Phoebe Rothfeld

Motion & Design

Guitar Recording: Dylan Rothfeld playing "Merry Go Round of Life" by Joe Hisaishi

'Dinners for Siblings'

These two pieces below were created as gifts for my brother and sister for the 2020 holidays. The idea was to create little moments of calm and coming together over food. They evolved into motion pieces designed to loop and continuously evoke quiet, glowing happiness. I pulled the various sound effects from and added my own piano playing recordings.

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'Lost at Sea'
A short animation that follows a woman braving a storm
and utilizing the mysterious mechanics on her ship.

'Be Sure'
A motion piece that acts as a love letter to the 'portal fantasy' genre.

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Designs for a 2020 Shakespeare Online event. Utilized the given slogan to create graphics that embraced Shakespeare in a digital environment, and provided a prop set for digital animation implemented in online episodes of event.

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Poster and various marketing designs were created for a theater production of 'As You Like It' for CenterStage in Lake Forest, Lake Forest, IL in July-Aug 2019. The concept focused on the endless love notes posted to trees in the forest for Rosalind. 

Illustrations created for an advertising campaign (Art Directors: Van Pham & Remy James, Copywriter: Alberto Cuadra). Project won 2020 Regional Addy Silver and Bronze awards in the student work category.

Personal Pattern Projects

'Butterfly Waystation' prints are original repeat designs created from observational flower sketches from my mom's garden. Above are the original sketches and hand draw repeat print. The final print was drawn and colored digitally. From this I've printed fabric samples and created a line of sewn pouches.


The above paper-piecing creations were personal projects that combined digital techniques and design as well as sewing. I created a pattern from an original reference photo by blocking the shape into the the most efficient arrangement I could see. This required reverse engineering so as to determine the order in which the pieces were to be sewn. These projects turned out to be wonderful ways to combine digital tools and traditional materials. The blocks were eventually used in items such as quilts and bags.

Beatrice the doll was a personal project that utilized many different areas of my interests and skills. I have a huge fascination with stop-motion animation and decided to experiment for pure enjoyment into realms that are touched upon in stop-motion. I sculpted the head and hands with Super Sculpey Firm clay, and the body with Epoxy Putty, aluminum wire,

foam tape, and batting. 

I then designed miniature patterns based on larger versions of the same kinds of clothes, and sewed a dress as well as reversible jacket. The additional painting on the face was done with spray paint, acrylic paint, and ink. The hair was created with layered strings of yarn. 

The above is a commissioned model approximately one foot high of the Police Public Call Box from the television show 'Doctor Who.' This turned out to be a wonderful exploration of materials and challenge for when I had to get creative with the unique shapes and mechanisms of the box.