Loïs Cordelia: Blog https://www.loiscordelia.com/blog en-us Lois Cordelia Buelow-Osborne loiscordelia@gmail.com (Loïs Cordelia) Mon, 13 Aug 2018 19:42:00 GMT Mon, 13 Aug 2018 19:42:00 GMT https://www.loiscordelia.com/img/s/v-5/u875263028-o416941054-50.jpg Loïs Cordelia: Blog https://www.loiscordelia.com/blog 120 120 Sheffield to Monte Carlo Rally Exhibition & Auction now live! https://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2018/7/sheffield-to-monte-carlo-exhibition-of-rally-car-bonnets *** Bidding on all car bonnets is now live via the online auction page. ***

An unusual and diverse exhibition of designs painted onto rally car bonnets has opened to the public at the beautiful Winter Garden in the heart of Sheffield and runs throughout August 2018. The designs are all part of Bangers and Cash, the UK's first art road show banger car rally, which will travel more than a thousand miles from Sheffield to Monte Carlo in September 2018. This exciting venture will help to end youth homelessness by raising funds for Sheffield's youth housing charity Roundabout through the sale of each car bonnet at auction. Bidding is already live via the online auction page. Please support this great cause and bid generously for unique pieces of art. Roundabout helps to provide shelter, support and life skills to young people (aged 16-24).

Following the month long exhibition (throughout August 2018) at the Winter Garden, the 23 rally car teams will take on the 1219 mile Sheffield to Monte Carlo challenge in a car worth £650 or less - but each car bonnet has been hand-painted by an artist featuring a unique design and will hopefully raise far more than the value of the car itself for the Roundabout youth homelessness charity.

Exhibition location: Winter Garden, Surrey Street, Sheffield S1 2LH
Exhibition dates: 27th July - 31st August 2018
Opening Times: Daily 8am - 8pm, except Sundays 8am - 6pm.

Follow: @BangersCashUK @RoundaboutSheff

Ipswich artists Anne-Marie Byrne and Lois Cordelia are very excited to have had their designs selected for inclusion in the art car rally. Anne-Marie and Lois both frequently paint designs for public art trails around the UK - they met and became friends through Pigs Gone Wild 2016 in Ipswich. Anne-Marie's rally car bonnet design is called Van Go (sponsored by Horbury Group) and features her delightful adaptation of Vincent van Gogh's swirling style of painting to evoke the excitement of the car rally.

Lois's design Imagination Can Take You Anywhere takes its inspiration from a famous quotation of Albert Einstein: "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere", and celebrates themes of travel, transport and progress - at whatever speed - conveyed via dramatic silhouettes on a brightly coloured backdrop.


Above: Lois Cordelia with Imagination Can Take You Anywhere, sponsored by Signs Express Sheffield, painted on the car bonnet of a red Ford Focus. June 2018.

Below: Anne-Marie Byrne (Amberdreams) at work on the collosal car bonnet of a Jaguar, painting her design Van Go, sponsored by Horbury Group. June 2018.


Sheffield to Monte Carlo road rally art revealed from Sheffield Live on Vimeo.



Lois's rally car bonnet has been generously sponsored by Steve and Carol Morris of Signs Express Sheffield, whose granddaughter helped choose the design from among those shortlisted. Lois has a reputation for being a 'speed-painter', working with a big brush, sweeping strokes and unusual canvases (often three-dimensional), but this is her first time to paint a design onto a rally car: speed-painting takes on a new meaning! But progress is more important than speed - especially in ending youth homelessness - and so the design depicts not only swift movers and high flyers but also those who move slowly and modestly, like the snail, or those who travel via the power of imagination and curiosity, like an astronomer observing the distant stars.

Lois travelled to Sheffield in late June 2018, working live in situ at Signs Express Sheffield, to paint her design onto the bonnet of a red Ford Focus, ready for inclusion in the rally. She began by sanding down the original surface of the car bonnet, coating it with primer, and then painting an imaginative array of dramatic silhouettes on a rich rainbow coloured background. The silhouettes include figures in motion, animals, cars, musical notation (a reference to Herbie's Theme Tune), and the Sheffield skyline, all drawn and painted by hand.

Below: beginning to sand down the original painted surface of the Ford Focus bonnet

Below: Painting the background rainbow in sweeping brushstrokes


Above: All the silhouettes were drawn by hand and then filled in with black paint.







Below: with the whole team at Signs Express Sheffield. Special thanks to Steve Morris. June 2018.


The Route

The Bangers and Cash car rally will start in Sheffield on Friday 21st September 2018, with the first overnight stop being in Brussels, Belgium. On Saturday 22nd September, the teams will travel from Brussels via Luxembourg and Strasbourg, to Lucerne, Switzerland. On Sunday 23rd, the rally continues via St Gotthard's Pass, Lugano, Lake Como, and Monza to Milan, Italy. On Monday 24th September, the teams will reach the grand finale of Monte Carlo itself, before going on to celebrate and enjoy a well-earned rest in Nice, France. On Tuesday 25th, the teams will head home towards Sheffield.

Auction Now Live!

Bidding for all the car bonnets is now live via the online auction page, to raise funds for Roundabout and help end youth homelessness. Don't miss your chance to purchase a unique piece of artwork on an unusual canvas that will be a talking point for years to come. Happy Bidding! :-)

Competition
There will also be a competition running during the exhibition at the Winter Garden, asking the public to upload their favourite photos and selfies with the car bonnets to social media using the hashtag #BangersandCashComp. There will be a range of prizes (including several donated by some of the artists) on offer!


Follow: @BangersCashUK @RoundaboutSheff





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BeeYOUtiful Bee now at Portland Street, Manchester https://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2018/7/beeyoutiful-adoption-counts-bee-now-at-portland-street-manchester A swarm of 100 giant Bees has landed in Manchester, forming a stunning public art trail called Bee in the City. Each Bee statue is hand-painted by an artist and features a unique design. Wild in Art and Manchester City Council have brought together Manchester’s communities and businesses to create this trail, which runs from 23rd July until 23rd September 2018.

Ipswich artist and 'speed-painter' Lois Cordelia is proud to unveil her Bee design Bee-You-ti-ful, which is generously sponsored by local adoption agency Adoption Counts. The design celebrates the power of adoption to transform a child's life into a world of love, creativity and imagination, as any child should have.

Bee-You-ti-ful is now on public view outside Manchester One on Portland Street, Manchester.

