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I studied Graphic Design at Saint Martin’s. I was never happy with graphic design or illustration, so I was working more with moving image. Then I saw Julia Pott’s animation work from Kingston University, and it was a real inspiration.
Before the Royal College of Art, I was working for RTÉ, the national broadcaster in Ireland, putting together title sequences for programmes and doing their graphics. I’d done a BA about seven years before that in Visual Communications, including illustration and graphic design, and the job at RTÉ involved a lot of animation.
I actually chose to do Visual Communication when I first applied to the Royal College of Art. After three weeks, I switched to animation: I was jealous of all the workshops on the animation course! I applied to the RCA not only because of its reputation, but also because they had so many different courses.
Before I came to the RCA, I was working in Ireland as a character animator on television shows and short films. I’d studied on a four-year animation degree in Dublin.
After my MA in Animation at the RCA in 2001, I did lots of self-generated projects but was lacking formal structure and deadlines. I had also started teaching at the University of Westminster in the drawings and workshops, up to 2008.
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