Loïs Cordelia: Blog http://www.loiscordelia.com/blog en-us Lois Cordelia Buelow-Osborne loiscordelia@gmail.com (Loïs Cordelia) Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:13:00 GMT Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:13:00 GMT http://www.loiscordelia.com/img/s/v-5/u875263028-o416941054-50.jpg Loïs Cordelia: Blog http://www.loiscordelia.com/blog 120 120 Nasty Women : Architecture Exhibition, London 26 Oct - 18 Nov http://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2017/10/nasty-women-architecture-exhibition-london-26-oct---18-nov ** Opening Night: Thursday 26th October, 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm - All welcome! **

Anise Gallery London are delighted to be joining the global Nasty Women art movement for its next exhibition: "Nasty Women : Architecture", which runs from 26th October to 18th November 2017. Set up by female artists in New York last year, the name was derived from a comment Donald Trump made to Hilary Clinton. The movement has since organised a number of exhibitions and events with the aim of raising awareness of women’s rights and raising funds for women's charities around the world.

Our Nasty Women : Architecture exhibition is being co-curated by Aesthetica Art Prize Winner and V&A digital resident Rachel Ara and art writer Issey Scott. With an all female exhibition of work inspired by architecture, we are hoping to raise funds for South London Rape Crisis. Ipswich artist Lois Cordelia joins a small number of female artists whose work has been selected for this show, including Carla Gannis, Sophie Neville and Hannah Honeywill.

In keeping with Anise Gallery's established ethos of curating and promoting architectural art work, the exhibition will showcase innovative work that takes its inspiration from architecture, geometry, the urban environment and infrastructure. Proceeds from the sale of artwork will be split between the artist and the South London Rape Crisis charity.

Lois Cordelia will exhibit a collection of about 100 of her recent life drawings, each one superimposed on the pages of a book of architectural photography. The original book is called "The House of God" and features photographs of sacred spaces: churches, cathedrals, temples, mosques, synagogues, shrines, and so on). The male and female life sketches in the book seek to re-establish the sacredness of the naked human body - often considered indecent in the context of religion and societal norms - by superimposing it over the architecture of places of worship of every culture. Hence, it ties together the exhibition's architectural theme with the Rape Crisis charity, working to re-empower rape victims and represent a journey into healing after the body's violation through rape.

Lois Cordelia runs a life drawing group in her hometown of Ipswich, along with friend and life model Kaz Garrad. Lois has filled a number of books with life sketches in this style, working over photography of architecture, space, the planet earth, ancient megalithic monuments, shipwrecks, and so on. Lois also runs a monthly interfaith Art and Spirituality forum in Ipswich.

Nasty Women : Architecture runs from 26th October to 18th November 2017 at the Anise Gallery, which is located along historic Shad Thames just past the former Design Museum building and opposite Conran’s head office. It is situated near to Bermondsey Street, the home of the Fashion and Textiles Museum and White Cube and within 5 minute walk of the fantastic Maltby Street Market.

Opening Night: Thursday 26th October 2017, 6pm - 9pm.
Exhibition runs: 26th October to 18th November 2017
Gallery Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11.00 am - 5:00 pm
Address: Anise Gallery, 13A Shad Thames, LONDON SE1 2PU - scroll down for map.








 

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Now on Ebay: Jane Austen portrait, proceeds to Ark Cancer Centre Charity http://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2017/10/now-on-ebay-portrait-of-jane-austen-raising-funds-for-ark-cancer-centre-charity Happy bidding!

A portrait of celebrated English novelist Jane Austen, painted in the space of 60 minutes during the
Sitting With Jane BookBench auction in Basingstoke last month is now listed on Ebay, in a bid to raise valuable funds for Ark Cancer Centre Charity. Ipswich-based artist and speed-painter Lois Cordelia whose BookBench design "Look Upon Verdure" fetched the second highest bid of the evening at £6,750, based the portrait on one of a few surviving depictions of Jane Austen, in celebration of Austen's recent appearance on the new ten pound note. Lois painted live while talking with visitors to the auction.

The portrait (acrylic on canvas) measures 23 x 16.5 inches and is signed by the artist. The Ebay auction will run for 10 days, ending 13th October. Please bid generously, as all proceeds go directly to the charity.


The listing can be found here:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/152727956395?ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649



Sitting With Jane was one of numerous events this year marking the 200th anniversary (2017) of English novelist Jane Austen's death. Each BookBench in the trail was painted by a professional artist to feature an Austen inspired design, sponsored by the generosity of local businesses, and located on public view at various locations in and around Basingstoke for ten weeks over the Summer. Presented by Wild in Art and Destination Basingstoke, in association with Festival Place, the trail has raised more than £100,000 for the charity to date.

 

Photo credit: Adrian Lovell

Lois Cordelia's BookBench design "Look Upon Verdure" fetched the second highest bid of the evening at £6,750
. Thanks to the generosity of Laura and Matt at The Topiary Salon, Lois's BookBench will remain in Old Basing near Basingstoke and will still be on view to visitors. Appropriately for a beauty salon, the BookBench is not only decorative but also functional.




Below: Laura and Matt Haystaff of The Topiary Salon with Lois Cordelia and "Look Upon Verdure" at the auction, 15th September 2017. Photo credit: Adrian Lovell


Photo credit: Adrian Lovell
Sitting With Jane BookBench Auction, Basingstoke
Photo credit: Adrian Lovell
September 15th 2017
Photo credit: Adrian Lovell
Sitting With Jane BookBench Auction, Basingstoke
Photo credit: Adrian Lovell
September 15th 2017


Photo credit: Jason Curtis


"Look Upon Verdure"


Ipswich artist Lois Cordelia had her design "Look Upon Verdure" chosen for the trail and travelled 150 miles to Basingstoke in February to paint it onto a BookBench. Lois took 4.5 hours (interspersed with breaks!) on Tuesday 28th February to transform the blank white BookBench, using acrylic paints, lots of metallic and iridescent colours and a large brush. She had also prepared her own paper-cut stencils of two quotations of Jane Austen, illustrating her love of Nature, in which Lois set herself the special challenge of imitating Austen's handwriting and even her signature (as it appears on her will - see below). Jane invites us to pause in our hectic modern lifestyles, sit with her on a bench and rest our eyes on nature, gardens and greenery: “To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure, is the most perfect refreshment.” (Jane Austen, Mansfield Park)

Lois's BookBench was on public display in the middle of the village of Overton, near Basingstoke, from 17th June until 31st August 2017.

 
 

Follow: @LoisCordelia @SittingWithJane @JAusten200 @Basingstoke #SittingWithJane @Ark_Charity
 


Above: Lois with Clare and Amanda from De La Rue



Below: Lois created her own set of paper-cut stencils to evoke the beautiful handwriting of Jane Austen, including this interpretation of Austen's signature.

Below: Lois uses her own hand-made paper-cut stencils to transfer Jane Austen's quotations onto the BookBench.

"Look Upon Verdure"#SittingWithJane teaser: using my own #papercut #stencils to evoke #JaneAusten's elegant #handwriting :)
"To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment."
Sitting With Jane - Wild in Art - De La Rue plc - Basingstoke - Festival Place @JAusten200 #LookUponVerdure

Lois' design "Look Upon Verdure" has been generously sponsored by De La Rue, whose headquarters are located near Basingstoke.

The trail has encouraged visitors to explore both well known and less frequented parts of north Hampshire, from beautiful villages and rural landscapes that have scarcely changed since Austen's time to modern visitor attractions, landmarks and great shopping.

Meanwhile, Lois Cordelia is very excited to have recently secured her fourth Wild in Art commission, which will remain top secret until the big reveal on 25th October 2017... Stay tuned! :-)









 

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Giant Green Man sculpted out of discarded plastic drinking straws http://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2017/9/giant-green-man-sculpted-out-of-discarded-plastic-drinking-straws Ipswich artist Lois Cordelia has undertaken some unusual commissions in her time, but among the most challenging to date has been her recent opportunity to create a giant Green Man sculpture out of tens of thousands of discarded plastic drinking straws. The commission is one of several she has completed via MyArtBrief, an innovative online art commissioning platform that connects artists directly with potential clients. Lois has swiftly become the "most commissioned artist" at MyArtBrief since she joined in February 2017.

Oakman Inns

Lois was commissioned earlier this Summer by Oakman Inns and Restaurants to transform their vast stockpile of black plastic drinking straws into a work of art. Oakman Inns is a UK based pub company who place great emphasis on sustainability, hence they have recently taken the pioneering decision to ban all plastic drinking straws from their business, inspired by a number of recent media campaigns to #TrashPlastic. The plastic straws have been replaced with paper ones, and only upon specific request from customers. Meanwhile, rather than place 60,000 plastic straws into landfill, Oakman Inns chose to commission an artist to refashion them into a meaningful sculpture.

The Green Man theme is intimately linked with Oakman Inns. Two of their pubs are named The Akeman, which is another name for "Oak Man" or "Green Man". The Oakman Inns logo is an oak leaf. Lois's Green Man sculpture will eventually be located at The Akeman Pub at Tring in Hertfordshire, following its refurbishment later this Autumn. Being a lover of trees and Green Man imagery, Lois engaged wholeheartedly with the spirit of this brief and went on to complete a wall-mounted sculpture incorporating several tens of thousands of the drinking straws, threaded, woven and bunched together on a sturdy frame of steel wire.


Straw Sculpting in progress - early stages






The Green Man

The piece features a traditional Green Man face surrounded by oak leaves as well as a host of intricately detailed smaller sculptures that depict distinctive elements of native British woodland flora and fauna: fern fronds, dandelions, fungi, blackthorn, grasses, swallowtail butterfly, dragonfly, and even a spider's web, suggesting the immense web of interwoven biodiversity supported by the Oak tree. The predominant green and gold colour scheme is inspired by Lois's visits to see the famous Green Man carvings on the ceiling bosses of the Norwich Cathedral cloisters.

The theme is reminiscent of one of Lois's best known papercut works: Gaze of the Green Man (2015), which has inspired a number of poetic compositions and was also published in the first edition of acclaimed US journal A Beautiful Resistance, which has subsequently featured several of Lois's papercut designs. The original framed papercut of Gaze of the Green Man is currently on display at the beautiful family-owned Sugar and Spice Mediterranean Bistro in Llandrindod Wells. Jess and Paul who own Sugar and Spice have also been inspired by this project to insist on banning plastic drinking straws from their restaurant.

Below: Gaze of the Green Man, scalpel papercut, 2015
Gaze of the Green ManGaze of the Green Man"Gaze of the Green Man"
Scalpel paper-cut. Approx. 40 x 50 cm. April 2015.
The Green Man looks away from the viewer with a poignant, wistful expression. The spider's web hints at the fragile interconnectedness of Nature. A dandelion clock implies transience, but also proliferation. A butterfly suggests rebirth.



Lois's first experiment in straw sculpture was to create this giant Dragonfly, which seems to evoke a prehistoric age in which such large insects were perhaps preyed on by small carnivorous dinosaurs.





The spider's web is a recurring feature in Lois's artwork, representing the interconnectedness of all things. Weaving her own web out of plastic drinking straws has only deepened Lois's existing respect for spiders! Meanwhile, the butterfly is an enduring symbol of transformation and rebirth, which seemed especially appropriate for a sculpture that transforms plastic rubbish into art.




 

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"Look Upon Verdure" raises £6,750 for Basingstoke Cancer Charity http://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2017/9/jane-austen-bookbench-raises-6-750-for-basingstoke-cancer-charity Friday 15th September witnessed the grand finale of the widely acclaimed public art trail Sitting With Jane, with 24 unique Jane Austen inspired BookBenches being auctioned at the Ark Conference Centre in Basingstoke, to raise valuable funds for Ark Cancer Centre Charity. Presented by Wild in Art and Destination Basingstoke, in association with Festival Place, the trail has raised an impressive £95,700 for the charity.

