We hosted (and sold out!) a series of talks on Zoom, to raise money for Mind Manchester Charity following our #whoyouzoomin challenge!

Illustrator Wendy Wong
Colourful creative duo Yuk Fun 
(Lucy Cheung and Patrick Gildersleeves)
Illustrator, Educator & Song Man 
Director, Designer, Animator & Illustrator 

@wend.ywong talking to us about balancing work & play, lockdown art, her journey to finding her style through reimagining the alphabet and much more. And how lovely was her opening slide?
Lucy and Patrick Yuk Fun ​​​​​​​took us on a tour of their colourful career so far and showed some of their favourite books, showing their influence from things like Traditional Japanese Packaging, Chinese clay sculptures and Polish Paper cutting.
@nicholasillustration ‘s walked us through his visually rich childhood in The Seychelles, a chain of islands in the Indian Ocean, where his parents were park rangers & doing conservation work on Cousin Island.

His small window into western culture was a VHS store on the main island. He talked about the island having a luminescence in his memory, & this glow has informed his work ever since. 

He also let us in on some invaluable graduate advice as well as talking about inverted perspectives.
Bee Grandinetti began the talk with a short reel of her own gorgeous work (not to be missed) but wanted to take the time to talk about Panimation and the power of community within the creative industry. 

Panimation is a multi-platform community started by Bee, @hedvigahlberg & @linnfritz . It started as after work drinks, acknowledging and validating their experiences within the workplace. It was at one of those pub encounters, that the first ideas of Panimation were born.
They have had clients from adobe, google creative lab and animation studios using the directory to source animators & directors.

She closed her talk with tips for change including one that lots of us are guilty of... avoid using weak language on your social media platforms! 
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