Trains Of Thought (Trailer)
Viet's music has a driving energy and playfulness that caught my imagination immediately. He was exploring stream of consciousness – the way an idea moves through the mind, picking up bits and pieces, constantly looping back on itself, adding new layers of richness and depth to the original thought. The Trio wanted to explore that idea visually using images to illuminate the theme rather than just telling a story with the music as background.
Trains is constructed entirely of cut paper with found object details and props. This short has over 9,000 photographs and took nine months to construct and shoot. Much of the manipulation was done with tweezers.
NYC Pooch was looking for an artist who could make dogs and their people out of cut paper, matching a particular style but making it unique. Paper cutting is one of my favorite mediums. I started experimenting with it as a young teenager and have used it often in my assemblage work. This was a fantastic opportunity to apply my skills to an unfamiliar style.
I worked with Dan to come up with thumbnails and colors for each scene, cut and composed the figures, then delivered them as photographic transparencies for his web designer to incorporate into the site design. The process evolved as we went and we both enjoyed the creative give-and-take of the collaboration.
Check out all the pups and their real-world walkers at nycpooch.com
“...a phenomenally talented artist! This has been one of the best experiences I've ever had working with a freelancer. We came with a very unique concept; she was able to take it all in and produced a final project that was even better than we hoped for. She's a fantastic communicator, meticulous, and brings such a positive vibe to any project. It's been a pleasure working with her! Highly recommended!”
Dan from NYC Pooch
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum: Spacesuit Educational Program
In 2014 the Smithsonian approached me about a new project they were undertaking: a live demonstration about spacesuits in the Main Hall of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. This children’s program featured a Smithsonian educator and our music videos. See all three videos here.