When I was about six, I adopted an endangered turtle through Friends of the Earth Cyprus. I just made a short animation about it.
Last week I was shortlisted to make a climate change animation as an educational tool for indigenous peoples in the humid tropics.
I got very excited about this project – commissioned by LifeMosaic – and started making lists of types of animals and plants that are present in all tropical continents – so that the images would be as accurate and universal as possible. I wanted also to communicate in a story-telling rather than literal way, with the earth made into a character with different landscapes on its face.
Unfortunately for me someone else got the job in the end, but it has made me realise how very much I want to work on rainforest projects and I will see if I can revive a couple of old ideas about books and stories from the forests that I had during the Shiwiar project so long ago. The illustrations in the gallery are from that time, the storyboards the recent work.
In the meantime I am also getting more involved with local environmental projects like the anottment and helping at an art club for kids.
But nothing beats the intensity of the jungle systems.
So there is a film coming out soon about politics, and I am making some animated sequences for the titles, involving cartoons of major political events in the past decade or three.
There are trailers for the film here: