Who Are We

We believe in providing a positive work environment where our talented team can really flourish. We ensure that every member of the team has a voice in how things are done across both projects and company, and we invest time in training and R&D for both personal development and the benefit of our in-house and collaborative work.

A balanced work/life is important; we are anti-crunch, offer flexibility around core hours and operate a hybrid work environment where staff can choose to work in-studio, at home or a mix of the two! On the social side; we regularly attend industry events, host in-person and virtual get-togethers, game nights and have fun times at our annual summer and winter parties!

We are all about building an inclusive, collaborative and welcoming culture at Cloth Cat. If you’d like to be part of it then head to our Careers page where we post opportunities and you can submit portfolios and CVs for the future.

Clients and Partners

The Team

Jon started his career in games, then filmmaking and visual effects, before settling on the animation industry and forming Cloth Cat in 2012. Over the past 10 years, the company has continued to develop new games and series ideas, and was the recipient of an Epic Megagrant in 2021. Projects include the Emmy-nominated Luo Bao BeiShane the ChefThe Rubbish World of Dave SpudOlobob TopEthel & ErnestBojGrandpa in my Pocket and Disney’s Tales of Friendship with Winnie the Pooh. Based in Cardiff and, when he isn’t working, he’s building Lego, he’s watching movies, and travelling the world.

Ben leads the games development team at Cloth Cat. Before this he worked for a decade in the animation industry covering many areas of content production, with predominant focus on IP development, design, technique, technology and workflow. He’s overseen over 40 projects, including Ethel & ErnestBojRastamouseThe Lingo ShowIconicles and Fun with Claude. With a strong technical understanding, creative project management skills and experience in developing the digital content strategy for IP, he explores cross-platform opportunities for projects and their ongoing support. When he isn’t launching 3 apps in one month, he is spending quality time looking after his kids… tamagotchis.

Julia oversees the organisation of our larger animation projects. She graduated from the University of South Wales with a degree in Music Production and first started as a production assistant at Dinamo Productions on Rastamouse. Since starting with Cloth Cat, she has been Production Coordinator and Production Manager on BojToot the Tiny TugboatLuo Bao Bei, and Dave Spud among many others. She is a keen musician and is the lead singer in the swing band Brother Ray. She has also been a voice actor on Luo Bao Bei!

Shane has a long track record of programming and delivering development projects with a focus on games and their mechanics. He began as an animator and rigger on series such as CywFun with ClaudeIconiclesAbadas and Boj. Since 2013, he has transitioned to games and has delivered over 30 projects across a range of platforms and devices. Projects include Ethel & ErnestByd CywEloise and Toot the Tiny Tugboat, using Unity and HTML5. Being a father keeps Shane very busy, but whatever free time he can spare you can find him doing D.I.Y projects.

Tom Lucas works with clients from the first creative talks through design/concept, animation tests, storyboarding and animatics and prepping assets ready for the larger team to work their magic! He began his career at Dinamo Productions working on IconiclesLingo Show and Wildernuts, and also at Aardman working in their advert department. He joined Cloth Cat in 2012 and has been instrumental on a number of productions, including Art Director on Luo Bao Bei and director on Rainbow StoriesHelbling: SpaceHelbling: Whatsit, and Dewin & Doti. Away from the studio, he can usually be found spending time with his son, playing games, going on long walks all around Cardiff or occasionally working on his own short film ideas!

Kim has a Foundation Diploma in Fine Art and Illustration and Masters in Computer Animation, and her first professional work was doing VFX for BBC series The Zoo. She joined Cloth Cat to work on Shane the Chef and modelled all of the characters and creatures, as well as hundred of props. Since then she has become part of the in house team doing a wide variety of animation and games projects, including Helbling: Secret SpringByd Cyw and Produce Produce. When Kim isn’t killing it at her job, you can find her gardening with her cat or at the beach!

Josh is responsible for CG rigging and research and development into our Blender and Unreal pipeline. Josh began his career as a Junior Animator at Pixel Hero Games, working on Warhammer 40,000 game Eisenhorn: XENOS. He then worked as an animator on Olobob Top and Jen a Jim PopDim and then as a CG rigger and layout artist on Shane the Chef. Since he was taken on full time at Cloth Cat, he’s worked on a number of TV pilots, games and other animated media while expanding his knowledge of Blender. Outside of work, he enjoys long walks along the beaches of South Wales with his husband and fur-baby Maui.

Outreach

Cloth Cat is a proud supporter of the animation community and regularly contributes in support of Animation UK, The Children’s Media Foundation, PACT, Screen Skills, and a large number of local and national universities. We also sponsor the local Cardiff Animation Nights and were contributors to the Cardiff Animation Festival, which celebrated its return in 2018. Cardiff has a notable history of animation production and Cloth Cat are delighted to continue this legacy for both Wales and the UK.

Events

CMC, Cardiff Animation nights and the annual festival. Universities – collaboration with local universities to support graduates and provide workshops and live briefs.

Community Support

Work Placements

KTP, summer placements, on production training in partnership with Welsh Government’s training bursary. University collaborations and live briefs.

Research and Development

Beyond our production work we have a firm commitment to R&D looking to enhance and improve on production processes and the technologies used. As a result we have been successful in gaining support through Epic Mega Grants and running a successful creative cluster research project. Most recently our new Media Cymru backed project looking into Sentiment Analysis and how it can effect character performance, with Good Gate Media.