BeeYoutiful at Portland Street, Manchester
Photo credit: Michael Phillips @thisisourmanchester Shared with kind permission. July 2018

Above: Bee-You-ti-ful, outside Manchester One on Portland Street, Manchester.
Photo credit: @thisisourmanchester, shared with kind permission. July 2018.


The design is inspired by themes of adoption, childhood and families (in all shapes and sizes), and features Lois's characteristic silhouette drawings over a mottled background of soothing iridescent and pastel colours. The silhouette style is adapted from Lois's work in the intricate paper-cut medium. She remarks:

"I love using silhouettes in my artwork, whether hand-drawn or cut out of paper, because they are so evocative. The simplest silhouetted human figure can give us goosebumps, because the absence of facial features means that we can easily relate to it. It is universal. Details such as the colour of skin, eyes or hair are irrelevant. I also like to play with the sense of scale, juxtaposing miniature figures with giant flowers, feathers and insects.

"This Bee is definitely the most complex three-dimensional canvas I have ever had the privilege and challenge of working on. With its six legs, narrow wings and delicate antennae, it is like a whole landscape of cliffs, caves and mountains, which I gradually populated with a host of tiny figures and animals to suggest a child's imaginative world. The structure of the Bee's legs in particular created many unexpected illusions, so that for example the trailing branches of a weeping willow appear to move in the breeze as you walk past the Bee."

A number of short 'bee' quotations appear in the design, alongside key words such as 'love', 'hope', 'Mum', 'Dad, 'family', and so on. Inspiring words include a saying of Coco Chanel: "Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself", reminding us to be true to ourselves. Even the word 'beautiful' contains its own instruction: 'Bee-YOU-ti-ful'. Follow your heart, make a bee-line for the things you love - just like a bee flies to find nectar.

Lois tells the story of Bee-You-ti-ful in this short (5 minute) film:



Clare Riley of Adoption Counts saw Lois painting part of her Bee design at the painting space in Manchester. She remarks: “It was amazing to watch Lois at work, drawing illustrative families and incorporating the words of some of our adoptive parents into the design. She really captured the essence of what we do; creating happy families, empowered throughout their adoption journey. Adoption Counts is very proud to be sponsoring, or should we say, adopting our very own Bee in the City Bee and look forward to unveiling her beautiful artwork on 4th July to celebrate our one year anniversary.”

Lois wishes to extend special thanks to Annie Laughrin of Wild in Art for her help and support in making this Bee possible.












Short video clip of work in progress on a tiny part of the design, using a Posca marker pen to add fine details.
Following the end of the trail, the Bees will each be auctioned off to raise valuable funds for local charities.


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Malka film makes 9 International Film Festivals to date https://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2018/7/malkas-journey-continues When Stefan Freedman and Lois Cordelia began collaborating in 2016 on a short film about a young girl refugee called Malka, they had no idea that she would go on to travel from Ipswich all over East Anglia and then all over the globe, touching people's hearts wherever she went.

Dedicated to refugee children everywhere, 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. To date, it has been selected for screening as part of nine international film festivals in Europe, the USA, the Middle East and Asia, and been the subject of several successful fundraising events for refugee support charities.

At its official launch at Red Rose Chain in Ipswich in April 2017, the Malka film raised more than £1000 for Suffolk Refugee Support. It has gone on to raise similar amounts at further fundraiser events in Diss and Norwich, for the Hoxne based charity Next Stop Symi which takes vital supplies to trapped refugees on the Greek island of Symi and elsewhere, and
the Norwich Refugee support charity New Routes, a vibrant local charity working to settle and integrate refugees.

Since Autumn 2017, the film has been selected for screening as part of the following nine international film festivals and events:
Symi International Film Festival, Greece (2017)
Woodengate Film Festival in Maramures County, Romania (2017)

Documentaries Without Borders Festival in Delaware, USA (2017)
London Rolling Film Festival, London UK (May 2018)
Films for World Peace film festival, Washington DC (2018)
Subud World Congress 2018 ('Poems For Peace') in Freiburg, Germany
Near Nazareth Festival (NNF), Nazareth, Israel
19th Annual Woodstock Museum Film Festival, New York, USA
7th Kolkata Shorts International Film Festival, India.


Malka evokes 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.

Her journey continues.





Responses to Malka

The film has 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.
"Malka seems to have a life of her own! ... 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.
 

Thank You

Stefan and Lois wish to extend heartfelt thanks to everyone who has helped Malka along her journey, including all musicians, sound engineering and support, everyone who attended fundraising events and helped out with catering, promotion, press, radio and media coverage, ticket sales and facilities, those who have sold copies of Malka on DVD to help raise additional funds for refugee support, those who gave talks as representatives of the refugee support charities, those who assisted with transport and set-up, and everyone who bid in the silent auctions.

Special thanks go to Joanna Carrick of Red Rose Chain for hosting Malka's Ipswich launch in April 2017, Madeline Lees of the Angel Cafe in Diss, and Harford Community Centre in Norwich. Stefan and Lois are also extremely grateful to all of the judging panels who have selected Malka for screening as part of international film festivals around the globe and have thereby brought her message to touch the hearts of many more.






 

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.





 



Below: Circle Dancing, led by Stefan Freedman



Below: Zaramo in concert: Birgitta Campbell fiddle, Sebastiana Black vocals, John Firmin accordion, Kim Redshaw djembe. Norwich, March 2018.

Below: Zaramo in concert, with Stefan Freedman



Below: Lois Cordelia (Malka visual artist), with some of the artwork for the film, and two fresh paintings completed during the Norwich fundraiser.


Below: The mother and child painting chosen by the winner of the silent art auction.


Below: More live acoustic music by Salman Toheed of the Blasian band


Below: Zaramo in concert: Birgitta Campbell fiddle, John Firmin accordion, Kim Redshaw djembe, Sebastiana Black vocals. Norwich, March 2018.



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Robin [Hood] disguised as Green Man of Sherwood Forest https://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2018/7/robin-hood-disguised-green-man-sherwood-forest Saturday 7th July 2018 witnessed the launch of Hoodwinked 2018, Nottingham's stunning new public art trail, featuring a twist of the tale of local legendary outlaw Robin Hood: 33 giant Robin statues have flocked to the streets of Nottingham, each one hand-painted by an artist. This free public art trail is presented by Nottingham City Council in partnership with creative events producers Wild in Art and charity partner Nottinghamshire Hospice, for whom the Robin symbolises hope after the passing of a loved one. Wild in Art is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

The Sheriff of Nottingham Councillor Catharine Arnold attended the official Hoodwinked 2018 launch party in the picturesque grounds of Nottingham Castle on the evening of Thursday 5th July, at which many of the Robin sponsors and artists were also present.

