About Tess

Tess Baxter

Tess Baxter

I’m fascinated by the visual image, film and virtual worlds. Food is important. And politics, sociology and social history too. I’m lost without a computer.

My current main area of interest is making machinima (videos) in virtual worlds, working under the pseudonym of Tizzy Canucci in Second Life. I am interested in expanding the possibilities of the medium by exploring a significant technical problem or a social issue in each work. Technically, machinima are video recordings of a game. But virtual worlds are made of elements from the actual (or real) world and I am interested in using both what is imported and what is exported to comment on actual world issues. My past – three dimensional modelmaking, social and political concern, editing the graphical and verbal form – all come through in my machinima, as does my long fascination with animation. But my influences are wide and draw from the last century of film, poetry, music and literature. I am currently studying for a PhD in Contemporary Art at Lancaster University in this area.

In 2001, I set up Dane Stone Publishing to publish my work around community cookbooks and local food traditions and history. This was initially a series of postcards featuring local and traditional recipes of the north of England. I wrote two books that built on that work: Yorkshire: In Recipes and Photographs (2011, now out of print) and The Lake District and Cumbria in Recipes and Photographs (2012 & 2015).

You can read more about what I do by following the links in the menu above.


Tess was born in near Wigan in 1959. She has lived in the Lake District since 1981 and knows most of the north of England pretty well from her photography trips. She returned to study in 2006 and graduated with a BA in sociology from the University of Central Lancashire and an MA in gender, sexuality and culture from Manchester University. Currently she is studying for a Doctorate in contemporary art at Lancaster University.

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