Sitting With Jane was one of numerous events this year marking the 200th anniversary (2017) of English novelist Jane Austen's death. Each BookBench was painted by a professional artist to feature an Austen inspired design, sponsored by the generosity of local businesses, and located on public view at various locations in and around Basingstoke for ten weeks over the Summer.

 

Photo credit: Adrian Lovell

Ipswich artist Lois Cordelia, whose BookBench design "Look Upon Verdure" fetched the second highest bid of the evening at £6,750, also performed a live speed-painting demonstration during the evening, creating a portrait interpretation of Jane Austen in the space of 60 minutes, in celebration of Austen's recent appearance on the ten pound note. The resulting painting on canvas will be auctioned separately via Ebay in the coming few weeks to raise additional funds for
Ark Cancer Centre Charity - watch this space for details!

Thanks to the generosity of Laura and Matt at The Topiary Salon, Lois' BookBench will remain in Old Basing near Basingstoke and will still be on view to visitors. Appropriately for a beauty salon, the BookBench is not only decorative but also functional.





Below: Laura and Matt Haystaff of The Topiary Salon with Lois Cordelia and "Look Upon Verdure" at the auction, 15th September 2017. Photo credit: Adrian Lovell


Below: Lois's 60 minute speed-portrait of Jane Austen will be auctioned via Ebay in the coming few weeks.


Photo credit: Adrian Lovell
Sitting With Jane BookBench Auction, Basingstoke
Photo credit: Adrian Lovell
September 15th 2017

Photo credit: Adrian Lovell
Sitting With Jane BookBench Auction, Basingstoke
Photo credit: Adrian Lovell
September 15th 2017


Photo credit: Jason Curtis


"Look Upon Verdure"


Ipswich artist Lois Cordelia had her design "Look Upon Verdure" chosen for the trail and travelled 150 miles to Basingstoke in February to paint it onto a BookBench. Lois took 4.5 hours (interspersed with breaks!) on Tuesday 28th February to transform the blank white BookBench, using acrylic paints, lots of metallic and iridescent colours and a large brush. She had also prepared her own paper-cut stencils of two quotations of Jane Austen, illustrating her love of Nature, in which Lois set herself the special challenge of imitating Austen's handwriting and even her signature (as it appears on her will - see below). Jane invites us to pause in our hectic modern lifestyles, sit with her on a bench and rest our eyes on nature, gardens and greenery: “To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure, is the most perfect refreshment.” (Jane Austen, Mansfield Park)

Lois's BookBench was on public display in the middle of the village of Overton, near Basingstoke, from 17th June until 31st August 2017.

 
 

Follow: @LoisCordelia @SittingWithJane @JAusten200 @Basingstoke #SittingWithJane @Ark_Charity
 


Above: Lois with Clare and Amanda from De La Rue



Below: Lois created her own set of paper-cut stencils to evoke the beautiful handwriting of Jane Austen, including this interpretation of Austen's signature.

Below: Lois uses her own hand-made paper-cut stencils to transfer Jane Austen's quotations onto the BookBench.

"Look Upon Verdure"#SittingWithJane teaser: using my own #papercut #stencils to evoke #JaneAusten's elegant #handwriting :)
"To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment."
Sitting With Jane - Wild in Art - De La Rue plc - Basingstoke - Festival Place @JAusten200 #LookUponVerdure

Lois' design "Look Upon Verdure" has been generously sponsored by De La Rue, whose headquarters are located near Basingstoke.

The trail has encouraged visitors to explore both well known and less frequented parts of north Hampshire, from beautiful villages and rural landscapes that have scarcely changed since Austen's time to modern visitor attractions, landmarks and great shopping.

Meanwhile, Lois Cordelia is very excited to have recently secured her fourth Wild in Art commission, which will remain top secret until the big reveal in October 2017... Stay tuned! :-)









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Malka film selected for International Film Festival in Greece http://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2017/9/malka-film-selected-for-international-film-festival-in-greece An Ipswich-based film collaboration dedicated to refugee children, Malka, by Stefan Freedman and Lois Cordelia has been selected for screening as part of the Symi International Film Festival in Greece between 18th to 22nd September 2017.

 

At its official Ipswich launch in April, hosted by the Red Rose Chain, the film raised more than £1000 for Suffolk Refugee Support. Malka is a short non-profit film that aims to reach out to the public and promote empathy and understanding of refugees, seen through the eyes of a child.


A further fundraiser event at the Angel Cafe in Diss in July raised more than £600 in addition for the Hoxne based charity Symi which takes vital supplies to trapped refugees on the Greek island of Symi and elsewhere. A third fundraiser event is planned for Norwich next February.



Ipswich artist Lois Cordelia performed two live speed-painting demonstrations as part of the April launch evening, painting along with the live music, to evoke the spirit of the film. The Malka launch also featured an exhibition of some of Lois' artwork for the film. Two silent art auctions of Lois' paintings for Malka have raised more than £500 for refugee support charities.


"Malka" is a short film (4 m 52 s) dedicated to refugee children everywhere, evoking the journey of a young girl refugee, Malka, and her mother across wilderness and hardship in search of safety. The film features haunting acoustic music and lyrics by Stefan Freedman, accompanied by atmospheric mixed media illustrations by Lois Cordelia. The film in its entirety can be viewed here. Public sharing of the film is encouraged.

Responses to Malka

The film has already been circulated widely on the Internet and social media, inspiring a wealth of heartfelt and emotional responses, such as the following:

 

"Fascinating, astounding, haunting, very beautiful. An amazing venture for a great cause. A phrase that springs to mind: 'a modern Gesamtkunstwerk' of real beauty."
 

"I love this video. Through it I have felt the plight of refugees in a way that no amount of other media coverage could have done. Well done to all who have been involved in making it."
 

Stefan Freedman remarks: "The feedback from many people is passionate, nuanced and strongly affirming. My brother's (face-to-face) was the most surprising of all to me. He said that of all the creative projects over the years this one had gone furthest. Emotionally powerful and professionally impressive."

 

The development and future of Malka

Stefan Freedman was travelling on a train a few years ago when the idea for Malka first came to him. The music that began to flow together in his mind was originally inspired by a traditional Bulgarian folk tune. Stefan shaped his own lyrics to fit the music, evoking the words of a refugee mother to her young daughter, Malka, seeking to reassure her in the midst of unfamiliarity and confusion.
 

In Stefan's words:

"When Adrian [Lush] first urged me to record 'Malka' it was simply because he felt it was an exceptional song. We liked the idea of putting it on YouTube to share with friends.

"Once Lois started producing artwork, so captivating and emotive, I realised that the narrative needed exactly the right voice with an equal power. So delighted that my first choice vocalist, Sebastiana, was willing to come from Norwich to record with us.

"Once finished, the creative project seemed to merit an 'unveiling'. ... The unofficial one (for friends) was at the Ipswich Quakers on 17th March 2017, and the official open-to-public one was at the Red Rose Chain's Avenue theatre on 28th April. Combining the first public showing with a talk from SRS, entertainments and a meal - as a fundraiser for refugees - seemed to follow on naturally. I can't now recall who first suggested it or when, but how could it have been otherwise? Malka seems to have a life of her own!

"I couldn't in my wildest dreams have imagined the event raising over £1,000 for SRS. Very thrilled about this result. Big heartfelt congratulations to all involved.

"What happens next? The Malka video has the potential to serve in three ways. It touches people and creates empathy (even people like my brother who generally is not sympathetic with the refugee cause!). The artwork and music contain nuances, symbolism and many layers which provide an excellent stimulus for discussion. And as we've discovered and proven it can be the focus around which effective fundraising can be arranged." (- Stefan Freedman, May 2017)

Stefan is a teacher of traditional, sacred and circle dance, travelling worldwide to lead workshops and other events incorporating live music and displays. His dances use evocative music from all continents.

A smaller follow-up fundraising event is already scheduled for Sunday 16th July 2017 (17:00 - 19:00) at the Angel Cafe in Diss, Norfolk.

 

Thank You

Stefan and Lois wish to extend heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in making the fundraiser events a success, including all musicians and support, everyone who attended and bought tickets for the events, helped out with catering, promotion, press, radio and media coverage, ticket sales and facilities, sold copies of Malka on DVD, gave talks, assisted with transport and set-up, and everyone who bid in the silent auction. Special thanks go to Joanna Carrick for agreeing to co-host the launch event at Red Rose Chain, and to Madeline Lees and the Angel Cafe, Diss.






 

Music
The music for Malka features the distinctive voice of Czech singer Sebastiana Black (based in Norwich), accompanied by a haunting mix of sounds created by various ancient musical instruments including the sackbut, shawm, bass viol and bowed psaltery. Musicians Stefan Freedman, Adrian Lush and Andy Mapplebeck are all Ipswich-based.

Below: Czech singer Sebastiana Black (lead vocals)

Below: Left to right: Andy Mapplebeck, Stefan Freedman, Adrian Lush, Lois Cordelia, January 2017. Photo credit: Tony Mounter.


Above: Left to right: Andy Mapplebeck, Stefan Freedman. Photo credit: Tony Mounter.

Above: Stefan Freedman, Adrian Lush. Photo credit: Tony Mounter.

Above: Stefan Freedman. Photo credit: Tony Mounter.

Above:  Left to right: Andy Mapplebeck, Stefan Freedman, Adrian Lush, Lois Cordelia, January 2017. Photo credit: Tony Mounter.

Lyrics


Malka

(dedicated to refugee children)
 

Storm winds whistle in the sky
Birds cry, flying helter-skelter
Malka, walk a little more
Though your feet are sore
While there is still some light to guide us
Sorrel soothes our tired feet
Lovage we can eat
Look out for somewhere they won't find us

"When will we be going home?"
Malka, our future is unknown
Each day we'll be moving on
Till the danger's gone
We're following a road to freedom
Sing once more your favourite song
Keep your spirit strong
Hold all your dreams until you need them

"When can I play with my friends?"
Malka, so many paths were taken
Strangers, unfamiliar words
Like migrating birds
That vanish over moonlit mountains
Some day in another land
We'll dance hand in hand
We'll wash our feet in sparkling fountains


Storm winds whistle in the sky
Birds cry, flying helter-skelter
Malka, walk a little more
Though your feet are sore
Tomorrow we'll have better weather
Soon we'll stop and build a fire
Burning with desire
That one day there'll be peace forever

© Stefan Freedman


Artwork
Ipswich-based artist Lois Cordelia began creating the artwork for Malka in May 2016. Over the following 6 months, she assembled a series of more than 60 visuals, inspired by Stefan's lyrics. Lois's mixed media illustrations combine painting, drawing, paper-cutting, brushpen, photography and digital effects, layered together to heighten the emotional intensity of each image.

One of the challenges that Lois faced was how to convey both the traumas and the aspirations of the young girl, Malka, in ways that touched people's emotions without being unbearably painful to watch. The film hints at the trials and hardships that Malka and her mother endure, but also plants seeds of hope for a brighter future.

Lois wanted her pictures to have a universal appeal, hence her depictions of Malka embrace various ages and different nationalities. She also emphasises the value of using creative activities as therapy for refugee children, suggesting how the young girl could express her memories of trauma through her own paintings. Remembering how to paint as a child was an important part of Lois's journey following in the footsteps of Malka.