Green Man of Sherwood Forest

Ipswich artist Lois Cordelia is proud to publicly reveal her design entitled Green Man of Sherwood Forest, which is generously sponsored by Benoy. Graham Cartledge CBE of Benoy writes: "We are delighted to show our support to Nottinghamshire Hospice, a very well-deserving local charity. The Hoodwinked initiative will attract visitors and locals alike, encouraging people in our community to connect through creativity - something that is at the heart of what our designers do at Benoy."

You can find Green Man of Sherwood Forest in Trinity Square, Nottingham, from 7th July until 30th September 2018. He looks forward to meeting you! ;-)

Left to right: the Sheriff of Nottingham, Jason Curtis, Green Man of Sherwood Forest, Lois Cordelia, Graham Cartledge (Benoy)
Photo credit: Whitefoot Photography. Used with kind permission.

Above - left to right: the Sheriff of Nottingham, Jason Curtis (model for the two portraits of the Green Man), Lois Cordelia (artist), Graham Cartledge (CBE of Benoy). Nottingham Castle, Thursday 5th July 2018. Photo credit: Whitefoot Photography - used with kind permission.

About Benoy

Benoy is a global family of design specialists committed to delivering world-class solutions for the built environment. Balancing creative vision with commercial viability, Benoy works with clients to create iconic destinations that enrich people’s lives, strengthen communities, enhance nature, and deliver lasting economic value. Benoy was founded by Gordon Benoy as a small architectural company in rural Nottinghamshire. Today, it has design studios in the United Kingdom, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing. The company is primarily known for its global retail architecture, with projects such as Westfield London UK, Elements, Hong Kong, and ION Singapore. Its philosophy is that 'creativity and viability are not mutually exclusive'.





Lois's partner Jason (appropriately also an archer and expert leatherworker) kindly agreed to model for the two portraits of the Green Man, one of which winks in a mischievous spirit.

Left to right: Graham Cartledge (Benoy), Lois Cordelia,Green Man of Sherwood Forest, Jason Curtis, the Sheriff of Nottingham
Photo credit: Whitefoot Photography. Used with kind permission.

Nottingham Castle, Thursday 5th July 2018. Photo credit: Whitefoot Photography - used with kind permission.
Photo credit: Whitefoot Photography. Used with kind permission.
Nottingham Castle, Thursday 5th July 2018. Photo credit: Whitefoot Photography - used with kind permission.



Lois and Jason were accompanied by this impetuous little fox, all clad in Lincoln green. Jason had made a miniature longbow and an exquisite hand-embossed leather quiver for the fox, who goes by the affectionate name of Fluff, and was quite the star of the show! Jason designs and creates stylish, high quality and ethically sourced leather goods to commission for personalised gifts, costume and historical reenactment. He specialises in archery equipment and holsters.



Lois tells the story behind her Robin design in this 4 minute video:



Lois has recently explored the theme of the Green Man in a variety of unusual art mediums, including paper-cutting, creative cartography, and upcycled plastic straws. Now she is proud to have depicted this timeless symbol on a public art statue in the heart of Nottingham.

Lois remarks: "The Green Man or Foliate Face often appears in ancient carvings as a face surrounded by oak leaves. It is generally interpreted as a symbol of the endless cycles of rebirth, re-growth or re-greening in Nature. In today's world, it has an urgent ecological relevance, reminding us of the fragile balance of Nature. It is as if we stand face to face with the spirit of Nature, who meets us with a calm, level gaze... or a playful mischievous grin! Many Green Man carvings suggest this playful game of hide and seek amongst the foliage. I have often incorporated Green Man imagery into my artwork, capturing different facial expressions and characters.

"Many folklorists claim that the legend of Robin Hood is derived from the ancient image of the Green Man, or related figures such as Jack in the Green or Robin Goodfellow (Puck). No surprise that Robin Hood is clothed in Lincoln Green. The mischievous outlaw could be hiding in any disguise!"

Lois travelled to Nottingham in April to paint her design onto the Robin statue, painting live alongside other Hoodwinked 2018 artists in a public painting space at intu Broadmarsh.

Follow: @Hoodwinked2018




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Lois brings two designs to life for "Snowdogs Discover Ashford" (Kent) https://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2018/6/lois-brings-two-designs-to-life-for-snowdogs-discover-ashford-kent Snowdogs Discover Ashford is a free public art trail coming to Ashford, Kent, this Autumn, featuring 35 giant Snowdog statues, each one hand-painted by an artist. The trail runs from 12th September until 18th November 2018, and is a Wild in Art event, brought to you by Ashford Borough Council and Pilgrims Hospices.

What is a Snowdog?

Raymond Briggs' much beloved children's book The Snowman is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Its television adaptation first appeared in 1982. This film is powerful and haunting because it is wordless. For this reason, it makes sense that the 2012 sequel The Snowman and the Snowdog features a dog, the Snowdog, because dogs communicate so effectively without words - as do public art trails. These days, people rarely visit galleries or museums to see art – instead, art springs up on every street corner.


Painting Live at County Square, Ashford: 17th - 19th July

Ipswich-based artist and speed-painter Lois Cordelia has been commissioned to paint two of the 35 giant Snowdogs for the trail, and will travel to Ashford, Kent, in July, to bring her designs to life during a three day public art demonstration (17th - 19th July) at County Square shopping centre. Lois welcomes an audience, so don't be shy - drop by, see work in progress on the two dogs and ask questions.

Lois's two designs are called Lest We Forget the War Dogs (1918-2018) and Goldie.

Lest We Forget the War Dogs (1918-2018)

Sponsored by Ashford Borough Council

With so many events this year commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War (1918), it is nevertheless easy to forget the 20,000 brave war dogs who were trained in dangerous front line duties, bringing first aid to the wounded, alerting soldiers to enemies, leaping across trenches, carrying messages between outposts, pulling machinery and equipment, and boosting morale among the troops. Some wore gas masks and had food, water and medical supplies strapped to them. Some became decorated with war medals. Lois's design Lest We Forget the War Dogs (1918-2018) is especially inspired by a quotation from a 1916 newspaper, which observes: "A watchdog never barks; at the most he will use a low growl to indicate the presence or approach of a hostile force. More often than not the mere pricking of the ears or the attitude of expectancy is sufficient to put his master on his guard."

