The stop motion ‘Shadey Rocks’ utilises the format of an open book as the central part of its narrative. Using both leftover and prepared pieces from a variety of printmaking processes, including found objects, paper stencils and cut-outs, the multiple stages of the animation come together haphazardly in a series of happenings. Throughout the animation dominant characters appear, such as ‘Shadey’ who uses a repetitive rocking motion to agitate and push the confines of the book with varying success. Shadey is in her essence a maternal character, adopting a nurturing and playful role in her interaction with the other elements and recalling a protective maternal presence with her rocking motion. The animation explores restriction, control and maternal instinct, emphasised by the repetition of tasks and movements. Various grids block, peel away and layer, creating an environment that is constantly on the move. The audio of the animation layers a range of different sounds created by numerous household objects all originating from a domestic setting.