 

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Your chance to bid! Jane Austen BookBench Auction Fri 15th Sep 2017 http://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2017/9/your-chance-to-bid-jane-austen-bookbench-auction-fri-15th-sep-2017 Following on from the widely acclaimed public art trail Sitting With Jane, 24 unique Jane Austen inspired BookBenches will go under the hammer during the official auction in Basingstoke on the evening of Friday 15th September 2017, to raise valuable funds for Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

This unique free public art trail has marked the 200th anniversary (2017) of English novelist Jane Austen's death. The BookBenches have each been painted by a professional artist to feature an Austen inspired design, and were located on public view at various locations in and around Basingstoke for ten weeks over the Summer.

Ipswich artist Lois Cordelia designed and painted one of the BookBenches (scroll down for more details), and will be speed-painting live during the auction at The Ark Conference & Events Centre, Dinwoodie Drive, RG24 9NN Basingstoke. Her resulting painting will be auctioned separately in the coming few weeks to raise additional funds for
Ark Cancer Centre Charity - watch this space for details!

 

"Look Upon Verdure"


Ipswich artist Lois Cordelia had her design "Look Upon Verdure" chosen for the trail and travelled 150 miles to Basingstoke in February to paint it onto a BookBench. Lois took 4.5 hours (interspersed with breaks!) on Tuesday 28th February to transform the blank white BookBench, using acrylic paints, lots of metallic and iridescent colours and a large brush. She had also prepared her own paper-cut stencils of two quotations of Jane Austen, illustrating her love of Nature, in which Lois set herself the special challenge of imitating Austen's handwriting and even her signature (as it appears on her will - see below). Jane invites us to pause in our hectic modern lifestyles, sit with her on a bench and rest our eyes on nature, gardens and greenery: “To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure, is the most perfect refreshment.” (Jane Austen, Mansfield Park)

Lois's BookBench was on public display in the middle of the village of Overton, near Basingstoke, from 17th June until 31st August 2017.

 
 

Follow: @LoisCordelia @SittingWithJane @JAusten200 @Basingstoke #SittingWithJane @Ark_Charity
 


Above: Lois with Clare and Amanda from De La Rue



Below: Lois created her own set of paper-cut stencils to evoke the beautiful handwriting of Jane Austen, including this interpretation of Austen's signature.

Below: Lois uses her own hand-made paper-cut stencils to transfer Jane Austen's quotations onto the BookBench.

"Look Upon Verdure"#SittingWithJane teaser: using my own #papercut #stencils to evoke #JaneAusten's elegant #handwriting :)
"To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment."
Sitting With Jane - Wild in Art - De La Rue plc - Basingstoke - Festival Place @JAusten200 #LookUponVerdure

Lois' design "Look Upon Verdure" has been generously sponsored by De La Rue, whose headquarters are located near Basingstoke.

The trail has encouraged visitors to explore both well known and less frequented parts of north Hampshire, from beautiful villages and rural landscapes that have scarcely changed since Austen's time to modern visitor attractions, landmarks and great shopping. Now that the trail has finished, the BookBenches will be auctioned off on Friday 15th September 2017 to raise much needed funds to support the vital work of Ark Cancer Centre Charity. The trail is presented by Wild in Art and Destination Basingstoke, in association with Festival Place.









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#BirdWhisperer Project http://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2017/6/-birdwhisperer-project The Bird Whisperer Project was an idea hatched by Amanda Makepeace and Melissa Gay. Each month several artists from around the world create new artwork from the same reference photo and share it online with #BirdWhisperer. Each artist is free to interpret the source material in their own unique voice. Please visit the Bird Whisperer Project to see all the artists' work and the reference photographs. Note: Reference photos are obtained from public domain or used with permission from the photographer.
 

28th June 2017: Golden-Breasted Starling

Title: "Mirror-Starling"
Size: 41 x 23 cm
Media: Acrylic Mirror-Painting
Completed in about 30 minutes.



30th May 2017 Silvery-Cheeked Hornbill

Title: "Silvery-cheeked Hornbill"
Size: 30 x 30 cm
Media: Silver, white and sepia marker pens on cork tile
Completed in about 20 minutes.


 

26th April 2017: Swan

Title: "Swan Lake Metamorphosis"
Approx. 50 x 32 cm
Scalpel Paper-cut
Completed in about 3 hours




29th March 2017: Flamingo

Title: "Flamenco Flamingo"
Approx. 50 x 50 cm
Acrylic Paint, Brushpen, Paper-cut (Scalpel, Pattern Shears, Hole Punches)

Completed in about 1 hour 30 minutes.


February 2017: Vulture


Lois Cordelia joined the Bird Whisperer Project in February 2017, with the theme of Vulture. Her first #BirdWhisperer artwork was a metamorphosis style creative re-imagining of a vinyl record and sleeve:

Title: "The Eve of the War - 30 Minute Vulture Speed-Remix"
Medium: marker pen on vinyl record and sleeve, 30 minutes, 60 x 30 cm.
Original record: Ben Liebrand Remix The Eve of the War.





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Look Upon Verdure: Sitting With Jane BookBench Trail goes live http://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2017/6/sitting-with-jane-basingstoke-bookbench-trail-goes-live Sitting With Janean art trail of 24 BookBenches inspired by Jane Austen has officially launched in Basingstoke, Hampshire.

This unique free public art trail will mark the 200th anniversary (2017) of English novelist Jane Austen's death. The BookBenches have each been painted by a professional artist to feature an Austen inspired design, and have been located on public view at various locations in and around Basingstoke from 17th June until 31st August 2017.

"Look Upon Verdure"


Ipswich artist Lois Cordelia had her design "Look Upon Verdure" chosen for the trail and travelled 150 miles to Basingstoke in February to paint it onto a BookBench. Lois took 4.5 hours (interspersed with breaks!) on Tuesday 28th February to transform the blank white BookBench, using acrylic paints, lots of metallic and iridescent colours and a large brush. She had also prepared her own paper-cut stencils of two quotations of Jane Austen, illustrating her love of Nature, in which Lois set herself the special challenge of imitating Austen's handwriting and even her signature (as it appears on her will - see below). Jane invites us to pause in our hectic modern lifestyles, sit with her on a bench and rest our eyes on nature, gardens and greenery: “To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure, is the most perfect refreshment.” (Jane Austen, Mansfield Park)

Lois's BookBench will be on public display in the middle of the village of Overton, near Basingstoke, from 17th June until 31st August 2017.


 

Follow: @LoisCordelia @SittingWithJane @JAusten200 @Basingstoke #SittingWithJane @Ark_Charity
 


Above: Lois with Clare and Amanda from De La Rue



Below: Lois created her own set of paper-cut stencils to evoke the beautiful handwriting of Jane Austen, including this interpretation of Austen's signature.

Below: Lois uses her own hand-made paper-cut stencils to transfer Jane Austen's quotations onto the BookBench.

"Look Upon Verdure"#SittingWithJane teaser: using my own #papercut #stencils to evoke #JaneAusten's elegant #handwriting :)
"To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment."
Sitting With Jane - Wild in Art - De La Rue plc - Basingstoke - Festival Place @JAusten200 #LookUponVerdure

Lois' design "Look Upon Verdure" has been generously sponsored by De La Rue, whose headquarters are located near Basingstoke.

The trail will encourage visitors to explore both well known and less frequented parts of north Hampshire, from beautiful villages and rural landscapes that have scarcely changed since Austen's time to modern visitor attractions, landmarks and great shopping. After the trail finishes at the end of August, the BookBenches will be auctioned off on 15th September 2017 to raise much needed funds to support the vital work of Ark Cancer Centre Charity. The trail is presented by Wild in Art and Destination Basingstoke, in association with Festival Place.









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Behind the scenes: Painting a SunBear for Birmingham http://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2017/5/behind-the-scenes-painting-a-bear-for-birmingham Ipswich artist Lois Cordelia travelled to Birmingham earlier this week to paint her latest public art commission onto a giant SunBear statue: Taj Mahal by Sun and Moon, which is generously sponsored by (and will be on public display at) Martineau Place shopping centre in the heart of Birmingham for 10-weeks this summer (10th July to 17th September 2017) as part of a free public art trail: The Big Sleuth.

In her usual 'speed-painting' style, Lois completed the paintwork in the space of about 8 hours, using a large brush and shimmering metallic paints. Additionally, she used her fingernails to scratch into the paintwork to suggest intricate carving and architectural forms, and her fingertips to create characterful transitions of colour, evoking the passage of day and night.

Please note: Lois cannot reveal her design in full until the trail goes live on 10th July, so this article contains only a few behind-the-scenes glimpses of work in progress on her recent speed-painting marathon.



Below (video excerpt): Lois paints part of the design using her fingertips to create a colourful and characterful transition between day and night.
Finger painting part of the design for 'Taj Mahal by Sun and Moon' to create characterful transitions of colour, evoking the passage of day and night

Please note: Lois cannot reveal her design in full until the trail goes live on 10th July, so this article contains only a few behind-the-scenes glimpses of work in progress on her recent speed-painting marathon.

Lois Cordelia’s design for The Big Sleuth is called "Taj Mahal by Sun and Moon" and is inspired by one of the major themes chosen for the 2017 trail to mark the 70th anniversary of Indian Independence as well as Birmingham City Council's Year of South Asian Culture (Utsav). In the context of these themes, the regal, grounded stance and cosmic theme of the SunBear suggested to Lois the monumental motif of the Taj Mahal, which has frequently featured in her speed-painting. Visitors to one of India's best known architectural landmarks often remark that the Taj Mahal is as beautiful by moonlight as it is by day, maybe more so.

The SunBear is Lois's third Wild in Art adventure. She previously completed a golden pig, Pig-geswyk, for her hometown's 2016 trail: Pigs Gone Wild, and a Jane Austen inspired BookBench (for Sitting With Jane, Basingstoke). Lois gains a growing reputation as a "speed-painter", working fearlessly in public, performing live art demonstrations in a wide range of venues. She painted her pig, Pig-geswyk, within 2 days, and her BookBench, 'Look Upon Verdure', in the space of 4.5 hours, talking to dozens of visitors as she worked. Sadly, in the case of the SunBear, the allocated painting space in Birmingham city centre was not on public view, but Lois has recorded her progress via a series of photographs, timelapse and video footage, to be released as soon as the trail goes live in July. Watch this space.

Despite being known as a "speed-painter", Lois comments that she never sees painting as a race against the clock. She simply prefers to work swiftly, painting from the shoulder with a big brush and acrylics to create sweeping lines full of movement and energy, even within an apparently static subject matter such as the majestic monument of the Taj Mahal. Her favourite motto is: Less is more.

Lois's paintings often feature shimmering, iridescent and metallic colours, which catch the light in unexpected ways as the viewer walks by. Her pig Pig-geswyk featured twin townscapes of her hometown of Ipswich, rendered in metallic gold and bronze paints, which aptly earned it the epithet of "Shimmering Pig-geswyk" in the local press. Lois's design for Birmingham's The Big Sleuth similarly features iridescent and metallic paints to evoke the beauty of the "Taj Mahal by Sun and Moon".

Below: Lois Cordelia crouches beside Pig-geswyk, Ipswich, June 2016.

Follow: @LoisCordelia @TheBigSleuth #TheBigSleuth @Wild_in_Art

 

Presented by Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity and creative producers Wild in Art, The Big Sleuth will see up to 100 giant bear statues (and bear cubs created by schools and young people) leave their paw prints throughout the city and all over the West Midlands before being auctioned in mid October 2017 to raise money for the charity. The individually designed sculptures (165 cm tall) will appear throughout Birmingham this Summer, inspiring residents and tourists alike to uncover its cultural gems and discover areas they may not have explored before.


Birmingham will be known as Bear-mingham in 2017. The trail goes live on Monday 10th July.