Lois remarks: "I've never had dogs of my own, though have often looked after other people's and witnessed their loyal devotion. Many of the dogs of WW1 were beloved family pets, who were sent away to be trained for the war effort. In researching war dogs, I was deeply moved by the stories and anecdotes I found, but most of all by photographs of the dogs, which brought the stories vividly to life. My design is based on a few of these references. I hope it will touch many hearts and remind people of how much we owe to the war dogs."

Lois adds: "Where else can you walk through a town centre and find a piece of history as startling as the WWI tank in the centre of Ashford? It seems especially meaningful and poignant in this centenary year, and fits with the commemorative theme of Lest We Forget the War Dogs (1918-2018)."

The design is generously sponsored by
Ashford Borough Council and will be appropriately placed in Ashford Memorial Gardens for the duration of the trail. It will still be there on Armistice Day 2018.



Goldie
Sponsored by Golding Vision

Kent is known as the 'Garden of England'. Lois's design Goldie is inspired by her love of painting landscapes and garden scenes using gold, shimmering and iridescent paints to evoke the beauty of every season. Goldie is generously (and appropriately)
sponsored by Golding Vision, the community development arm of Kent housing association, Golding Homes, who suggested the name Goldie, as an affectionate pet name for the Snowdog.

The saying goes, a dog (even a Snowdog) is not just for Christmas, but loyally accompanies our footsteps throughout the year. A dog can be your best friend but needs to be loved and cherished. Walking is a great way to show your love, not just for your dog but for yourself, too, and what better way to witness the beauty of Nature changing throughout the seasons than to head outside!

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


About Lois Cordelia:

At one end of the scale, Lois is a speed-painter with a big brush, sweeping strokes, lots of energy and bold colours, creating portraits, wildlife art, landscapes and townscapes. She loves big canvases – especially three-dimensional ones, like giant Snowdogs! At the other end of the scale, she cuts intricate designs out of paper, using a surgical scalpel, and sculpts detailed miniature figurines from imagination.

Lois remarks: "I'm happiest working live in public, especially in the company of other artists. There is a completely different dynamic when creating live, talking with people while I paint, absorbing ideas and inspiration. Come and see me at work on my two Snowdogs between 17th to 19th July at County Square shopping centre – I look forward to meeting you!"


This year, you can see Lois's work as part of the following public art trails: Hoodwinked 2018 (Nottingham), Let's Go Quackers (Ironbridge and Telford), Minerva's Owls of Bath (Bath), Bee in the City (Manchester), Bangers and Cash (Sheffield to Monte Carlo art rally), and Snowdogs Discover Ashford (Ashford).





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HerschOwl has landed in Queen Square, Bath https://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2018/6/herschowl-has-landed-in-queen-square-bath Now on display in Queen Square, Bath, HerschOwl is an Owl inspired by the Herschel Museum of Astronomy, and forms part of Minerva's Owls of Bath, a stunning free public art trail of 80 giant Owls, perched in various prominent locations around the World Heritage city this Summer. The trail of quirky Owl designs, each hand-painted by an artist, will attract many thousands of visitors of all ages to the city while helping to support and promote local businesses and charities. The Owls, which represent super-sized versions of the Little Owl (Athene Noctua) species, will be on display all over the city from 25th June until 10th September.

Ipswich artist Lois Cordelia was commissioned to paint her design Night Owls of Bath: the Herschels - or HerschOwl for short - onto one of the giant Owl statues. The design is generously sponsored by Mogers Drewett Solicitors of Bath, who have created an atmospheric short film (see below) about Lois's painting of the Owl during a live art demonstration on location at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy.


Above: Lois Cordelia with HerschOwl

A short film (5:35) by Mogers Drewett showing the painting of HerschOwl


HerschOwl is inspired by two historical 'night owls' of Bath, astronomer-musicians William and Caroline Herschel, whose home in New King Street is now the Herschel Museum of Astronomy. The design celebrates William and Caroline Herschel's extraordinary contribution to the nocturnal pursuit of astronomy. William accidentally discovered the planet Uranus in 1781 using a homemade telescope in his back garden. At the time, he thought he'd discovered a star and named it after King George III, but this proved so unpopular that he renamed it “Uranus” to match the other Roman and Greek planetary names. William first moved to Bath in the mid 1760s when he was appointed as organist of Octagon Chapel. His sister Caroline joined him there a few years later, and they worked together building telescopes. William is credited with the discovery of several moons of Uranus and Saturn, seasonal variation in the Martian polar caps, and infrared radiation. The Herschel Museum of Astronomy kindly agreed to host Lois and her Owl while she brought her design to life in May 2018 in the beautiful setting of its Georgian period back garden (where William discovered the Planet Uranus).

Lois was over the moon to paint an Owl inspired by the stars for Minerva's Owls of Bath, and is very grateful to Mogers Drewett for sponsoring her design, which will be her 8th public sculpture trail piece to date. Lois writes: "Like many artists, I am often a night owl. I love painting night skies using shimmering paints and swirling brush strokes. To be painting my astronomy inspired Owl in the very spot in which William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus in 1781 will make this brief residency at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy extremely meaningful and special for me."

The design features a number of silhouette vignettes of William and Caroline Herschel, along with appropriate details that visitors to the Museum will recognise: the garden sundial with robin, foxgloves and cat, an orrery, and some of the instruments from the Music Room. Lois remarks that the silhouette style is a reference to the Georgian period, when cameo portraits were a popular way of capturing a likeness for posterity. Lois is well known as a paper-cut artist herself, creating intricate silhouette style designs by cutting out of paper using a surgical scalpel. In this case, she drew the designs in outline and then filled them in with black paint.










Herschel Museum of Astronomy

You can visit the Museum at: Herschel Museum of Astronomy, 19 New King Street, Bath BA1 2BL
The Museum is open to the public on weekdays from 1-5 pm. Please see the Museum website for admission charges and other information.

Minerva's Owls of Bath

The name of the trail is a reference to the Goddess Minerva, to whom the temple of the Roman Baths was dedicated when it was built in 1 AD. The owl was a sacred symbol of Minerva, Roman goddess of Wisdom, and is featured in the stone temple pediment at the Roman Baths Museum.

