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1. What’s your story? Where are you from?

Iโ€™m an animator/illustrator from London. I studied Illustration, but fell into animation about a year ago when I got the chance to work with director Parallel Teeth on a video for New Zealand musician Merk. I always thought Iโ€™d hate how time-consuming 2D animation is but it turns out I love it, and I very very rarely make still work these days.

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2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

I try to keep things fun, stupid, and sometimes a bit depressing or gross.

3. What is your favourite medium and why?

Itโ€™s a lot more time-consuming than digi stuff obviously, but I really love making analogue animations when I can! I usually use gouache for my hand-done stuff, but I recently tried out embroidering an animation which was super fun.

4. What is your artistic process like?

Stupid little situations and images usually pop into my head when Iโ€™m on the tube or in bed or whatever and then I get very antsy until I can make them into pictures. Iโ€™m quite fixated on the rush of finishing something, so I am definitely not a detail-oriented person or perfectionist.

5. Who and/or what inspires your work?

Anything kinda trashy and low-brow really! I grew up on the same road as a shopping centre with a really ramshackle market section selling cheap hair accessories, crap toys, and tacky homeware which I assume is where I got my love for garish colours and my haphazard approach to making work.ย Spending a big chunk of my teenage years alone and indoors on the armpits of the internet has also had a huge influence on my sense of humour.

6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?

Itโ€™s something to do! I donโ€™t think art enriches my life in some profound, spiritual way or anything, but I know Iโ€™d be incredibly frustrated if I couldnโ€™t spend my time making stuff. Everything else is boring! Plus looking at things is way more fun than reading or whatever.

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7. Where did you study?

I studied an Illustration degree at Camberwell college of the Arts. We were definitely pushed beyond the constraints of illustration into weirder territories; for my degree show I made a load of different fake hams out of silicone and filmed them being thrown in the air in slow-motion. It was a lot of fun and for a second there I thought I might be a fine artist but I got back to drawing pictures the day after I handed all my work in.

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Hopefully directing and animating! And not living with my mum.

9. What about in ten?

I want to live somewhere where I can have a room that I donโ€™t smoke in, so I can get a pet lizard without killing it slowly.

10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?

I think itโ€™s all just attention seeking, to be honest! I just want people to see my work and laugh a bit under their breath and think โ€˜thatโ€™s coolโ€™, then go on with their day. I could say that I want to brighten peoples days a little bit- but of course itโ€™s still not selfless because I want to be the one brightening them!

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11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?

My very favourite meal and also a top tip for everyone is: A whole pack of vegetarian hot dogs dipped in microwaved macaroni and cheese.

12. Favourite book?

I only have two real books on my shelf: Shock Value by John Waters, and an oral history of The Simpsons.

13. Favourite genre of music?

Girl groups! K-pop girl groups, J-pop girl groups, 50s and 60s American girl groups! Any and every group of girls.

14. What are your hobbies?

I โ€˜m pretty boring! If Iโ€™m not making work, I am probably drinking beer or watching really terrible youtube videos. But most of the time I am doing all three at the same time.

15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

Very very bored.

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