Online portfolio and print on demand catalogs for Graphic Design and Animation graduates from the Department of Design 2012. On this page you will find our conference presentations, and by hovering over the menu groups on the left you can read contextual documents. You are welcome to attend our Grad Show, opening on 29 November 2012 at 6pm, and daily from 30 November to 6 December 9.30am – 4pm.
My final year project is a mixed media animation called Shrinking Violet, this short animation aims to raise a dialogue between the way we communicate on and offline. Shrinking Violet is a story of a young girl who becomes consumed with digital communication. This story, although fictional, also celebrates the fact that today we are more connected than ever while also acknowledging that in a physical sense we are further apart than we have ever been.
Aesthetically Shrinking Violet is a representation of the last three years of my graphic design and animation degree aswell as personal exploration in the realm of mixed media animation and a showcase of technical skill which has been influenced by other animators and through work experience in the graphic design and animation industry during the last year.
My design practice has been highly influenced by many artists who use mixed media such as Sarah Cox and Colin Hesterly but none more than Auckland based studio Special Problems with whom I have been working for the past year on production assisting and animation. Having multi-disciplinary aesthetic skills, which brings together their backgrounds in graphic design, film, animation, music and fine arts, Directors Joel and Cam have exposed me to their particular design aesthetic where lines between animation and live action are blurred.
The idea of online disembodiment has fuelled a slightly surrealist aesthetic in my animation where there is a juxtaposition represented between the e-world and life outside the screen. This particular style is made by mixing live action film, hand drawn animation and vector based animation aswell as music and narration.
In making this project my own there have been many key ideas/turning points that have fuelled the making of Shrinking Violet. The main idea being the strain between hand-made and computer generated which represents the on and offline worlds, and the second being the colour pallet which has tied the traditional English males narration into this modern day story. Through contradictions like this I aim to communicate the banality and humour that exists within the way we communicate today.