Award winning BBC TV Wildlife presenters Michaela Strachan and Chris Packham have become official 'Owlbassadors' for the trail. Chris Packham will also be painting one of the Owls himself, helping to raise funds for the UK Little Owl Project. The scientific name of the Little Owl is Athene noctua, which neatly links with Minerva, Athene being the Greek version of the Roman Goddess.

The trail will raise funds for several local charities: the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, the BANES Carers Centre, the Roman Baths, and the UK Little Owl Project.

Did you know...? The collective noun for a group of owls is a "parliament" of owls.



Follow: @OwlsofBath #OwlsofBath





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#LetsGoQuackers trail continues until 17th August https://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2018/6/lets-go-quackers-trail-continues-until-19th-august Donate: Let's Go Quackers Follow: @LetsGoQuackers

Ten giant Ducks are continuing to bring smiles and win the hearts of visitors young and old alike in Shropshire. The popular family-orientated Let's Go Quackers has suffered a series of unfortunate vandalism setbacks since it launched on 5th May, but thanks to the restorative efforts of 'Duck doctors' and the valiant support of local fans, the art trail is continuing in Ironbridge, Shropshire until 8th July 2018, before relocating to Southwater, Telford from 14th July until 17th August (coinciding with Telford's Carnival of Giants event). The Ducks will then be auctioned in September to raise valuable funds for local charities: Severn Hospice and the Jayne Sargent Foundation. The trail is the idea of local resident Julie Ward, who has worked tirelessly to bring her dream to life, successfully securing an impressive bid from Telford & Wrekin Council's Pride in Your High Street fund to ensure that the trail goes ahead.


Each of the Ducks is hand-painted by an artist, either working to their own design, or in collaboration with local school children or students and others who submitted a design for one of the Ducks. The trail organisers received an overwhelming 750+ design submissions for the 10 Ducks. It was an extremely difficult decision to choose just 10 designs to appeal to every age group and to reflect the local history and heritage of Telford and Ironbridge. The full list of Duck artists includes: Nicky Meecham, Jenny Leonard, Donna Newman, Alicia Hollis, Traci Moss, Jackie Coyle, Shropshire Fine Art, Lois Cordelia, Lizzie Moretti and Megan Evans.

An excellent and richly illustrated blog by writer Tilly Horseman discusses in detail each of the ten Ducks, their surrounding points of interest and the trail route of Let's Go Quackers through the World Heritage landscape of Shropshire.

Ross Minton has also created a brief vlog of Let's Go Quackers with the help of his young daughter:


Miniature Replica Ducks

A number of the artists will bring miniature versions of their Duck designs to life: Dr Duck by Nicky Meecham, C-Elli-Brate by Traci Moss, Coalbrookedrake by Donna Newman, and Once Upon A Fairytale by Lois Cordelia (see below). The miniature Ducks will be auctioned in addition to the ten giant Ducks, raising additional funds for Severn Hospice and the Jayne Sargent Foundation.

Watch this space for auction news, coming soon...!


Donate: Let's Go Quackers Follow: @LetsGoQuackers


Once Upon a Fairytale

Ipswich artist Lois Cordelia travelled to Telford in April to paint a steampunk-fairytale inspired design onto one of the Ducks: Once Upon a Fairytale. The steampunk theme of her design was partly inspired by the history of Ironbridge and Telford and their links with the Industrial Revolution, and partly by the distinctive steampunk-style goggles of the Duck statues themselves. Combining a quirky mix of imagery in her characteristic black silhouette style on a rich antique gold background, Lois hopes her design will appeal to trail visitors of every age-group, allowing them to spot lots of fun and unexpected details.

Photo credit: Marian Byrne. Used with kind permission.

Photo credit: Marian Byrne, June 2018. Reproduced with kind permission.

Photo credit: Marian Byrne. Used with kind permission.
Photo credit: Marian Byrne, June 2018. Reproduced with kind permission.

Photo credit: Marian Byrne. Used with kind permission.
Photo credit: Marian Byrne, June 2018. Reproduced with kind permission.

Photo credit: Marian Byrne. Used with kind permission.

Photo credit: Marian Byrne, June 2018. Reproduced with kind permission.
Photo credit: Marian Byrne. Used with kind permission.
Photo credit: Marian Byrne, June 2018. Reproduced with kind permission.

Photo credit: Marian Byrne. Used with kind permission.
Photo credit: Marian Byrne, June 2018. Reproduced with kind permission.




Lois Cordelia with Once Upon A Fairytale, April 2018





Trail Map: Ironbridge 5th May - 8th July 2018


Photo credit: Julie Ward, May 2018, reproduced with kind permission.

The timing of the trail is very apt: Telford celebrates its 50th year in 2018. Telford is named after civil engineer Thomas Telford (1757-1834) who engineered many road and rail projects in Shropshire. It is often known as "the birthplace of industry". Today, Telford is the largest town in Shropshire and one of the fastest growing towns in Britain. Nearby Ironbridge is located in the heart of the Ironbridge Gorge and takes its name from the famous Iron Bridge that crosses the River Severn. Opened in 1781, the Iron Bridge was the first major bridge in the world to be made of cast iron.

Julie Ward's idea for Let's Go Quackers was originally inspired by seeing the 2013 Wild in Art trail GoGoGorillas. She said: “I wanted to do something like this ever since I first saw the gorillas on social media, but I didn’t dare hope it would be possible.  When news of the High Street Fund was announced I knew this was my opportunity to make it happen.  To qualify for funding, the idea had to be innovative, engaging and have a bit of longevity.  It also needed to show that there would be wider benefits for the community and for others.  I really believe the ducks will be all of these things.

“My next job was to source the ducks. Where do you go to buy giant ducks? When I was looking around I heard about some 9ft ducks that were for sale in a charity auction after being part of an art trail in Liverpool.  My bid secured the ducks and proceeds went to Macmillan.

“The most important thing to me is that they bring fun to our community, visitors to Ironbridge and smiles to everyone’s faces.”

Donate: Let's Go Quackers Follow: @LetsGoQuackers




 Let's Go Quackers is not Lois Cordelia's first Duck related venture. She previously created a unique trio of "duck-transformations" for the Grand Norwich Duck Race 2017 (raising funds for Break children's charity), using Duck-tape, cable-ties, galvanised steel wire and other utilitarian materials to sculpt miniature figurines onto the backs of large rubber ducks. The Ducks and their riders took part in the duck race in August 2017 in Norwich, staying afloat and upright thanks to their heavy ballast of engineering bricks strapped beneath them!




