Stephanie began studying film and video in the early 90's at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. While Stephanie thoroughly enjoyed being able to tell stories in that way, she found film too cost-prohibitive and video unable to portray light in an attractive way. However, Stephanie enjoyed digital video editing and also pushed her limitations and learned the basics of film effects using a manual machine called the JK. In the late 90's, Stephanie studied multimedia in a certification program and learned animation programs, digital painting, Photoshop, Premiere, and AfterEffects, all of which were leaps ahead of the capabilites while studying in Chicago. This was a very exciting learning period. However, limitations in the technology available to made working in the video programs difficult, but she continued to master Photoshop and Flash. Now that Stephanie has access to more powerful machines and higher quality video technology, she will be focusing on digital film and animation again.
Dream journaling, lucid dreaming practice, meditation, outdoor exploration, dance and music making are important methods of research in Reid's work and way of life. Reading texts by Carl Jung, Val Plumwood, Thomas Turino, Lewis Hyde, Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Patricia Garfield, and Anna Wise have also been invaluable to her research. She is currently utilizing texts in ethnomusicology and geomusicology.
montage, fire, flight, participatory art and music