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Magnus meets Tinky Winky

Magnus meets Tinky Winky

“I enjoy working within creative constraints”

In this episode, the tables have been turned, and I am on the other side of the microphone!

In the last series of the podcast, I interviewed Magnus Goransson, Design Director at LEGO’s Creative Play Lab. And after our conversation, Magnus reached out and offered to interview me in return – specifically about my performance work.

One of my many roles as a creative is being a creature performer. I trained as an actor and I specialise in bringing non-human characters to life. One of the most well-known of these was Tinky Winky from Teletubbies. And as you’ll hear, this struck a chord with Magnus, who was intrigued to know more.

Some of the topics we cover in our conversation include:

  • how I discovered the world of creature performance
  • my early training and how it continues to influence my work today
  • how that training overlaps with how designers work
  • how I use physical constraints to inform the creative process
  • we talk about some of the unique challenges of this line of work
  • and we compare notes on a few practical tips for creatives

Please enjoy this slightly different episode of The Practical Creative!

Posted by user in Creative business, creature performer, fun, Play, puppeteer, Season 3, Strange Ideas, Thoughts, Updates
Roadkill, memory and drawing: artist Kathryn Poole on her distinctive creative process

Roadkill, memory and drawing: artist Kathryn Poole on her distinctive creative process

“be present in your environment”

Kathryn Poole is an artist from Liverpool in the United Kingdom. I had the opportunity to speak with Kathryn after she was announced as the winner of the Jackson’s Art Emerging Artist Prize in Drawing*. And I’m so glad that I did.

Kathryn creates exquisite and highly detailed drawings that result from her fascinating process; a combination of the scientific method, an interest in memory, and roadkill.

The subject matter may be sombre, but Kathryn’s approach is delightfully inquisitive and cheerful.

Some of the topics we cover in this conversation include:

  • How she warms up before beginning work and maintains focus for sustained periods of time
  • Managing time to create alongside a demanding day job
  • The difference between using roadkill versus taxidermy as source material
  • The virtues of working in black and white
  • Her thoughts on entering art competitions
  • and Kathryn’s creative challenge for you to try in your own practice.

I had so much fun talking with Kathryn and exploring her wonderfully distinctive practice; our conversation is full of fantastic observations and practical takeaways – please enjoy!

* If you’d like to enter this year’s competition (2019) , you can find more details here.

Kathryn recommends the following books on ink-making:

And the following podcasts for long hours in the studio:

Posted by user in Art prize, Drawing, Painting, Strange Ideas