Wallace & Gromit Animator Brings Exciting Project To Skipton


Local Skipton-based artist and film Animator-Director Virpi Kettu (Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and Burn the Witch for Radiohead) has started, with two other Craven creatives Patricia Stienstra (Storyteller) and local artist SpecialFX (Model making, Sculpting, Fabricating) a project located in Skipton Town Hall called Studio 1. This project runs from January 2017 until the end of February/March 2017.

Studio 1 is an open studio and creative space where people are welcome to visit (12pm4pm Monday-Saturday) and see the magic of animation take place in front of their eyes. Everybody is invited to visit and interact with the artists, as well as follow the creative projects and developments online.


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Dogs Dales is an animated short film inspired by Skipton and Craven, featuring real locations and real Skipton locals as anthropomorphic dogs. (For example, Judy P., the Town Hall ambassador, is represented as a golden spaniel!) The Animation Puppets and sets are made using local wool as material, referencing Skiptonʼs proud sheep heritage. People have real life and online access to follow this professional animation production from start to finish. Virpi Kettu from www.kettustudios.com is the director and animator of this project. You can find out more about the project, on its webiste: www.dogsdales.com



Patricia Stienstra from www.brightstories.co.uk is going to develop a storytelling/ puppet show with one of the featured characters from Dogs’ Dales: Rudi The Crow. Rudi is a straight-talking country crow keen to make new friends. Patricia will make the puppet using local wool and develop Rudiʼs stories in front of visitors. Especially very young Studio1 guests will take delight in meeting Rudi, and create new adventures with him. Studio1 visitors have an opportunity to record a short story in their very own story booth.

Contemporary Local Wool Sculptures

ReplicaFX artist and model maker, Ellie Morley will experiment with wool and other materials to create Craven inspired art pieces that are linked to her digital media work www.replicafx.com.

As well as the fantastic exhibitions they house, they host a myriad of activity groups for visitors to try out such as Stop Motion Animation at the Animation Station and Storytelling in the Story Booth.

Studio1 has full support from Skipton Town Hall and Bowman-Riley Architects and is supported by grants from Craven District Council and individual Craven Councilors. Our growing supporters list is updated daily on the Dogsʼ Dales website. They greatly welcome peopleʼs support through their Kickstarter page as well.

They have a strong community and educational agenda and offer collaborations to Craven Schools, such as: School groups visiting and receiving an in-depth introduction to our work; Studio1 artists providing talks about our creative professions in school assembly with visual examples; providing work experience positions to talented young people interested in model making and animation (this would be especially beneficial to students considering creative professions and further education.)

In the near future, Studio1 will be hosting Animation and Digital Media Storytelling workshops for people of all ages in Craven Libraries in February and March 2017. The workshops have free entry and are sponsored by Craven District Councilors and North Yorkshire Libraries.

To watch an example of one of the Dogsʼ Dales characters in action see the video animation for Leeds based band Hope and Social and their song Sunrise Laughing:

The DOGSʼ DALES website: www.dogsdales.com and DOGS DALES Social media: www.facebook.com/dogsdales

STUDIO 1 is on: www.facebook.com/studio1project and www.instagram.com/studio1project.

For more information on Virpiʼs work see this link to the KETTU Studios blog about workshops and projects from the past 2.5 years: www.kettustudios.blogspot.com


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