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"Bee-You-ti-ful" Bee celebrates life-changing theme of adoption https://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2018/6/-bee-you-ti-ful-bee-celebrates-life-changing-theme-of-adoption Bee in the City is a free public art trail coming to Manchester this Summer, featuring a swarm of about 100 giant Bees, located all over the city, each one hand-painted by a different artist. The trail runs from 23rd July until 23rd September 2018. Wild in Art and Manchester City Council are bringing together Manchester’s communities and businesses in the creation of this stunning trail.

Ipswich artist and 'speed-painter' Lois Cordelia travelled to Manchester in June to paint her design Bee-You-ti-ful onto one of the giant Bees. The design is generously sponsored by local adoption agency Adoption Counts. The design celebrates the power of adoption to transform a child's life into a beautiful world full of love, creativity and imagination, as any child should have.

Clare Riley of Adoption Counts saw Lois painting part of her Bee design at the painting space in Manchester. She remarks: “It was amazing to watch Lois at work, drawing illustrative families and incorporating the words of some of our adoptive parents into the design. She really captured the essence of what we do; creating happy families, empowered throughout their adoption journey. Adoption Counts is very proud to be sponsoring, or should we say, adopting our very own Bee in the City Bee and look forward to unveiling her beautiful artwork on 4th July to celebrate our one year anniversary.”

Coco Chanel once wrote: "Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself", reminding us to simply be true to ourselves. Even the word 'beautiful' contains its own instruction: 'Bee-YOU-ti-ful'. Follow your heart, make a bee-line for the things you love - just like a bee flies to find nectar.

Following the end of the trail, the Bees will each be auctioned off to raise valuable funds for good causes.

The design features Lois's characteristic silhouettes. Below: a couple of small excerpts. N.B. the full design cannot be revealed publicly until the unveiling on 4th July. Watch this space!



Short video clip of work in progress on a tiny part of the design, using a Posca marker pen to add fine details.


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Speedpainting from Sheffield to Monte Carlo! https://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2018/6/speedpainting-from-sheffield-to-monte-carlo Bangers and Cash, the UK's first art road show banger car rally is set to travel from Sheffield to Monte Carlo this September.

A number of rally car teams will take on the challenge, navigating the 1219 mile route in a car worth £650 or less - but each of these cars will also have a very special feature: its bonnet will have been hand-painted by an artist featuring a unique design inspired by the rally. Bangers and Cash will help tackle youth homelessness by raising valuable funds for Sheffield's youth housing charity Roundabout, providing shelter, support and life skills to young people (aged 16-24). Prior to setting off on their travels, the car bonnets will all be exhibited at Sheffield's beautiful Winter Garden throughout August 2018.

Ipswich artists Anne-Marie Byrne and Lois Cordelia are very excited to have had their designs selected for inclusion in the art car rally. Anne-Marie and Lois both frequently paint designs for public art trails around the UK - they met and became friends through Pigs Gone Wild 2016 in Ipswich. Anne-Marie's rally car bonnet design is called Van Go (sponsored by Horbury Group) and features her delightful adaptation of Vincent van Gogh's swirling style of painting to evoke the excitement of the car rally. Lois's design Imagination Can Take You Anywhere takes its inspiration from a famous quotation of Albert Einstein: "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere", and celebrates themes of travel, transport and progress - at whatever speed - conveyed via dramatic silhouettes on a brightly coloured backdrop.

Lois's rally car bonnet has been generously sponsored by Steve and Carol Morris of Signs Express Sheffield, whose granddaughter helped choose the design from among those shortlisted. Lois has a reputation for being a 'speed-painter', working with a big brush, sweeping strokes and unusual canvases (often three-dimensional), but this is her first time to paint a design onto a rally car: speed-painting takes on a new meaning! But progress is more important than speed - especially in ending youth homelessness - and so the design depicts not only swift movers and high flyers but also those who move slowly and modestly, like the snail, or those who travel via the power of imagination and curiosity, like an astronomer observing the distant stars.

Lois will travel to Sheffield in late June 2018 to paint her design onto the bonnet of a red Ford Focus, ready for inclusion in the rally.

The Route

The Bangers and Cash car rally will start in Sheffield on Friday 21st September 2018, with the first overnight stop being in Brussels, Belgium. On Saturday 22nd September, the teams will travel from Brussels via Luxembourg and Strasbourg, to Lucerne, Switzerland. On Sunday 23rd, the rally continues via St Gotthard's Pass, Lugano, Lake Como, and Monza to Milan, Italy. On Monday 24th September, the teams will reach the grand finale of Monte Carlo itself, before going on to celebrate and enjoy a well-earned rest in Nice, France. On Tuesday 25th, the teams will head home towards Sheffield.

Following the rally, the car bonnets will be sold at auction in October to raise additional funds for Roundabout.

Below: a small excerpt of Lois's design Imagination Can Take You Anywhere featuring Lois's characteristic silhouette art style. N.B. Lois cannot reveal her full design publicly until the exhibition opens on 1st August.
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And (below) a teaser of Anne-Marie Byrne's rally car bonnet design: Van Go (sponsored by Hanbury Group)






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Night Owls of Bath at Herschel Museum of Astronomy https://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2018/5/night-owls-of-bath-at-herschel-museum-of-astronomy A flock of 80 giant Owls is coming to the World Heritage city of Bath this Summer, forming an exciting free public art sculpture trail: Minerva's Owls of Bath. The trail of quirky Owl designs, each hand-painted by an artist, will attract thousands of visitors of all ages to the city while helping to support and promote local businesses and charities. The Owls, which represent super-sized versions of the Little Owl species, will appear perched all over the city from 25th June until 10th September.

The name of the trail is a reference to the Goddess Minerva, to whom the temple of the Roman Baths was dedicated when it was built in 1 AD. The owl was a sacred symbol of Minerva, Roman goddess of Wisdom, and is featured in the stone temple pediment at the Roman Baths Museum.

Award winning BBC TV Wildlife presenters Michaela Strachan and Chris Packham have become official 'Owlbassadors' for the trail. Chris Packham will also be painting one of the Owls himself, helping to raise funds for the UK Little Owl Project. The scientific name of the Little Owl is Athene noctua, which neatly links with Minerva, Athene being the Greek version of the Roman Goddess.

The trail will raise funds for several local charities: the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, the BANES Carers Centre, the Roman Baths, and the UK Little Owl Project.

