“Although I had great guidance in illustration, I was still on the fine art side. So, it’s trying to bring my BA (Hons) Fine Art work in, taking my work from 2D to 3D. Also, whilst on the MA I wanted to research how children learn through interaction. So, that’s what this design started to develop from. The children’s museum was a huge inspiration. Then, I started going in to schools and just distributing my drawings as colouring books and just finding out how it played, these images. So, they are single narratives and I have just taken the quirky side, the fun side, scientific side of british birds and tried to use it in a learn effective way.
I made colouring books, the rubiks cube with the vinyl key clay prints. But, this Edwardian look started to come out. It’s very old and it reminded me of those ABC blocks. So from the flat work, to blocks, and then from the blocks came the book. So, yeah… It was really fantastic. 186 screens later – this is my work!
When I was drawing I put myself into the birds environment. And that’s why the wood became important as a material as well as a process because it was their habitat, their livelihood. So, yeah the material became just as important… it became part of the narrative, actually.
I struggled a bit at the start – I love to draw but I was trying to make it playful ,and I think Picasso said it takes years to learn how to draw, but it takes a lifetime to learn how to draw like a child. That was my goal, I really wanted to relate to them and so I tried to make them fun and playful. But, still within each picture is a narrative. I didn’t want to do necessarily a story book, I wanted to do a single narrative.
I really related to the birds because they adapt… it was more personal about my journey about adapting here – Migration. I came over from from America. So, lots of crossovers. This is what came out of it. I feel like I did a bit of a science degree as well because it’s quite scientific. Lots and lots of theory and this is what came out of it.”