight animated shorts. These works demonstrate connections between language, print, and the moving image.
Whilst I dont currently have time to make animation - I find my creativity and moving image skills have been really useful in promoting the business I run with my husband. There is a constant need to pump out fresh content and I’m often thinking in terms of mini films and storytelling as ways to engage audiences.
For a long time I felt bereft of creativity, not really being able to make films, or other work, but now reframing my social media activities as my full time creative job - i feel somewhat energised again.

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