About Me

I am aspiring author and illustrator currently residing in Portland, Oregon. By day I work in film as a stop-motion artist. I am also an active SCBWI member, and dyslexia advocate.

Recently, I moved to Portland to start work as a Hair and Fur Fabricator on an upcoming stop-motion Netflix film, Wendell and Wild. Prior to this I spent three years working at Animax Designs in Nashville, Tennessee as a Figure Finisher. At Animax I helped bring to life animatronic, puppets, and costume characters for theme parks around the world.

 

In 2013 I received a BFA from the University of Evansville in Costume Design. In 2016 I obtained a MFA from the University of Connecticut in Puppetry Arts.

 

My love and passion for creating and telling my own stories really grew during my time at the UConn. Through the Puppet Arts Program I had the opportunity to perform with The Boston Pops, at The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, and The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry. In addition to live performance I also studied puppetry for film and stop-animation.

My stop-motion short-film, Partially Compensated, has been seen in film festivals around the world. My film is inspired by my own experience with the  learning disability, Dyslexia. As often as I can I visit schools for children with learning disabilities and share my experience, lead workshops, and talk about art! In 2019 my film will be available through ReelEducation as part of a free programing to help spread the message of inclusion. 

Please, feel free to contact me if you have any questions, would like to arrange a school visit, or would like more information. kweltner206@gmail.com 

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