Since graduating from the University of Applied Sciences in Dortmund (Germany) with a Bachelor Degree in Visual Communication, Tamara has worked as a concept designer and video artist for various record companies and has applied her creative skills across a wide range of projects, from art direction, illustration and conceptual design to animated film and music video production.
Tamara’s design practice is driven by a great passion for visual storytelling combining experimental-, stop motion- and hand-drawn animation with digital compositing tools. Her distinctive and illustrative imagery is often inspired by ancient stories, myths and folktales.
Tamara holds a PhD in the field of Design (Monash University, Melbourne). Her research interest focuses on the nature of traditional narratives, and their adaptations in film and modern media; and takes a special interest in the re-creation of traditional literature for animation in a transcultural context. The investigation of the historical and socio-cultural insights of the original literary source leads to new strategies of adaptation processes in contemporary film and media design practice.
Over the last three years Tamara has lectured into undergraduate communication design and postgraduate multimedia design degrees. Currently she is teaching extensively in the Masters of Multimedia Design program in both the practical units and the theory. Central to her teaching approach is to foster a sense of social responsibility by promoting ‘social impact design’ projects in the area of multi media design.
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