Project update

It’s been exactly a year since I made my last post, and since then a lot has happened. I’ve now updated my website to include 4 new posts.

In the beginning of 2020, in April, I made a film called ‘A Birthday in Times of Corona’ (https://sophieks.com/portfolio/birthday/). It was tongue-in-cheek stop-motion project where I showed how I make facemasks to the music of the Tielmann Brothers. It was also part of a larger project where I made, together with my mother, over 100 facemasks for friends, family, and acquaintances. The selfies where people proudly displayed their masks were all collected and a selection of them were published in a little booklet.

In the summer of 2020 I was still preoccupied with the subject of COVID. Infections were at an all-time low but experts were warning of a coming second wave. Together with Michael Blok (and feedback from Jaap Stronks) from Containment Nu I made an informative animation questioning the government’s strategy and what containing a pandemic successfully actually meant. https://sophieks.com/portfolio/containment-nu/

Bon Voyage was the next project. A collaboration between me and my mother, based on a giant leporello designed by my mother. This one I had started in 2019, and I finally completed it shortly after Containment Now, in September. https://sophieks.com/portfolio/bon-voyage/

And finally, the last update: the Zero-Covid posters. I made a series of six posters together with Thijs Vissia, again related to the subject of COVID-19 and the Dutch government’s strategy. These posters were shared by different organisations, all with the unified of goal of spreading awareness for a zero-covid strategy – keeping infections down to as low as possible (zero or almost zero), a strategy that is better for public health as well as for the economy. (successful examples are New Zealand and Korea) https://sophieks.com/portfolio/zero-covid-posters/

Making facemasks

So Corona hit. It’s taken me a month to adjust to this new, terrifying reality. Not only was I scared, I was also furious. So I’ve been making face masks, partly as a form of therapy, partly as a form of rebellion. I’ve been sending these to my friends, and to whoever asks me for one, usually on the condition of that they send me a photograph of them wearing it (the photo is kept private of course). They’re made out of fabrics my mother collected all throughout my childhood. A lot of them are Nigerian, some are English, and most of them come from the famous Vlisco factory in Helmond.

The first batch
The second batch
Yours truly with a mask on.

It was my grandmother’s birthday today. So I made her one as well, and I made an animation out of the entire process. The animation turned out so well, that I’m making it a portfolio piece!

And here we are. Stay safe and wear your mask.

(PS: I added Oma to my projects. You can see it here.)

One more edit: in my tiredness writing up this post I forgot to mention that I used a pattern made by Tiana from www.tianascloset.com! You can find it here, and make your own: http://tianascloset.com/index.php/2020/03/20/a-super-easy-face-mask-pattern/

Working on Breccies

Work has been very busy, which has caused me to move the Rube Goldberg back. I always realise when I’m working on it how intensive it is, and because I have to learn so much along the way, it always makes me second-guess when it will finally be finished!

But, I still very much feel the need to work on projects in my free time, so I’ve chosen to work on a more classic 2d film that I expect will be finished much faster. I also very much need a fresh look at the Rube Goldbery, so taking this break will only be helpful (I hope).

In any case, the 2D film is called Breccies, and is a return to form for me – as it relies on classic animation techniques, together with all the new knowledge and experience I have gained in working in motion graphics. The film is based on a giant leporello (over 8 meters long now!) that is currently being made by Marianne Kaars, my mother who is also a fine artist, and with whom I have wanted to collaborate with for a very long time, on account of our style and themes being very similar. (I included a link to her website in her name, so you can take a look for yourself)

Here is a sample from her work:

A photograph from an exhibition she held in Pulchri, The Hague, in 2013. Featured from left to right: a ‘tulip’ vase made by a ceramic artist based on her work, a collage (1.5 x 3meters), and a woodblock print (1.5 x 3 meters).

‘Cunegonde’, ink drawing, 2018

‘Martin’, ink drawing, 2018

And here is a little sneaky peek at what I am currently animating:

Back to work I go!