When I was a baby I become Deaf trough illness, my family are all hearing. I was 11 years old when my parents decide it would be best for me to board at Royal school for the Deaf Exeter, it is a long journey from London, I would visit home some weekend and in the holidays. It exposed me to British Deaf culture in Exeter; it has its own community. However, there was no African-British community within the school so I was not so aware of this heritage. At 16 I decide to stay on at Exeter and continue to board for my college education.
I have been studying in further education since 2006 after leaving secondary education. Amongst this education includes the course ABC Media & Art foundation Level 3 qualification at Ravensbourne College from Greenwich, London, United Kingdom in 2009-10. The focus of the course for me was to develop skills in a variety of areas within art, this lead me to the Final Project using Animation which I developed a passion. This idea I developed for this final project was a Deaf woman playing basketball against a Hearing man, the viewer is unaware that the players have a difference in terms of being Deaf or hearing until the end when it is explained via text. I wanted to challenge people's view of what they may believe a Deaf person is and show that we are all equal.
I am currently studying Animation and Illustration combined honours degree. My interest in animation and passion continue to develop with time and I also enjoy the variety offered by Illustration. Since starting the course a short while ago I have learn Panorama's and have developed my use of transmitting information via this format in a visual communication of images and ball's movement to produce smooth flowing animation sequences. This has satisfied my need to gain clarity and extend my knowledge in this area and I am looking forward to continue this learning experience.
I would like a carrier in animation but feel I would like to continue to have freedom to express myself artistically so would like to split my time between these two passtions. Well I have a dream. But I will tell to word more is coming soon.....
Being Deaf means I experience the world differently to Hearing people I meet deaf people and we use visual communication. This visual language is different around the world This visual imagery in my mind is strong, and is my memory. I always remember that Sign Language and art is different around the world. When I meet new Deaf people, I always want to make new friends, because Sign Language starts a new relationship because that is deaf culture, but I don't think so much in Hearing people.
When I lived in Exeter, South West Devon (2001-8) I learned the experience and knowledge of the Deaf community from the people who lived in Exeter, so I already had an identity. That childhood experience of British Sign Language and culture in Exeter is different to London. So when I left Exeter and made my home in London, I had to learn a different form of BSL. In London the BSL is more modern, but in Exeter BSL is more classical, both in language, community and society. In London there is more a mixture of African-British and other ethic group of Deaf people.
•Books, •Basketball, •Life Drawing, •the program See Hearing and BSL Zone in BSLBT of two both on TV , •Travel, •attending Events, •Party, •Origination, •Deaf Culture, •Comedy, •Gyms & Fitness, •Camp Action, •Travels, •Tourism.