Visual artist Michele Pouncey has worked as a freelance artist for some of the UK’s finest animation and production companies including ‘Aardman Productions’ (‘Wallace and Gromit) and Hot Animation (‘Bob The Builder’ and ‘Pingu’). She currently lives in Altrincham and combines traditional and contemporary techniques in printmaking, bookmaking and textiles.
How did your career as a Visual Artist begin?
“I started out studying a City and Guilds in Photography, then studied a BTEC Foundation in Art and Design at South Trafford College, I later graduated as a mature student from Manchester Metropolitan University, in 2004, with a First Class Degree in Fine Art (Printmaking).”
What inspires you in your work?
“Well, I’ve always had a passion for graphic design and textile design and these influence my work. I’m inspired by ‘found’ and ‘reclaimed’ objects – things with nostalgic quality. I often search charity shops and car boots for things – things that have been discarded or are latent in culture appeal to me greatly. Everyday objects that are significant in both a personal and a practical way inspire me. Objects with historical reference, social reference, texture and humour are all important and I’m driven by a genuine curiosity of the discarded, the overlooked and objects of importance and relevance. I like to deconstruct, remould and replay within the context of printmaking, bookmaking and textile processes.”
How has working and living in Trafford helped to develop you in your work?
“Trafford is a creative area with a good cross-section of artists who are completely committed to their work. Years ago I was awarded funding from Trafford’s Creative Business Fund, which allowed me to buy a portable press, not only does this help me in the development of my own work, it also gives me the opportunity to hold workshops for galleries and schools across the area. As a result, I’ve held classes in bookmaking and printmaking at Waterside Arts Centre, The Lowry, Whitworth Art Gallery and Altrincham College of Arts.
I’ve exhibited at Waterside Arts Centre’s ‘In The Bag – an exploration of shopping’ exhibition and also their 1st Open Arts Exhibition.”
What projects are you working on at the moment and what does the future hold for you as a visual artist?
“At the moment, my work is revolves around using old print blocks and ‘found’ fabrics. I’m working towards a collection of prints and a series of books.
I’d love to see some new studios in Trafford – perhaps reclaiming and regenerating some derelict buildings to encourage creative activity including workshops and skills-exchange events.