By Kelly Morgan – MA Fine Art
When I first arrived at AUB, nearly four years ago, I was required to attend a five-day introduction as an international student. This occurrence was for all internationals to get acquainted with the University, Bournemouth, British culture, and to meet other students to help prevent the feeling of isolation and being alone on the first day of our courses. I did not want to do it, and the introvert in me wasn’t so keen on all the icebreaker games. However, I met my best friend during those five days and made a number of connections. One of those connections happened to message me a while back enquiring if I could offer some costume assistance on her animation.
When I got to the studio five individuals were engaged in assorted tasks contributing to an incredibly small and detailed set. There I was introduced to Gus, a puppet, and character of the production. His current wardrobe was a bit too large for him and needed altering. Apparently, in Stop Motion costumes need to be well fitted, otherwise, the movement in the fabric(s) is too evident between shots. I was happy to help; I had always wanted to work on a Stop Motion.
Over the next few days, I made alterations to Gus’ tiny cardigan, which was originally constructed from a sock, and his corduroy trousers. My job was short and minimal in comparison to the rest of the team, but it was such a treat and pleasure to be apart of.