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As a young aspiring designer/maker, I have always tried to grab every experience that is offered with both hands. From my roots in North Wales, I flew the nest moving to Birmingham to study BA (Hons) Theatre, Performance & Event Design. During this time I have worked with many fabulous people & had the opportunity to find my place in the industry.
This year has been particularly exciting for me! Winning the Live Nation Design Student of the Year Award 2015 & being chosen to be a member of the Cannon Hill Collective.
Once I graduate I hope to take everything I have learnt to become the best I can be. Thank you for taking the time to look at my work, if you want to see more please look at my portfolio!
‘Her Red Balloon’ is a short film that I made with the aim of creating a starting point for audiences of aged 8 and upwards to express, acknowledge & break the stigma of mental illness.
Adapted from Shaun Tan’s picture book ‘The Red Tree’, I have tried to interpret it into a linear narrative, using visual metaphors such as storm in a teacup to suggest this.
Tan says “The ideas of the original book are very broad and I think point more to a method of expression – of ‘emotional worlds’ - rather than any very specific content, so it not only endures variable interpretations, it almost demands them.”
With the support of ECO by BCUSU, I have translated the story through live puppetry & stop motion animation. I have led the entire project; designing, producing & making the piece with a bit of help along the way.
Since creating the film it is now being used in a school counselling service to help secondary school children understand these issues and know that there is always hope.
'Suddenly there is, right in front of you. Bright & vivid, quietly waiting. Just as you imagined it would be!'
I devised a puppet opera with composer Rob Jones based on the Jewish Folklore, The Patchwork Coat. The opera tells the journey of Khaim Yankl on his quest to find his riches.
It was performed at the Old Joint Stock on the 18th of March as a feature of Birmingham Conservatoire's Frontiers Festival & was performed by puppeteers from BSA.
Rob & I worked together to come up with the concept & narrative. I designed & made the puppets, projections, scenery and props. In the later half of the project I choreographed & directed the performance.
'The Patchwork Coat' was a big success & was the performances were the first to sell out during the festival.
Rob said 'Collaborating with Cat has been a very exciting & rewarding experience. Cat has always brought brilliant ideas to the table and has worked amazingly hard to realise them. I have been astounded by the quality of the puppets and projections made by Cat and they helped to make our project really special. I definitely hope to work with Cat again as she has been fun and easy to work with.'
Mirrors: my(future)self was an interactive, durational performance exploring identity and change, based on the Cannon Hill Collective's journey over the last 6 months.
The performance was devised with Unfinished Business, as part of their project 'Change My Mind'. The performance involved one on one performances as well as moments of film, music & technology. Being a part of the Cannon Hill Collective meant that I helped to design the space & the movement between the spaces with Anna Smith.
The picture above shows my one on one interactive performance piece, which was within the main performance. The audience members took a journey into my mind. Using objects to create shadows I used the screens & different lighting to show the effects a panic attack can have within the mind. The audience had to decide how I could overcome this. It was based on my own journey over the time I've being in the collective. I was amazed at people's reactions to the piece, and how simply you can engage someone. This piece has helped influence my short film 'Her Red Balloon'.
From my involvement with this project, I have been asked to facilitate the culmination of 'Change My Mind' at Rich Mix Festival in July which I am very excited about!
Stacey Kelleher and I worked with Birmingham School of Media to create a music video for debut single Demon Queen for local band Zero Navigator. We were asked to create two characters; Angel Queen who was innocent and pure and Demon Queen who is seductive and sultry. As the characters had to dance, we had to carefully plan the costumes so that the dancers where able to move around at ease and with little stress.
'Had Catrin not been involved in this project, I am certain it would never have been accomplished to the same high standard.' - RJ Ellory, Front Man of Zero Navigator
I worked with a team making seven 8’ft Rocker Gnomes to be mascots of each of the campsites for Download Festival in 2014. They were carved out of Styrofoam and took 3 weeks to build. It was an amazing experience and there was a Facebook campaign to name them and had 100’s of likes!
This year I was involved with the new team sculpting & painting the new sculptures which are based on tattoo designs.