 

The sun bear (Helarctos Malayanus), also called the "honey bear" for its love of honey, is the smallest, least familiar and among the rarest of all bear species, native to tropical forest habitats of Southeast Asia. It is easily recognised by the crescent shaped patch of paler fur on its breast. It is classified as Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The Big Sleuth, so named because 'sleuth' is the collective noun for a group of bears, is the highly-anticipated sequel to Birmingham’s The Big Hoot, which attracted more than 800,000 visitors in 2015 and raised over £625,000 in total for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity. The term 'sleuth' also refers to a detective, which is most appropriate for an art trail that encourages visitors to explore and investigate their surroundings in more detail.

This second free public art trail is expected to attract thousands of local, regional and national visitors to the city.




 

The Big Sleuth is the second mass-participation public arts event to take place in Birmingham.

Sally-Ann Wilkinson, Director of Wild in Art said: “We’re delighted to have some incredibly talented artists involved in The Big Sleuth and we’re so excited to see their creations on the trail this summer. The project transforms streets, parks and public spaces into a fun, free art gallery taking people on a creative journey around Birmingham.”

Elinor Eustace, Deputy Director of Fundraising at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity said: “The Big Sleuth is really important to Birmingham Children’s Hospital as not only will it bring visitors into our fantastic city from all over the UK, but we also hope to raise over half a million pounds to support the pioneering work we do here every day.”

To find out more visit www.thebigsleuth.co.uk

 

Wild in Art
@Wild_in_Art

Wild in Art is one of the leading creative producers of spectacular, mass-appeal public art events which bring together business and creative sectors with schools and local communities to create a shared experience that supports the host city’s sense of identity, its economy and environment, and showcases its creativity and innovation.

Since 2008 Wild in Art has animated cities across the world including Sydney, Melbourne, Cape Town and São Paulo and created trails for the London 2012 Olympics, the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Historic Royal Palaces and Aardman Animations.

Wild in Art events have:

Attracted over 6 million additional visitors to host cities across the UK and worldwide
Contributed over £1.2m to local creative communities
Enabled over £8m to be raised for charitable causes
Engaged over 80,000 young people in creative programmes
For further information about Wild in Art visit www.wildinart.co.uk


Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity
One of just four standalone children’s hospitals in the UK, Birmingham Children’s Hospital is a world leader in paediatric healthcare with over 270,000 patient visits every year.

Delivering some of the most advanced treatments, complex surgical procedures and cutting edge research and development, in recent years the hospital’s reliance on charitable giving has increased as the Trust strives to deliver projects that go above and beyond NHS standards.

As a result, every patient and family at Birmingham Children’s Hospital will have been touched by the hospital’s charity in some way. Whether that is a newly refurbished playroom or ward, a state-of-the-art piece of equipment or even a toy at Christmas.

But the impact of fundraising on patient experience is much more than purely financial – it makes a real difference to the services it provides to children and their families during difficult times, pushing boundaries and improving standards of excellence in research, education, treatment and patient experience in order to provide the very best for the children and families in its care.

For more information on Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, please visit www.bch.org.uk.

 

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loiscordelia@gmail.com (Loïs Cordelia) acrylics art bears birmingham live art demo lois cordelia martineau place pigs gone wild speed-painting sunbears taj mahal the big sleuth utsav wild in art http://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2017/5/behind-the-scenes-painting-a-bear-for-birmingham Thu, 18 May 2017 22:25:11 GMT
Metamorphosis Speed-Painting for Woodbridge Art Club http://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2017/5/metamorphosis-speed-painting-for-woodbridge-art-club As part of her popular series of speed-painting demonstrations, Lois Cordelia particularly enjoys the challenge of creatively re-imagining an existing canvas, that is to say, not simply obliterating the original image, but exploiting its potential to contribute expressively and aesthetically to a new work. On Wednesday 3rd May 2017, Lois Cordelia performed two live speed-painting demonstrations for the renowned Woodbridge Art Club in Suffolk, painting over unlikely choices of existing imagery on canvas.
For her first demonstration (25 minutes, including commentary), she chose a photographic canvas print of a Buddha statue with candles, which suggested themes of peace, harmony and the balance of light and dark. Hence she decided to paint a woodland scene over it, evoking similar themes.


For her second 45 minute demo, Lois chose a very different photographic canvas print, of colourful and intricately patterned Moroccan bowls. This striking background suggested themes of liveliness and vibrant energy. She swiftly superimposed a portrait of reggae icon Bob Marley, completed within 45 minutes.

Loosely basing her work on black and white photo references, Lois simultaneously reinterprets both the photograph and the canvas, so that the end result is not only a creative fusion of the two images, but also a metamorphosis in its own right. Lois emphasises that this process relies on a fluid, flexible approach to painting, allowing parts of the original image to remain and contribute in unexpected ways.

A photographic series of work in progress is featured below. Special thanks to Iris Howard for taking photographs.

 

Just about to start...









After about 25 minutes:


Next choice of canvas for metamorphosis treatment: Moroccan bowls.


First brushstrokes are the most important...








After 45 minutes:


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Ipswich artist Lois Cordelia paints a SunBear for Birmingham trail http://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2017/5/ipswich-artist-lois-cordelia-paints-a-sunbear-for-birmingham-trail Ipswich artist Lois Cordelia hit the local headlines last Summer for her golden pig, Pig-geswyk, which formed part of the Ipswich Pigs Gone Wild trail. Lois has since gone on to secure two further Wild in Art commissions, including a Jane Austen inspired BookBench (for Sitting With Jane, Basingstoke) and most recently a giant SunBear, which will be on public display for 10-weeks this summer (July to September 2017) as part of another free public art trail in Birmingham: The Big Sleuth.

 

Presented by Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity and creative producers Wild in Art, The Big Sleuth will see up to 100 giant bear statues (and bear cubs created by schools and young people) leave their paw prints throughout the city and all over the West Midlands before being auctioned in mid October 2017 to raise money for the charity. The individually designed sculptures (165 cm tall) will appear throughout Birmingham this Summer, inspiring residents and tourists alike to uncover its cultural gems and discover areas they may not have explored before.


Birmingham will be known as Bear-mingham in 2017. The trail goes live on Monday 10th July.

 

The sun bear (Helarctos Malayanus), also called the "honey bear" for its love of honey, is the smallest, least familiar and among the rarest of all bear species, native to tropical forest habitats of Southeast Asia. It is easily recognised by the crescent shaped patch of paler fur on its breast. It is classified as Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The Big Sleuth, so named because 'sleuth' is the collective noun for a group of bears, is the highly-anticipated sequel to Birmingham’s The Big Hoot, which attracted more than 800,000 visitors in 2015 and raised over £625,000 in total for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity. The term 'sleuth' also refers to a detective, which is most appropriate for an art trail that encourages visitors to explore and investigate their surroundings in more detail.

This second free public art trail is expected to attract thousands of local, regional and national visitors to the city.

 

Lois Cordelia’s design for The Big Sleuth is called "Taj Mahal by Sun and Moon" and is inspired by one of the major themes chosen for the 2017 trail to mark the 70th anniversary of Indian Independence as well as Birmingham City Council's Year of South Asian Culture (Utsav). In the context of these themes, the regal, grounded stance and cosmic theme of the SunBear suggested to Lois the monumental motif of the Taj Mahal, which has frequently featured in her speed-painting. Visitors to one of India's best known architectural landmarks often remark that the Taj Mahal is as beautiful by moonlight as it is by day, maybe more so.

Lois' design is generously sponsored by Martineau Place shopping centre in the heart of the city of Birmingham.
 

N.B. Lois's design for The Big Sleuth, "Taj Mahal by Sun and Moon" cannot be publicly revealed in full until the trail goes live in July 2017, but stay tuned for behind-the-scenes glimpses...! :-)

Lois is very excited to be embarking on her third Wild in Art adventure. She gains a growing reputation as a "speed-painter" working fearlessly in public, performing live art demonstrations in a wide range of venues. Notably within the context of Wild in Art, she painted her pig, Pig-geswyk, within 2 days, and her BookBench, 'Look Upon Verdure', in the space of 4.5 hours, talking to dozens of visitors as she worked. Lois will travel to Birmingham on 15th May 2017 to paint her design onto a blank Bear statue and plans to complete the entire paintwork within one day, and the varnishing the next. (N.B. Sadly, on this occasion, the allocated painting space in Birmingham city centre will not be on public view, but Lois will record her progress via a series of photographs, timelapse and video footage, to be released as soon as the trail goes live in July.) Despite being known as a "speed-painter", Lois comments that she never sees painting as a race against the clock. She simply prefers to work swiftly, painting from the shoulder with a big brush and acrylics to create sweeping lines full of movement and energy, even within an apparently static subject matter such as the majestic monument of the Taj Mahal. Her favourite motto is: Less is more.

Lois's paintings often feature shimmering, iridescent and metallic colours, which catch the light in unexpected ways as the viewer walks by. Her pig Pig-geswyk featured twin townscapes of her hometown of Ipswich, rendered in metallic gold and bronze paints, which aptly earned it the epithet of "Shimmering Pig-geswyk" in the local press
. Lois's design for Birmingham's The Big Sleuth will similarly feature iridescent paints to evoke the beauty of the "Taj Mahal by Sun and Moon".

Below: Lois Cordelia crouches beside Pig-geswyk, Ipswich, June 2016.

Follow: @LoisCordelia @TheBigSleuth #TheBigSleuth @Wild_in_Art

 

The Big Sleuth is the second mass-participation public arts event to take place in Birmingham.

Sally-Ann Wilkinson, Director of Wild in Art said: “We’re delighted to have some incredibly talented artists involved in The Big Sleuth and we’re so excited to see their creations on the trail this summer. The project transforms streets, parks and public spaces into a fun, free art gallery taking people on a creative journey around Birmingham.”

Elinor Eustace, Deputy Director of Fundraising at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity said: “The Big Sleuth is really important to Birmingham Children’s Hospital as not only will it bring visitors into our fantastic city from all over the UK, but we also hope to raise over half a million pounds to support the pioneering work we do here every day.”

To find out more visit www.thebigsleuth.co.uk

 

Wild in Art
@Wild_in_Art

Wild in Art is one of the leading creative producers of spectacular, mass-appeal public art events which bring together business and creative sectors with schools and local communities to create a shared experience that supports the host city’s sense of identity, its economy and environment, and showcases its creativity and innovation.

Since 2008 Wild in Art has animated cities across the world including Sydney, Melbourne, Cape Town and São Paulo and created trails for the London 2012 Olympics, the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Historic Royal Palaces and Aardman Animations.

Wild in Art events have:

Attracted over 6 million additional visitors to host cities across the UK and worldwide
Contributed over £1.2m to local creative communities
Enabled over £8m to be raised for charitable causes
Engaged over 80,000 young people in creative programmes
For further information about Wild in Art visit www.wildinart.co.uk


Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity
One of just four standalone children’s hospitals in the UK, Birmingham Children’s Hospital is a world leader in paediatric healthcare with over 270,000 patient visits every year.

Delivering some of the most advanced treatments, complex surgical procedures and cutting edge research and development, in recent years the hospital’s reliance on charitable giving has increased as the Trust strives to deliver projects that go above and beyond NHS standards.

As a result, every patient and family at Birmingham Children’s Hospital will have been touched by the hospital’s charity in some way. Whether that is a newly refurbished playroom or ward, a state-of-the-art piece of equipment or even a toy at Christmas.

But the impact of fundraising on patient experience is much more than purely financial – it makes a real difference to the services it provides to children and their families during difficult times, pushing boundaries and improving standards of excellence in research, education, treatment and patient experience in order to provide the very best for the children and families in its care.

For more information on Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, please visit www.bch.org.uk.

