Isle of Sign is a 2019 film by Breanne Butters that explores the deaf community prevalent on Martha's Vineyard from the 17th to early 20th centuries. Based on true stories collected in a book by Nora Ellen Grace (Everyone Here Spoke Sign Language, 1985) and influenced by the paintings of Thomas Hart Benton, Isle of Sign depicts three vignettes featuring daily life on the island. In making this film, Butters sought to illustrate the unity between deaf and hearing individuals in a place where hereditary deafness was so common that the entire community adapted and learned sign language.
I had the opportunity to work as the background designer, layout artist, and color stylist on Isle of Sign. The experience was incredibly rewarding—and a true highlight of my artistic career thus far.