Joan Ashworth is an artist /filmmaker working with animation tools and techniques to explore archives, therapy, health-states, and to make short films both fiction and documentary. Ashworth studied at the National Film and Television School graduating in 1987. Ashworth co-founded 3 Peach Animation through which she directed many commercials, title sequences and stings for TV and cinema including the opening titles for Tim Burton’s Batman. Ashworth joined the Royal College of Art in 1994 becoming professor of Animation in 1998. Ashworth’s films include: The Web, 1987, based on Mervyn Peakes’s Titus Groan, Eggs, Fish and Blood, 1999, How Mermaids Breed 2002 inspired by Bronze Age Cycladic fertility figures, the drawings of Henry Moore, and Birling Gap Beach, Sussex, & Mushroom Thief, 2010, exploring a girl’s wildness.