 

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loiscordelia@gmail.com (Loïs Cordelia) acrylics art bears birmingham exhibition india indian independence live art demo lois cordelia pigs gone wild speed-painting sun bears taj mahal the big sleuth utsav west midlands wild in art year of south asian culture http://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2017/5/ipswich-artist-lois-cordelia-paints-a-sunbear-for-birmingham-trail Tue, 02 May 2017 23:32:18 GMT
Ipswich "Malka" Launch raises £1000 for Suffolk Refugee Support http://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2017/5/ipswich-malka-launch The official Ipswich launch of a short film, Malka, by Stefan Freedman and Lois Cordelia has raised more than £1000 for Suffolk Refugee Support. Malka is a short non-profit film that aims to reach out to the public and promote empathy and understanding of refugees, seen through the eyes of a child.


The launch event on Friday 28th April featured a rich and varied programme, including an introductory talk by Ian Stewart of Suffolk Refugee Support, three screenings of Malka with and without subtitles, an exhibition and live speed-painting demonstration by artist Lois Cordelia, and live traditional Eastern European music and dance with an 11-piece band that included all of the original Malka musicians. Stefan and Lois spoke about some of the inspiring stories behind their local creative collaboration, and Lois also donated one of her paintings for a silent art auction. Additionally, there was circle dancing and a generous buffet meal.



The event was generously co-hosted by the award-winning Ipswich theatre group Red Rose Chain, whose ethos closely matches that of the Malka project: "Many of our practitioners and volunteers are those whose lives have been turned around by Red Rose Chain. We believe in change and have created a finely balanced, welcoming and creative environment which nurtures our participants, builds their self-esteem and radically improves their life."



Ipswich artist Lois Cordelia performed two live speed-painting demonstrations as part of the evening, painting along with the live music, to evoke the spirit of the film. The Malka launch also featured an exhibition of some of Lois' artwork for the film. A silent art auction raised £250 (a quarter of the total raised by the event).


"Malka" is a short film (4 m 52 s) dedicated to refugee children everywhere, evoking the journey of a young girl refugee, Malka, and her mother across wilderness and hardship in search of safety. The film features haunting acoustic music and lyrics by Stefan Freedman, accompanied by atmospheric mixed media illustrations by Lois Cordelia. The film in its entirety can be viewed here. Public sharing of the film is encouraged.

Responses to Malka

The film has already been circulated widely on the Internet and social media, inspiring a wealth of heartfelt and emotional responses, such as the following:

 

"Fascinating, astounding, haunting, very beautiful. An amazing venture for a great cause. A phrase that springs to mind: 'a modern Gesamtkunstwerk' of real beauty."
 

"I love this video. Through it I have felt the plight of refugees in a way that no amount of other media coverage could have done. Well done to all who have been involved in making it."
 

Stefan Freedman remarks: "The feedback from many people is passionate, nuanced and strongly affirming. My brother's (face-to-face) was the most surprising of all to me. He said that of all the creative projects over the years this one had gone furthest. Emotionally powerful and professionally impressive."

 

The development and future of Malka

Stefan Freedman was travelling on a train a few years ago when the idea for Malka first came to him. The music that began to flow together in his mind was originally inspired by a traditional Bulgarian folk tune. Stefan shaped his own lyrics to fit the music, evoking the words of a refugee mother to her young daughter, Malka, seeking to reassure her in the midst of unfamiliarity and confusion.
 

In Stefan's words:

"When Adrian [Lush] first urged me to record 'Malka' it was simply because he felt it was an exceptional song. We liked the idea of putting it on YouTube to share with friends.

"Once Lois started producing artwork, so captivating and emotive, I realised that the narrative needed exactly the right voice with an equal power. So delighted that my first choice vocalist, Sebastiana, was willing to come from Norwich to record with us.

"Once finished, the creative project seemed to merit an 'unveiling'. ... The unofficial one (for friends) was at the Ipswich Quakers on 17th March 2017, and the official open-to-public one was at the Red Rose Chain's Avenue theatre on 28th April. Combining the first public showing with a talk from SRS, entertainments and a meal - as a fundraiser for refugees - seemed to follow on naturally. I can't now recall who first suggested it or when, but how could it have been otherwise? Malka seems to have a life of her own!

"I couldn't in my wildest dreams have imagined the event raising over £1,000 for SRS. Very thrilled about this result. Big heartfelt congratulations to all involved.

"What happens next? The Malka video has the potential to serve in three ways. It touches people and creates empathy (even people like my brother who generally is not sympathetic with the refugee cause!). The artwork and music contain nuances, symbolism and many layers which provide an excellent stimulus for discussion. And as we've discovered and proven it can be the focus around which effective fundraising can be arranged." (- Stefan Freedman, May 2017)

Stefan is a teacher of traditional, sacred and circle dance, travelling worldwide to lead workshops and other events incorporating live music and displays. His dances use evocative music from all continents.

A smaller follow-up fundraising event is already scheduled for Sunday 16th July 2017 (17:00 - 19:00) at the Angel Cafe in Diss, Norfolk.

 

Thank You

Stefan and Lois wish to extend heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in making the Ipswich launch event a success, including all musicians and support, everyone who attended and bought tickets for the launch event, helped out with catering, promotion, press, radio and media coverage, ticket sales and facilities, sold copies of Malka on DVD, gave talks, assisted with transport and set-up, and everyone who bid in the silent auction. Special thanks go to Joanna Carrick for agreeing to co-host the event at Red Rose Chain.






 

Music
The music for Malka features the distinctive voice of Czech singer Sebastiana Black (based in Norwich), accompanied by a haunting mix of sounds created by various ancient musical instruments including the sackbut, shawm, bass viol and bowed psaltery. Musicians Stefan Freedman, Adrian Lush and Andy Mapplebeck are all Ipswich-based.

Below: Czech singer Sebastiana Black (lead vocals)

Below: Left to right: Andy Mapplebeck, Stefan Freedman, Adrian Lush, Lois Cordelia, January 2017. Photo credit: Tony Mounter.


Above: Left to right: Andy Mapplebeck, Stefan Freedman. Photo credit: Tony Mounter.

Above: Stefan Freedman, Adrian Lush. Photo credit: Tony Mounter.

Above: Stefan Freedman. Photo credit: Tony Mounter.

Above:  Left to right: Andy Mapplebeck, Stefan Freedman, Adrian Lush, Lois Cordelia, January 2017. Photo credit: Tony Mounter.

Lyrics


Malka

(dedicated to refugee children)
 

Storm winds whistle in the sky
Birds cry, flying helter-skelter
Malka, walk a little more
Though your feet are sore
While there is still some light to guide us
Sorrel soothes our tired feet
Lovage we can eat
Look out for somewhere they won't find us

"When will we be going home?"
Malka, our future is unknown
Each day we'll be moving on
Till the danger's gone
We're following a road to freedom
Sing once more your favourite song
Keep your spirit strong
Hold all your dreams until you need them

"When can I play with my friends?"
Malka, so many paths were taken
Strangers, unfamiliar words
Like migrating birds
That vanish over moonlit mountains
Some day in another land
We'll dance hand in hand
We'll wash our feet in sparkling fountains


Storm winds whistle in the sky
Birds cry, flying helter-skelter
Malka, walk a little more
Though your feet are sore
Tomorrow we'll have better weather
Soon we'll stop and build a fire
Burning with desire
That one day there'll be peace forever

© Stefan Freedman


Artwork
Ipswich-based artist Lois Cordelia began creating the artwork for Malka in May 2016. Over the following 6 months, she assembled a series of more than 60 visuals, inspired by Stefan's lyrics. Lois's mixed media illustrations combine painting, drawing, paper-cutting, brushpen, photography and digital effects, layered together to heighten the emotional intensity of each image.

One of the challenges that Lois faced was how to convey both the traumas and the aspirations of the young girl, Malka, in ways that touched people's emotions without being unbearably painful to watch. The film hints at the trials and hardships that Malka and her mother endure, but also plants seeds of hope for a brighter future.

Lois wanted her pictures to have a universal appeal, hence her depictions of Malka embrace various ages and different nationalities. She also emphasises the value of using creative activities as therapy for refugee children, suggesting how the young girl could express her memories of trauma through her own paintings. Remembering how to paint as a child was an important part of Lois's journey following in the footsteps of Malka.





 
 

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Cake, Coffee & Live Art, Blakenham Woodland Garden, Mon 1 May 2017 http://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2017/4/blakenham-woodland-garden-mon-1-may-2017 Anna Matthews of La Tour Cycle Cafe, Ipswich, will continue her popular series of pop-up coffee-shops at the stunning Blakenham Woodland Garden (at Little Blakenham, 4 miles north west of Ipswich) over the Bank Holiday weekend: Sunday 30th April and Monday 1st May 2017, as part of the National Open Gardens Scheme (NGS).

On the Bank Holiday Monday 1st May, she will be joined by Ipswich artist Lois Cordelia, who will perform live speed-art demonstrations throughout the day.

Covering 6 acres, Blakenham Woodland Garden is a glorious combination of traditional English woodland and many exotic trees, flowers and shrubs, planted over a period of 50 years, as well as Chinese rocks and landscape sculpture. From early daffodils and drifts of bluebells to rare magnolias and camellias, the garden offers an ever-changing pattern of colours and scents throughout spring and early summer.

What more idyllic backdrop could you want for enjoying your cake and coffee, with the chance to watch live art in progress, too - hope you can join us! There will also be garden plants for sale.

Location - see map below for directions:
Blakenham Woodland Garden
Little Blakenham,
Ipswich,
Suffolk IP8 4LZ
Date: May Bank Holiday Weekend (Sunday 30th April and Monday 1st May 2017)
N.B. Live art demonstration will be on the Monday only.
Live art demo times: 10.30 am - 3.00 pm
Pop-up coffee-shop: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm

Admission: £4. Children: £2.

Sunlit Woodland (35 minutes speed-painting)Sunlit Woodland (35 minutes speed-painting)Acrylic on board
80 x 60 cm. 11th February 2017

Woodland Night Sky (40 minutes speed-painting)Woodland Night Sky (40 minutes speed-painting)80 x 60 cm
Oct 2016
Acrylic on board

Below: Lois Cordelia (Ipswich artist) and Anna Matthews (proprietor, La Tour Cycle Cafe, Ipswich) have previously collaborated on a number of community-inspired creative art projects.









 

Blakenham Woodland Garden
Little Blakenham,
Ipswich,
Suffolk IP8 4LZ

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BBC Radio Suffolk: Stefan Freedman & Lois Cordelia, 9th April 2017 http://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2017/4/bbc-radio-suffolk-stefan-freedman-lois-cordelia-9th-april-2017 Jon Wright recently interviewed Stefan Freedman and Lois Cordelia for BBC Radio Suffolk about their film-music-art collaboration on "Malka". Jon's interview will be broadcast as part of his early morning show on Sunday 9th April. You can tune in on 95.5 FM/104.6 FM and on Digital, via the website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p018z672, from 06.00 - 09.00, or catch up later on 'Listen Again'.

"Malka" is a short film (4 m 52 s) dedicated to refugee children everywhere, evoking the journey of a young girl refugee, Malka, and her mother across wilderness and hardship in search of safety. The film features haunting acoustic music and lyrics by Stefan Freedman, accompanied by atmospheric mixed media illustrations by Lois Cordelia. The film in its entirety can be viewed here. Public sharing of the film is encouraged. Malka is a non-profit film that aims to reach out to the public and promote empathy and understanding of refugees, seen through the eyes of a child.