Follow: @OwlsofBath #OwlsofBath

Night Owls of Bath: the Herschels

Ipswich artist Lois Cordelia has been commissioned to paint her design "Night Owls of Bath: the Herschels" onto one of the giant Owl statues. Lois's design is inspired by two historical 'night owls' of Bath, astronomer-musicians William and Caroline Herschel, whose home in New King Street is now the Herschel Museum of Astronomy.


Above: William with his telescope - a small excerpt of Lois's design, which features her characteristic silhouette depictions of the Herschels in the style of Georgian period cameo portraits. N.B. Lois is not allowed to reveal her full Owl design until the trail goes live in July! Watch this space...

Lois's Owl design celebrates William and Caroline Herschel's extraordinary contribution to the nocturnal pursuit of astronomy. William accidentally discovered the planet Uranus in 1781 using a homemade telescope in his back garden. At the time, he thought he'd discovered a star and named it after King George III, but this proved so unpopular that he renamed it “Uranus” to match the other Roman and Greek planetary names. William first moved to Bath in the mid 1760s when he was appointed as organist of Octagon Chapel. His sister Caroline joined him there a few years later, and they worked together building telescopes. William is credited with the discovery of several moons of Uranus and Saturn, seasonal variation in the Martian polar caps, and infrared radiation.

The Herschel Museum of Astronomy has kindly agreed to host Lois while she paints her Owl on Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th May 2018 in the beautiful setting of its Georgian period back garden (where William discovered the Planet Uranus).

Address: Herschel Museum of Astronomy, 19 New King Street, Bath BA1 2BL
Open to the public: weekdays 1-5 pm. N.B. Lois's live painting demonstration will take place on Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th May 2018, 1 pm - 5 pm.
Please see the Museum website for admission charges and other information.

Lois's Owl has been generously sponsored by Mogers Drewett Solicitors of Bath. Lois writes: "I am over the moon to be painting an Owl inspired by the stars for Minerva's Owls of Bath, and am very grateful to Mogers Drewett for sponsoring my design, which will be my 8th public sculpture trail piece to date. Like many artists, I am often a night owl. I love painting night skies using shimmering paints and swirling brush strokes. To be painting my astronomy inspired Owl in the very spot in which William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus in 1781 will make this brief residency at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy extremely meaningful and special for me."

N.B. Lois is not allowed to reveal her full Owl design until the trail goes live in July! Watch this space...

Did you know?
The collective noun for a group of owls is a "parliament" of owls.






 

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Ipswich Hospital "Blossometer" shows Blossom Appeal progress https://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2018/5/ipswich-hospital-blossometer-shows-blossom-appeal-progress The Ipswich Hospital Charity launched its ambitious Blossom Appeal in October 2017, with the aim of raising £2.5m to build a new dedicated breast cancer care centre at Ipswich Hospital. The appeal has so far raised just over £100,000.

A new 'Blossometer' in the form of a blossom tree decal was installed last week on the wall of the main Outpatients entrance at Ipswich Hospital, and will serve henceforward as a life-affirming visual record of the total sum raised to date. Every blossom represents an amount donated to the appeal. The tree silhouette was jointly designed by Ipswich artist Lois Cordelia and Matt Denton of Signs Express Ipswich.

Lois's mother Erika received successful treatment for breast cancer at Ipswich Hospital 18 years ago, and so it felt particularly meaningful for Lois to contribute a tree silhouette to help support the new breast centre project.

For more information, please visit the Blossom Appeal website. To donate, please click here.

 




Above: Lois Cordelia beside the new Blossometer, May 2018. Photo credit: Angela, used with kind permission.


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Malka makes London Film Festival Debut, Sun 27th May 2018 https://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2018/5/malka-makes-london-film-festival-debut-sun-27th-may-2018 An Ipswich-based art-music-film collaboration dedicated to refugee children, Malka, by Stefan Freedman and Lois Cordelia, which has already been screened as part of international film festivals in the USA, Greece and Romania, is about to make its London West End debut after being selected as part of the London Rolling Film Festival on Sunday 27th May 2018.

Tickets to the film festival are free but must be booked in advance, and the audience will vote for their favourite film on the night. The event takes place from 12 noon until 6 pm on Sunday 27th May at Phoenix Artist Club, 1 Phoenix Street, London WC2H 8BU. The afternoon will include screenings of a number of shortlisted films, interviews and Q&A sessions. The winning film will be announced at the end of the evening.


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. At its official launch in Ipswich in April 2017, the Malka film raised more than £1000 for Suffolk Refugee Support. It has gone on to raise similar amounts at further fundraiser events in Diss and Norwich, for the Hoxne based charity Next Stop Symi which takes vital supplies to trapped refugees on the Greek island of Symi and elsewhere, and the Norwich Refugee support charity New Routes, a vibrant local charity working to settle and integrate refugees.

During Autumn 2017, the film was selected for screening as part of three international film festivals: the Symi International Film Festival in Greece, Woodengate Film Festival in Maramures County, Romania, and the Documentaries Without Borders Festival in Delaware, USA. The London Rolling Film Festival will mark Malka's UK film festival debut. Meanwhile, Malka has also been chosen for screening during the Films for World Peace film festival in Washington DC.


 

"Malka" is 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 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.
 

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, Red Rose Chain, Madeline Lees, the Angel Cafe in Diss, and Harford Community Centre in Norwich.






 

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.





 



Below: Circle Dancing, led by Stefan Freedman



Below: Zaramo in concert: Birgitta Campbell fiddle, Sebastiana Black vocals, John Firmin accordion, Kim Redshaw djembe. Norwich, March 2018.

Below: Zaramo in concert, with Stefan Freedman



Below: Lois Cordelia (Malka visual artist), with some of the artwork for the film, and two fresh paintings completed during the Norwich fundraiser.


Below: The mother and child painting chosen by the winner of the silent art auction.


Below: More live acoustic music by Salman Toheed of the Blasian band


Below: Zaramo in concert: Birgitta Campbell fiddle, John Firmin accordion, Kim Redshaw djembe, Sebastiana Black vocals. Norwich, March 2018.



