Tell us about yourself. What's your story & how did you get into animation?
I started working on animation sets whilst I was at university. I'd studied illustration but had always loved building things, photography and miniatures and suddenly I found a world where all of this came together. After graduating I worked as an assistant, a set designer, at an advertising agency and with an animation collective; all things that helped me start out on my own. I won a couple of graduate awards that led to an agent and it all happened from there.
I feel incredibly grateful this is now my job. I don't think my younger self could have believed this would be my real career.
Where do you get inspiration from?
I initially went to art school because I loved paintings. Anything where the artist has built a whole world and then dropped you into it. Over time, I've found more and more tools to allow me to build these worlds. Things like camera, set design, colour grade and lighting. But still, when I want to feel inspired I go to museums and galleries, I'm a big fan of the early experimental animators like JanŠvankmajer, Ladislas Starevich and Norman McLaren-where you can really see how the process has influenced the aesthetic.