Save the date! Friday 28th April 2017, 19:00 - 22:00, at Red Rose Chain, Gippeswyk Hall, Ipswich. Tickets are now on sale for the official Ipswich launch event of a unique collaboration between local creatives Stefan Freedman and Lois Cordelia. *** Book now: 01473 603388 or redrosechain.com/tickets ***

Learn more about "Malka" here: http://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2017/3/malka



Below: A few of Lois's mixed-media artwork visuals for the short film.



Below
: Stefan Freedman (second from left) and Lois Cordelia (far right) are joined by fellow Ipswich-based musicians Andy Mapplebeck (far left) and Adrian Lush (second from right), making up the musical and visual soundscape for "Malka".

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Ipswich Launch of "Malka" supports Suffolk Refugees, Fri 28 April http://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2017/3/malka *** Book now: 01473 603388 or redrosechain.com/tickets ***

Save the date! Friday 28th April 2017, 19:00 - 22:00, at Red Rose Chain, Gippeswyk Hall, Ipswich. Tickets are now on sale for the official Ipswich launch event of a unique collaboration between local creatives Stefan Freedman and Lois Cordelia.

"Malka" is a short film (4 m 52 s) dedicated to refugee children everywhere,
evoking the journey of a young girl refugee, Malka, and her mother across wilderness and hardship in search of safety. The film features haunting acoustic music and lyrics by Stefan Freedman, accompanied by atmospheric mixed media illustrations by Lois Cordelia. The film in its entirety can be viewed here. Public sharing of the film is encouraged.

The official launch event on Friday 28th April will reveal many of the inspiring stories behind this collaboration as well as raising vital funds for Suffolk Refugee Support. The evening will feature a rich and varied programme, including an introductory talk by Suffolk Refugee Support, two screenings of Malka with and without subtitles, an exhibition and live speed-painting by artist Lois Cordelia, and live traditional Eastern European music and dance.

The event is being generously co-hosted by the award-winning Ipswich theatre group Red Rose Chain, whose ethos closely matches that of the Malka project: "Many of our practitioners and volunteers are those whose lives have been turned around by Red Rose Chain. We believe in change and have created a finely balanced, welcoming and creative environment which nurtures our participants, builds their self-esteem and radically improves their life."

Malka is a non-profit film that aims to reach out to the public and promote empathy and understanding of refugees, seen through the eyes of a child.



Stefan Freedman was travelling on a train a few years ago when the idea for Malka first came to him. The music that began to flow together in his mind was originally inspired by a traditional Bulgarian folk tune. Stefan shaped his own lyrics to fit the music, evoking the words of a refugee mother to her young daughter, Malka, seeking to reassure her in the midst of unfamiliarity and confusion.

Stefan is a teacher of traditional, sacred and circle dance, travelling worldwide to lead workshops and other events incorporating live music and displays. His dances use evocative music from all continents.





Artwork

Ipswich-based artist Lois Cordelia began creating the artwork for Malka in May 2016. Over the following 6 months, she assembled a series of more than 60 visuals, inspired by Stefan's lyrics. Lois's mixed media illustrations combine painting, drawing, paper-cutting, brushpen, photography and digital effects, layered together to heighten the emotional intensity of each image.

One of the challenges that Lois faced was how to convey both the traumas and the aspirations of the young girl, Malka, in ways that touched people's emotions without being unbearably painful to watch. The film hints at the trials and hardships that Malka and her mother endure, but also plants seeds of hope for a brighter future.

Lois wanted her pictures to have a universal appeal, hence her depictions of Malka embrace various ages and different nationalities. She also emphasises the value of using creative activities as therapy for refugee children, suggesting how the young girl could express her memories of trauma through her own paintings. Remembering how to paint as a child was an important part of Lois's journey following in the footsteps of Malka.




Music
The music for Malka features the distinctive voice of Czech singer Sebastiana Black (based in Norwich), accompanied by a haunting mix of sounds created by various ancient musical instruments including the sackbut, shawm, bass viol and bowed psaltery. Musicians Stefan Freedman, Adrian Lush and Andy Mapplebeck are all Ipswich-based.

Below: Czech singer Sebastiana Black (lead vocals)

Below: Left to right: Andy Mapplebeck, Stefan Freedman, Adrian Lush, Lois Cordelia, January 2017. Photo credit: Tony Mounter.


Above: Left to right: Andy Mapplebeck, Stefan Freedman. Photo credit: Tony Mounter.

Above: Stefan Freedman, Adrian Lush. Photo credit: Tony Mounter.

Above: Stefan Freedman. Photo credit: Tony Mounter.

Above:  Left to right: Andy Mapplebeck, Stefan Freedman, Adrian Lush, Lois Cordelia, January 2017. Photo credit: Tony Mounter.

Lyrics


Malka

(dedicated to refugee children)
 

Storm winds whistle in the sky
Birds cry, flying helter-skelter
Malka, walk a little more
Though your feet are sore
While there is still some light to guide us
Sorrel soothes our tired feet
Lovage we can eat
Look out for somewhere they won't find us

"When will we be going home?"
Malka, our future is unknown
Each day we'll be moving on
Till the danger's gone
We're following a road to freedom
Sing once more your favourite song
Keep your spirit strong
Hold all your dreams until you need them

"When can I play with my friends?"
Malka, so many paths were taken
Strangers, unfamiliar words
Like migrating birds
That vanish over moonlit mountains
Some day in another land
We'll dance hand in hand
We'll wash our feet in sparkling fountains


Storm winds whistle in the sky
Birds cry, flying helter-skelter
Malka, walk a little more
Though your feet are sore
Tomorrow we'll have better weather
Soon we'll stop and build a fire
Burning with desire
That one day there'll be peace forever

© Stefan Freedman
 

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Art & Spirituality Interfaith Forum, meeting monthly in Ipswich http://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2017/3/art-spirituality-interfaith-forum-meeting-monthly-in-ipswich Why not come along and join our monthly Ipswich-based Interfaith "Art & Spirituality" discussion forum: a friendly, informal, inclusive group that exists to share ideas about the expression of spirituality through visual art and poetry.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ArtandSpirituality

Our next Art & Spirituality group discussion will take place on Tuesday 11th April 2017, 10.30 am - 12.00 noon, when Charlotte Stewart will present a richly illustrated talk: Colour in the context of Art and Spirituality.

"Colour is beyond words. In the same way that many of our spiritual awarenesses are literally indescribable, so the relationships between colours can be deeply meaningful. For me a colour relationship can have a great significance, in the same way that music can reach into our souls, without words. I will look briefly at the science of colour in relation to vision, because at the time when I began to look seriously at the way colour works in our vision and brains and souls, that is what I studied. Then I hope we can just enjoy looking at images and discussing the idea of colour and spirituality."


10.30 am - 12.00 noon, at the beautifully refurbished Quay Place (St Mary at the Quay Church), Key Street, Ipswich IP4 1BZ.

A warm welcome awaits you!

The Ipswich based Art and Spirituality forum was founded in Autumn 2013 by Cynthia Capey, affiliated to SIFRE (Suffolk Inter-Faith REsource).
 

We meet on the second Tuesday of the month, 10.00 am - 12.00 noon, at Quay Place (St Mary at the Quay Church), Key Street, Ipswich IP4 1BZ. Tel. 01473 569696

We welcome anyone who would join us in this open-minded, non-judgemental spirit. Please contact the group facilitator Loïs Cordelia (contact details below) to be kept informed of monthly meetings, proposed topics for discussion, and special group lectures and events.
 

We meet shortly before 10.30 am in the cafe area (White's Cafe), inside Quay Place, before moving to one of the available rooms.
 

Parking is available (pay and display: £1.40 for 2 hours) in the car park outside the church, accessible via Foundation Street, from Star Lane.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ArtandSpirituality

 

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 Group Coordinator: Charlotte Stewart
 Group Facilitator: Loïs Cordelia - LoisCordelia@gmail.com 07949042115 www.LoisCordelia.com


 


Recent topics of discussion and guest lectures:

Tuesday 14th March 2017: Robert Kensit presented part 2 of his illustrated talk: Journey of a Pagan Artist - Fylfots and other shapes.

"Starting with the ancient design most people know as the swastika, for the past few months I have experimented with designs to reclaim it as a good and fruitful symbol. This has led me to creating increasingly fluid and abstracted images, drawing inspiration from Jackson Pollock, psychedelia and fractal geometry." ~ Robert Kensit



Tuesday, 10th January 2017: Stars, Planets and Constellations in the context of Art and Spirituality.

Why has humankind always been so fascinated by the stars and planets? How have different cultures and their artists interpreted them, and how have these images prevailed and transformed in the modern "scientific" consciousness? How relevant are they to us today?

 

Tuesday, 13th December 2016: Caroline Mackenzie (artist and sculptor) presented a talk: The Trinity – an interfaith approach.

Caroline will bring a terracotta sculpture in which she interprets the doctrine of the Trinity from a Christian perspective that draws on insights from psychology and Hinduism. Caroline will then speak about the sculpture in relation to Sarah Coakley’s book “God Sexuality and the Self: an essay on the Trinity”. This will be followed by general discussion on triads, triangles, triptyches and so on and their significance in the context of art and spirituality.

 

Tuesday 8th November 2016, 10.30 am - 12.00 noon: Art, Spirituality and the Environment
How does environmental art affect us emotionally, intellectually and spiritually? How far back can we trace environmental art? How do contemporary visual artists convey the fragility of ecological balance, the impending threat of environmental disaster, and the urgency of action? How do spiritual and religious traditions respond to this call to action?
"The Earth without Art is just 'Eh'."
(- Anon)

Tuesday 11th October, 2016: Our guest speaker Robert Kensit presented a talk: Journey of a Pagan Artist (part 1)
 
 

Tuesday, 14th June 2016: "The Spirit of Paper-Cutting" - a richly illustrated talk by Lois Cordelia

 
To set paper-cutting in context, we'll begin with a brief "world tour" of cut-paper traditions from around the globe. Lois will introduce a few examples of her own work, before reflecting on the significance of paper as a medium (as opposed to simply a "canvas") for art. In opening up to discussion, we'll consider what appeals to us about paper-cutting, and how it can express and symbolise spiritual aspirations.

"
A piece of paper can be a powerful presence."
(- Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey.)

Photo credit: Emily

Tuesday, 10th May 2016: Dance in the context of Art and Spirituality.

How do we define "dance", and in what ways do we connect it with spirituality? How have artists across the centuries and in different parts of the world interpreted dance through visual art? What does dance mean to us on a personal level?

"I would believe only in a God that knows how to dance."
(- Friedrich Nietszche.)
David's DanceDavid's DanceTitle: David's Dance
Medium: Silhouette paper-cut. Cut by hand using a scalpel.
Dimensions: Approx. 35 x 50 cm
Date: July 2014


David's Dance


Silhouette paper-cut, cut by hand using a scalpel. 2014

Inspired by the biblical verse: “And David danced before the LORD with all his might”
(2 Samuel, chapter 6 verse 14).

King David throws his heart, soul and body into the ecstatic throes of the dance. An energetic freehand sketch conveys the intense, almost violent energy of the dancer. The very nerves, sinews and fibres of his body threaten to unravel and disintegrate, yet he throws himself fearlessly into the unknown. Through his dance, David celebrates the human body, yet remains painfully aware of its fragility.

“You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.”
~ Friedrich Nietzsche


Price: SOLD. In the collection of the CO3 Art Gallery, Colchester.

Tuesday, 12th April 2016, 1.30 - 3.00 pm: Change, Metamorphosis, Transformation, Transfiguration

Do we personally embrace or resist the fluidity of change? How does art on the theme of metamorphosis affect us on an emotional level, and why? How have artists over the centuries evoked dynamic processes of transformation and transfiguration through static visual art mediums?
"Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly."
(- Anon.)

