Senior Technical Instructor: Craft and Stop-Motion Animation
Mary has a first degree in Craft Design from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, and an MA in Media and Animation UWE. She started her career as a freelance designer and fabricator in Ireland for leading venues such as the Abbey and Gaiety Theatres, making a range of large-scale props, costume and puppets. She is an active member of Bristol’s Puppet Place, a collective of makers and performers.
Mary instructs in stop motion and under camera animation production, puppet design and fabrication, software, lighting and camera and production and post production pipelines and processes. She was nominated by UWE in 2014 for a HEA award in recognition to her commitment to developing teaching resources and supporting research activity.
Her latest project has been the development of an easily fabricated low cost puppet for use in workshops and colleges to deliver basic training exercises. She has been collaborating with leading stop motion professionals such as Tim Allen in perfecting key aspects of performance and functionality. The first of these puppets have been internationally used to teach animation principles in Brazil, Croatia and Spain.
Alongside her work for UWE, Mary has delivered short courses and masterclasses in fabrication and animation for Encounters International Short Film Festival, Bristol, Sikka International Arts Festival, Dubai and the Moholy Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest. She has authored The Beginners Guide to Animation (Quarto Publications 2009) and worked on a number of large short commercial projects such as the Aardman / Sumo Science piece Gulp (2012) and Treasure Island pixilation sequence for Blue Peter (2013).