Written by Rebecca Singh

photo of the author and vocal animator Rebecca Singh

Rebecca Singh is both a dreamer and a driver. After safely crossing Canada as a teen she set out to work in TV and film, eventually finding a home in Indie Theatre. Over the years she has created many interdisciplinary works. Proud to work in collaboration with talented illustrator Ruth Tait, My Origami Motorcycle is one of many collaborations they have worked on over the years. Rebecca has parked her motorbike in favour of a bicycle which she rides around Toronto where she now lives. She works as an audio description creator and talent for the company she founded, Superior Description Services. You can discover more about her and her work at www.rebeccasingh.com [links to external site]

Illustrated by Ruth Tait

photo of the illustrator Ruth Tait

Ruth Tait is a professional painter. This, being rarely a way toward gainful employment, she has, as a result, done many other things to make ends meet. She came from a diplomatic family. By her twentieth birthday, she realized she had lived in twenty homes, and six countries. She is certain she learned to draw in airport lounges, restaurants, and hotel rooms. Early in life, she understood that the complexity of the world resisted a simple answer. She considered a career in engineering, but ended up joining a boat-building partnership for ten years. Later, she considered a career as a fine-art painter, but ended up working as a storyboard artist for film and animation. Comic stories spring from that primordial space that lures the visual artist explorer. Ruth and Rebecca first got to know each other as neighbours and then worked together on several artist initiatives.

Acknowledgements

Originally produced as a zine by Domestic Tragedy Press

My Origami Motorcycle was originally a one woman show written and performed by Rebecca Singh which premiered at the Montreal International Fringe Festival on June 8, 2007.

Poem excerpt from “Un poète” by Émile Nelligan

Talking Pictures® [links to external site] acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts in the production of this piece