Metamorphosis of the Heart (Arabic: My Heart has become capable of every form)Metamorphosis of the Heart (Arabic: My Heart has become capable of every form)Metamorphosis of the Heart (Arabic: My Heart has become capable of every form)

Medium: Silhouette paper-cut. Cut by hand using a scalpel.

Dimensions: Approximately A3. 420 x 297 mm

Date: October 2009

Comments:
From imagination.

This piece incorporates the mirrored Arabic script of a line of devotional poetry by the Sufi mystic Ibn Arabi (1165-1240 AD):

"My Heart has become capable of (literally: a mould for) every form" (Arabic: laqad sara qalby qabilan kulla soratin")

Like the humble caterpillar that must be transformed into a beautiful butterfly, so the human soul must undergo countless metamorphoses in order to contain the infinitely fluid form of the Divine.

Please contact Lois to purchase prints, or to commission similar work.



Price: £SOLD. In a private collection in Edinburgh, UK.

Tuesday, 9th February 2016: Guest speaker Norman Sanders speaks on the theme of "Mathematics and Art - How Renaissance Artists found the Sacred in the Maths and Geometry of the Ancient Greeks". 
How do artists use mathematics, mathematical tools and symbols in their work, and how do we respond, emotionally and intellectually? How does mathematical art inspire the viewer to perceive beauty and order, to question the levels of reality, to contemplate the place of the human being in relation to the rest of the universe, and to evoke the sacred and the infinite?
"Are you really sure that a floor can't also be a ceiling?"
 (- M. C. Escher)


Tuesday 12th January, 2016: "Sun, Moon and Stars: Cosmic and Celestial Imagery in Art"
How have artists responded to this theme across the centuries? What colours, symbols and imagery have they chosen to convey their visions, and what feelings do these inspire in us? How do such interpretations of the cosmos relate to our personal or universal world view, and to the world of modern science?
"One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star."
(- Friedrich Nietzsche)

To the StarsTo the StarsTitle: To the Stars
Medium: Cut-paper, Photography, Mixed Media
Date: Summer 2014

Part of a series of illustrations for CD album artwork

 

Tuesday 10th November 2015: The Macabre in Art
What do we understand by "the macabre"? What fascinates and/or repels us about the macabre? How do artists respond to this theme through visual art, imagery, symbols and poetry, and what emotions do these evoke in us?
"There is no exquisite beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion."
(~ Francis Bacon, Essays (1625), Of Beauty.)

Grain by GrainGrain by GrainOne of a series of cut-paper and mixed media illustrations for Habu's album, "Infinite", released April 29th 2016.



Tuesday 13th October 2015: Angels in Art
 

What do we understand or mean by "Angels"? How have artists' depictions of angels evolved across the centuries, and why? What is special about angels (wings, haloes, light, colour, etc), and why do they fascinate artists? How are contemporary artists reinterpreting angels for postmodern, post-religious viewers?
Ikarus (Icarus)Ikarus (Icarus)Icarus

Illustration for Michael Pilath's poem Ikarus, as part of the SternenBlick German anthology, Zwischen den Wolken (Mattner, 2016)

Mixed media. November 2015.

Michael Pilath's poem Ikarus spoke to me particularly. I found it compelling in the way that it evokes the ambiguity of an unresolved love story. The imagined bliss of union with the beloved is set in sharp contrast with the agony of falling back into reality, by alluding to the mythical story of Icarus, who famously flew too near the Sun and fell to his death. Icarus is generally seen as a tragic victim of his own reckless ambition, but on another level he may be seen as one whose heroic passion culminates in a form of divine transformation or transfiguration: like every superstar who dies 'tragically' young in the pursuit of some glittering ecstatic vision that goes beyond the strength of his physical body to sustain, he falls into glory and becomes a legend. In Pilath's poem, our hero picks himself up and re-draws his own wings in thought, in order to soar hopefully upwards anew. In my illustration for the poem, I wanted to depict a dramatic figure caught in motion, torn between agony and ecstasy. My initial free-flowing sketch becomes a crisply defined paper-cut design, in which spikey, scribbled lines suggest intense feeling, yet potential disintegration. Elongated limbs and fingers yearn to stretch beyond the confines of the physical frame.

 

Tuesday, 9th June 2015: Heaven and Hell
 

The concepts of Heaven and Hell seem to exist in many religions, and have been depicted by artists across the centuries. How does this imagery relate to our own faith, if we have one? Is it still relevant to us today? What sort of emotive response does it produce in us? How do contemporary artists interpret such themes? Please feel free to bring along some images, pictures, artwork, and so on, to share with us all.

“The mind is its own place, and in itself
 Can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven”
~ John Milton (from Paradise Lost)

 

Tuesday, 12th May 2015: Special Guest Lecture by Dr. Chinmayi Nath: "Self-help, self-realisation and self-stabilisation in Spirituality".
 

Tuesday, 14th April 2015: Sacred Places
 

What makes a place sacred? We will consider churches, temples, trees, mountains, henges, ... the human mind and heart - what are your ideas? Feel free to bring relevant imagery, artwork, and poetry to share and discuss.
"Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again."
 (~ Joseph Campbell)

Sacred SpaceSacred SpaceSacred Space

Medium: Three dimensional silhouette paper-cut. Cut by hand using a scalpel.

Dimensions: Height approx. 25 cm, depth approx. 20 cm, width approx. 25 cm when opened.

Date: Summer 2007

Comments:
From imagination.

Please contact Lois to purchase prints, or to commission similar work.



Price: £SOLD. In a private collection in Ipswich, England.

 

Tuesday, 10th March 2015: Special Talk and Presentation by collage artist Dale Mann: “Eve as Victim, Icon and Superstar”
 

Tuesday, 10th February 2015: Special Guest Lecture by Caroline Mackenzie, "The Boundaries of the Sacred" - The Image of Woman in Hindu, Christian and Secular (Western) Art.
 

Tuesday, 13th January 2015: "New Beginnings"
 

With the start of a new year, we will be discussing the interrelated themes of new beginnings and rebirth, with a particular focus on the symbols that different cultures have chosen to express these ideas, including, but not limited to: The Phoenix, Janus ("January"), the Butterfly, Celtic Knots, Lotus Flowers, and so on.

Phoenix RisingPhoenix RisingMedium: Silhouette paper-cut. Cut by hand using a scalpel.

Dimensions: Approximately A4. 297 x 210 mm

Date: Autumn 2006

Comments:
From imagination.

The phoenix is the mythical bird that periodically burns itself to death
on its own funeral pyre before rising rejuvenated from the ashes. It may
symbolise the immortal human soul, constantly reborn.

Please contact Lois to purchase prints, or to commission similar work.



Price: SOLD. In a private collection in London, England.

 

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Delivering 6 Ducks for Grand Norwich Duck Race http://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2017/3/delivering-6-ducks-for-grand-norwich-duck-race Follow @LoisCordelia @Amberdreams @breakwriter @norwichduckrace #ducktransformation

Two Ipswich artists, Anne-Marie Byrne and Lois Cordelia, have each transformed and delivered a trio of Ducks for the sixth annual Grand Norwich Duck Race (Sunday 27th August 2017).

Both Anne-Marie and Lois previously painted a pig for the Ipswich Pigs Gone Wild 2016 trail, through which they met and became friends. Between them, they have since gone on to secure a number of further Wild in Art commissions, including a BookBench, a Lion, and three SunBears. The Norwich Duck Race is not part of Wild in Art, but works in a similar way: each duck is painted or otherwise decorated and transformed by an artist (#ducktransformation), sponsored by a company to take part in the race, and then sold after the race, all to raise vital funds and awareness for Break children's charity while benefiting local community groups, companies and individuals. The race is an exciting visual spectacle, as no two ducks are alike, floating from St George's Bridge to St Fye's Bridge, Norwich.

Anne-Marie Byrne and Lois Cordelia each offered to transform three giant ducks for Break.


Duck Tape and Cable-ties
All the ducks were generously delivered to the artists by Prospect Handling Ltd in large boxes sealed with Duck Tape (the high quality Duck brand of duct tape, available in a wide range of colours and patterns).

This inspired Lois to set herself the challenge of sculpting with duct tape onto the three ducks. In addition to duct tape, she used other utilitarian materials including cable-ties, galavanised steel wire, aluminium foil, kitchen scourers and engineering bricks (attached underneath each duck, purely for ballast) - all round, an unlikely choice of artist's materials.

Did you know...?


Duct tape is widely known for its superhero ability to fix, create or seal almost anything. Technically, it is an adhesive tape made using rubber-based glue and durable duck cloth, a heavy duty, tightly woven cotton or linen fabric, also known as duck canvas. It is also intriguing etymologically: duct tape was originally called duck tape, the name being derived from the Dutch term doek, "linen canvas", though it became better known as duct tape, as it was used extensively in ductwork.

Lois's first duct tape sculpture experiment (December 2016) was a bunch of roses, crafted using standard silver-grey tape and gardening wire. But as her sculpting method evolved to incorporate galvanised steel wire, aluminium foil and cable ties, her sculptures soon took on a more dramatic stance and she began re-imagining the three ducks as vehicles for miniature figures.

Each duck presented a number of structural challenges, including how to attach anything to the smooth surface, and how to make the sculptures lightweight, durable and - importantly - waterproof. Luckily, duct tape meets all of these criteria. After some trial and error, cable ties proved invaluable for attaching the sculptures to the ducks, and adding ballast preserved the ducks' stability, even when afloat.

Beware Assassin Duck!

#AssassinDuck
Lois's interest in archery (reinforced by her partner Jason's expertise in this field) suggested the theme for the first duck, inspired also by the competitive spirit of the Duck Race itself: an archer-assassin who rides the duck while turning and shooting at the same time in the traditional style of Mongolian horse-back archery. It was a fun challenge to juxtapose such a war-like figure with a child's bath toy. Lois combined gold metallic and cosmic patterned Duck Tape to create the assassin's clothes, playfully adding a few other colours in the arrow fletchings. The pair of swords in his sash are made of chopped up cable ties, wrapped in more Duck Tape. Beware: this duck is determined to shoot down every other duck in the race!



Bohemian Duck

#BohemianDuck
Lois was so impressed by the range of colours and patterns of duct tape manufactured by the Duck brand that these began to inspire sculpting ideas in themselves. Using brightly coloured rainbow, tie-dye and flowery patterns, Lois created a pair of chilled out bohemian figures, playing a guitar, in refreshing contrast to the martial imagery of the assassin. One or two additional sculpting materials were employed, including kitchen scourers and small metal charms and items of jewellery. All you need is Peace, Love and Duck Tape ;-)


 

Duck Lake Pas de Deux

#DuckLake
Lois's third duck proved the most ambitious of the three in practical terms of counterbalancing the top-heavy sculpture with sufficient ballast underneath the duck. The pair of ballet dancers was a challenge in themselves, one being held aloft by the other in a precarious balancing act. Yellow Duck Tape turned Swan Lake into Duck Lake. Lois incorporated the silver-grey roses that were her first venture into duct tape sculpture as part of the same duck design, to reinforce the romantic theme.






Bath-time!

Video evidence that my ducks really do float - even with engineering bricks as ballast strapped underneath! :-)


Ducktor Who, Captain Duck Rogers and Mandarin Duck
Anne-Marie Byrne's trio of ducks took on a very different set of characters. Using mostly acrylic paint (over several layers of primer, to help the paint adhere to the smooth surface of the ducks), plus some ingeniously improvised additions, and even a vintage Letraset. Anne-Marie also created her own handmade stencils of Chinese pictograms and symbols of good fortune for the bright gold adornments on Mandarin Duck.

3 Ducks on a Doorstep. From left to right: Captain Duck Rogers, Mandarin Duck, Ducktor Who, by Anne-Marie Byrne


Mandarin Duck, by Anne-Marie Byrne. (The caption on the cardboard box seems most appropriate!)


