As a Senior Lecturer on BA(Hons) Animation at Falmouth University, Katharine’s professional background has led her through many aspects of animation, illustration and design, with a strong interest in storytelling always underpinning the work.
As a freelance illustrator, Katharine fell by happy accident into the animation industry when a job came in from her agent to paint a background on a title sequence for Tandem Films. She enjoyed the collaborative way of working in animation studios and went on to work at TV Cartoons as a background artist on the film, ‘Father Christmas’. At TVC there followed, ‘The Tailor of Gloucester’, ‘The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies’, ‘Oi! Get off our Train’, ‘T.R.A.N.S.I.T.’, 'Poky and Friends', ‘The Wind in the Willows’ and ‘The Willows in Winter’. She also painted backgrounds for Grand Slamm Childrens Films on the 2D TV series, 'Angelina Ballerina' and worked in the art department for other studios on characters and backgrounds on many commercials and title sequences, across a wide variety of production design styles.
Katharine has worked extensively with writers, directors, students and VFX consultants at the The Cross Channel Film Lab, a Creative Europe funded R&D project that connects Cornwall with Brittany in France. With the CCFL Katharine has helped to develop feature-films that innovate in their use of visual effects, bringing together screenwriting, technology and production design. In this short film, Katharine talks about her contribution as an artist to ‘Dome’, one of the films developed at the lab.
In addition, Katharine was a key collaborator on the experimental, multidisciplinary learning and teaching film project, ‘Deep’, directed by colleague Derek Hayes, on which students worked with professionals and staff.
Katharine’s current research interests lie in the use of creative tools in VR and formed the basis of her study for an MA in Creative Education. As external examiner for the University of Dundee, responsible for the BDes Animation at Duncan of Jordanstone and for BA Visual Media, at BFCE, Dublin, Katharine helps to facilitate the collaboration between the two courses.
Katharine still draws and paints herself, both traditionally and digitally and enjoys helping Animation students to collaborate in realising their film-making ambitions.
Profile image by Estelle Car at the Cross Channel Film Lab