DuckShoot, Christchurch Park, Ipswich, 20th February 2017
Anne-Marie and Lois kept each other posted on their Duck progress, and eventually each completed their trio of ducks in March 2017. They met at the beautiful Sri Chinmoy pool in Christchurch Park, Ipswich, for a "DuckShoot" in late February, featuring three of their already completed ducks (below):







 

Duck Delivery: Norfolk Tweet-up, 16th March 2017
On Thursday 16th March 2017, Anne-Marie Byrne and Lois Cordelia carefully packed their ducks into carrier bags and travelled to Norwich by train to deliver their unusual cargo to
Break as part of the Norfolk Tweet-up (@NorfolkTweetup).


Below: 6 Ducks and a Hare... on their way to Norwich!

Hare in Leather Armour, by Jason Curtis

Also accompanying the six ducks on their journey to Norwich was a proud Hare in Leather Armour, created by expert leatherworker Jason Curtis (Lois Cordelia's partner). The Hare was much admired at the Tweet-up, especially as he looks forward to the Norwich GoGoHares 2018 trail.

Hare in Leather Armour (Armoured White Rabbit)Hare in Leather Armour (Armoured White Rabbit)


Here are some more photos from the Norfolk Tweet-up (@NorfolkTweetup
) Duck Display.


Ducktor Who, by Anne-Marie Byrne



Captain Duck Rogers, by Anne-Marie Byrne



Mandarin Duck, by Anne-Marie Byrne



Stay tuned for news of the Grand Norwich Duck Race on Sunday 27th August 2017...!

 

Did you know...?

There is a multitude of collective nouns for ducks, depending on whether the birds are on water, on land, or in flight. A group of ducks on the water (as in the Grand Norwich Duck Race) may be correctly termed a "raft", "team", or "paddling" of ducks. If they are on land, they are known as a "brace", or "badling" (or "badelynge"), and in the air they are called a "flock". Other words include a "flush", "bunch", "dopping", "plump", "safe", "skein", "sord" and "string". It would appear that ducks have acquired one of the richest arrays of colective nouns in the English language. The Duck brand certainly lives up to this colourful array!

@LoisCordelia @Amberdreams @breakwriter @norwichduckrace #ducktransformation

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Untutored Life Drawing, Ipswich - friendly, relaxed, informal http://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2017/3/new-untutored-life-drawing-class-ipswich A friendly, relaxed and informal untutored life drawing class is now running in Ipswich, Suffolk.
 

Monday/Thursday evening sessions - Thomas Wolsey Pub

We usually meet on specific weekday evenings (please check upcoming Monday/Thursday evening dates) upstairs at the atmospheric Thomas Wolsey pub, 9-13 St Peter's St, Ipswich IP1 1XF. Each class runs for 2 hours (6:30 pm - 8:30 pm), and costs only £6 (on condition that every attendee also purchases a drink from the bar downstairs). Poses usually vary in duration from 2 minutes to 25 minutes. We start with quick warm-up poses, and move on to progressively longer poses.

Sunday daytime sessions - La Tour Cycle Cafe

Due to popular demand, we have also started holding Sunday daytime sessions (10.30 am - 4.00 pm, with 4 hours drawing time, including longer 1 hour poses) at La Tour Cycle Cafe, Tower Street, Ipswich IP1 3BE. Please check upcoming dates.

 

Places are limited to a maximum of 10 artists, so sessions must be booked in advanceN.B. If you are unable to attend, you will still need to pay - this ensures that we can pay the model's fees, keep the class running and keep costs to a minimum. Thank you for your understanding. Please contact Kaz Garrad on 07938 434442 or kazchazz@hotmail.com to book a place, and for more information. Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ipswichlifedrawing/. Please share with others who may be interested.

 

List of Dates (will be updated accordingly):

Monday 22nd May 2017
Monday 15th May 2017
Sunday 7th May (2nd Anniversary session!)
Thursday 27th April 2017 (female model: Ali)

Sunday 23rd April 2017 (female model: Kaz)
Thursday 20th April 2017 (male model: Tim)
Thursday 13th April 2017 (female model: Esme)
Monday 3rd April 2017 (female model: Kaz)
Monday 27th March 2017 (female model: Sonia)
Monday 20th March 2017 (female model: Kaz)
Thursday 16th March 2017 (female model: Helen)
Thursday 9th March 2017 (male model: Colin)
Monday 27th February 2017 (male model: Tony)
Monday 20th February 2017 (female model: Kaz)
Thursday 9th February 2017 (male model: Tony)
Thursday 2nd February 2017 (female model: Helen)
Monday 23rd January 2017 (female model: Kaz)
Monday 16th January 2017 (male model: Tim)
Thursday 5th January 2017 (female model: Katy)
Monday 19th December 2016 - social end-of-term meeting for drinks; no life class.
Thursday 8th December 2016 (Spanish flamenco costumed female model: Esme)
Monday 28th November 2016 (female model: Kaz)
Monday 21st November 2016 (female model: Kaz)
Thursday 10th November 2016 (female model: Esme)
Thursday 3rd November 2016 (male model, Colin, with guitar)
Monday 24th October 2016 (female model: Sue)

Monday 17th October 2016 (female model: Kaz)
Thursday 6th October 2016 (male model: Tim)
Monday 26th September 2016
Thursday 15th September 2016 (costumed female ATS bellydance model: Helen)
Thursday 25th August 2016 (female model: Kaz)
Monday 15th August 2016 (female model: Ally)
Thursday 4th August 2016 (female model: Kaz)
Thursday 21st July 2016 (male model: Tony)
Thursday 14th July 2016 (female model: Kaz)
Monday 4th July 2016 (female model: Kaz)
Thursday 23rd June 2016 (female model: Helen)
Wednesday 20th April 2016 (female model: Ally)
Wednesday 30th March 2016 (female model: Kaz)
Wednesday 16th March 2016 (female model: Kaz)
Monday 7th March 2016 (male model: Tony)
Thursday 25th February 2016 (female model: Katy)
Monday 15th February 2016 (female model: Kaz)
Thursday 4th February 2016 (female model: Jo)
Monday 25th January 2016 (female model)
Thursday 10th December 2015: End of Term Social
Monday 16th November 2015 (last session for 2015 - we will resume in January)
Thursday 5th November 2015 (female model: Esme)
Monday 26th October (female model: Helen)
Monday 19th October 2015 (female model: Ally)
Thursday 8th October  2015(female model: Lois, along with life-size model poseable skeleton)
Monday 28th September 2015 (costumed female ATS bellydance model: Helen)
Thursday 17th September 2015 (male model: Tony)

Monday 7th September 2015 (costumed female ATS bellydance model: Helen)
Monday 24th August 2015 (female model: Kaz)
Thursday 13th August 2015 (female model: Katy)
Monday 27th July 2015 (
female model: Sue)
Thursday 16th July 2015 (
female model: Kaz)
Monday 29th June 2015 (
female model: Katy)
Monday 15th June 2015 (
female model: Mandy)
Monday 18th May 2015 (female model: Sue)
Thursday 7th May 2015 (female model: Kaz)



2 minute life sketches


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Behind the scenes: Sitting With Jane BookBench painting marathon http://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2017/3/behind-the-scenes-sitting-with-jane-bookbench-painting-marathon *** N.B. Lois's full BookBench design cannot be publicly revealed until the trail goes live on 17th June, hence this blog article contains a few teasers only. Watch this space...! :-)


Follow: @LoisCordelia @SittingWithJane @JAusten200 @Basingstoke #SittingWithJane @Ark_Charity

Ipswich artist Lois Cordelia travelled 150 miles to Basingstoke in Hampshire this week to paint one of 24 BookBenches for Sitting With Jane. This unique free public art trail will mark the 200th anniversary (2017) of English novelist Jane Austen's death. The BookBenches will each be painted by a professional artist to feature an Austen inspired design, and will then be located on public view at various locations in and around Basingstoke from 17th June until 31st August 2017. The trail will encourage visitors to explore both well known and less frequented parts of north Hampshire, from beautiful villages and rural landscapes that have scarcely changed since Austen's time to modern visitor attractions, landmarks and great shopping. After the trail finishes at the end of August, the BookBenches will be auctioned off on 15th September 2017 to raise much needed funds to support the vital work of Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

IpswichStar journalist Gemma Mitchell reports on how Lois has moved from Pigs to BookBenches for another Wild in Art trail:
http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/ipswich_artist_chosen_for_pigs_gone_wild_style_project_to_celebrate_novelist_jane_austen_1_4904718

"Look Upon Verdure"

Lois took 4.5 hours (interspersed with breaks!) on Tuesday 28th February to transform the blank white BookBench, using acrylic paints, lots of metallic and iridescent colours and a large brush. She had also prepared her own paper-cut stencils of two quotations of Jane Austen, illustrating her love of Nature, in which Lois set herself the special challenge of imitating Austen's handwriting and even her signature (as it appears on her will - see below). Jane invites us to pause in our hectic modern lifestyles, sit with her on a bench and rest our eyes on nature, gardens and greenery: “To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure, is the most perfect refreshment.” (Jane Austen, Mansfield Park)

Below: Lois created her own set of paper-cut stencils to evoke the beautiful handwriting of Jane Austen, including this interpretation of Austen's signature.

Below: Lois uses her own hand-made paper-cut stencils to transfer Jane Austen's quotations onto the BookBench.

"Look Upon Verdure"#SittingWithJane teaser: using my own #papercut #stencils to evoke #JaneAusten's elegant #handwriting :)
"To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment."
Sitting With Jane - Wild in Art - De La Rue plc - Basingstoke - Festival Place @JAusten200 #LookUponVerdure

Lois' design "Look Upon Verdure" has been generously sponsored by De La Rue, whose headquarters are located near Basingstoke. The full design cannot be revealed until the official launch of the Sitting With Jane trail on 17th June, but here are a few glimpses of work in progress during Lois' 4.5 hour speed-painting marathon.

The trail is presented by Wild in Art and Destination Basingstoke, in assocation with Festival Place.









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Beginners' Paper-Cutting Workshop, Colchester, Sat 29th April 2017 http://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2017/2/beginners-paper-cutting-workshop-colchester-sat-29th-april-2017 Welcome to the magical world of paper-cutting.

We begin with a richly illustrated 'world tour' of paper-cutting from China, through Europe, to Mexico. Using a surgical scalpel, Lois Cordelia will then demonstrate the basic techniques of knife paper-cutting before introducing a range of templates, with an optional Spring theme.

Feel free to bring some of your own references, or come along on the day and be inspired by cut-paper motifs, designs and imagery from around the globe. This workshop is ideal for beginners, as for those who have dabbled in paper-cutting and want some guidance. Paper-cutting can be a beautiful addition to other craft activities, including scrap-booking, card making and stencilling.

To book places: please contact Tindalls Colchester.
Tel: 0330 223 3390. Email
colchester.shop@tindalls.co.uk or via the website:

https://www.tindalls.co.uk/art-workshops-in-colchester/18616-beginners-paper-cutting-spring.html

Cost: £35.
Date: Saturday, 29th April, 2017
Venue: Tindalls, 25 Trinity Street, Colchester CO1 1JN.
The workshop runs 10.00 am till 4.00 pm. Registration is at 9.45am at the front desk downstairs. Morning and afternoon tea and coffee are provided, please bring a packed lunch if you wish or there are several good cafes locally. All materials needed for the day are provided. Everyone attending a workshop will receive generous discounts on all purchases on the day - some exclusions may apply.


Feathered FriendsFeathered Friends
The Proud Stag (b)The Proud Stag (b)

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