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Let's Go Quackers! Ten Giant Ducks come to Ironbridge https://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2018/5/lets-go-quackers-ten-giant-ducks-come-to-ironbridge Donate: Let's Go Quackers Follow: @LetsGoQuackers

Tomorrow, Saturday 5th May 2018 sees the launch of Let's Go Quackers, a fun family-orientated art trail for Summer 2018. Ten giant Ducks will be displayed on the high street of Ironbridge, Shropshire (5th May - 8th July) and then move to Southwater, Telford (from 15th July) to coincide with Telford's Carnival of Giants event, bringing smiles to visitors young and old alike, and raising valuable funds for local charities (Severn Hospice and the Jayne Sargent Foundation). The trail is the idea of local resident Julie Ward, who has worked tirelessly to bring her dream to life, successfully securing an impressive bid from Telford & Wrekin Council's Pride in Your High Street fund to ensure that the trail goes ahead.


Each of the Ducks has been hand-painted by an artist, either working to their own design, or in collaboration with local school children or students and others who have submitted a design for one of the Ducks. The trail organisers received an overwhelming 750+ design submissions for the 10 Ducks. It was an extremely difficult decision to choose just 10 designs to appeal to every age group and to reflect the local history and heritage of Telford and Ironbridge. The full list of artists includes: Nicky Meecham, Jenny Leonard, Donna Newman, Alicia Hollis, Traci Moss, Jackie Coyle, Shropshire Fine Art, Lois Cordelia, Lizzie Moretti and Megan Evans.


Donate: Let's Go Quackers Follow: @LetsGoQuackers


Once Upon a Fairytale

Ipswich artist Lois Cordelia travelled to Telford in April to paint a steampunk-fairytale inspired design onto one of the Ducks: Once Upon a Fairytale. The steampunk theme of her design was partly inspired by the history of Ironbridge and Telford and their links with the Industrial Revolution, and partly by the distinctive steampunk-style goggles of the Duck statues themselves. Combining a quirky mix of imagery in her characteristic black silhouette style on a rich antique gold background, Lois hopes her design will appeal to trail visitors of every age-group, allowing them to spot lots of fun and unexpected details.








Trail Map: Ironbridge 5th May - 8th July 2018


The timing of the trail is very apt: Telford celebrates its 50th year in 2018. Telford is named after civil engineer Thomas Telford (1757-1834) who engineered many road and rail projects in Shropshire. It is often known as "the birthplace of industry". Today, Telford is the largest town in Shropshire and one of the fastest growing towns in Britain. Nearby Ironbridge is located in the heart of the Ironbridge Gorge and takes its name from the famous Iron Bridge that crosses the River Severn. Opened in 1781, the Iron Bridge was the first major bridge in the world to be made of cast iron.

Julie Ward's idea for Let's Go Quackers was originally inspired by seeing the 2013 Wild in Art trail GoGoGorillas. She said: “I wanted to do something like this ever since I first saw the gorillas on social media, but I didn’t dare hope it would be possible.  When news of the High Street Fund was announced I knew this was my opportunity to make it happen.  To qualify for funding, the idea had to be innovative, engaging and have a bit of longevity.  It also needed to show that there would be wider benefits for the community and for others.  I really believe the ducks will be all of these things.

“My next job was to source the ducks. Where do you go to buy giant ducks? When I was looking around I heard about some 9ft ducks that were for sale in a charity auction after being part of an art trail in Liverpool.  My bid secured the ducks and proceeds went to Macmillan.

“The most important thing to me is that they bring fun to our community, visitors to Ironbridge and smiles to everyone’s faces.”

Donate: Let's Go Quackers Follow: @LetsGoQuackers




 Let's Go Quackers is not Lois Cordelia's first Duck related venture. She previously created a unique trio of "duck-transformations" for the Grand Norwich Duck Race 2017 (raising funds for Break children's charity), using Duck-tape, cable-ties, galvanised steel wire and other utilitarian materials to sculpt miniature figurines onto the backs of large rubber ducks. The Ducks and their riders took part in the duck race in August 2017 in Norwich, staying afloat and upright thanks to their heavy ballast of engineering bricks strapped beneath them!





 

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Faces in the Leaves of Sherwood Forest: Hoodwinked 2018 https://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2018/5/faces-in-the-leaves-of-sherwood-forest-hoodwinked-2018 Britain's most familiar and best loved garden bird, the Robin, is notoriously antisocial, not only towards other bird species, but also its own. However, Nottingham will witness a round of Robins flock to its streets this Summer as part of Hoodwinked 2018, capturing the playful spirit of local legendary outlaw Robin Hood. This free public art trail is presented by Nottingham City Council in partnership with creative events producers Wild in Art and charity partner Nottinghamshire Hospice, for whom the Robin symbolises hope after the passing of a loved one.

Ipswich artist Lois Cordelia has been commissioned to paint one of thirty-three Robins after her design entitled Green Man of Sherwood Forest was chosen to be sponsored by Benoy. Graham Cartledge CBE of Benoy writes: "We are delighted to show our support to Nottinghamshire Hospice, a very well-deserving local charity. The Hoodwinked initiative will attract visitors and locals alike, encouraging people in our community to connect through creativity - something that is at the heart of what our designers do at Benoy." Lois has recently explored the theme of the Green Man in a variety of unusual art mediums, including paper-cutting, creative cartography, and upcycled plastic straws. Now she is preparing to paint the Green Man onto an unexpected canvas: a giant Robin statue.

On the subject of her involvement in the Nottingham art trail, Lois remarks: “Have you seen faces in the leaves of Sherwood Forest? Many folklorists claim that the legend of Robin Hood is derived from the ancient image of the Green Man, or related figures such as Jack in the Green or Robin Goodfellow (Puck). No surprise that Robin Hood is clothed in Lincoln Green. The mischievous outlaw could be hiding in any disguise! Speaking as a Wild in Art addict, I can’t wait to start painting my Robin for Hoodwinked. It means a lot to be part of this (my seventh public art trail), and I’m very grateful to Benoy for sponsoring Green Man of Sherwood Forest. I often link the Green Man with the legend of Robin Hood in Lincoln Green in my artwork. My partner Jason (appropriately also an archer) has kindly agreed to model for the Green Man.”



Lois will travel to Nottingham later this month to paint her design onto the Robin statue. She will be working in a public painting space in intu Broadmarsh. Lois welcomes an audience of all ages while she paints, so don't be shy - come along on Monday 14th May circa 10.30 am - 4.00 pm, watch, ask questions, and be inspired! Please note: the full design of each Robin cannot be revealed until the trail goes live on Saturday 7th July 2018, but you can catch a sneak preview of work in progress on some of the Robins if you drop by at the painting space.

Follow: @Hoodwinked2018

Location of the Painting Space:
intu Broadmarsh
Lister Gate, Nottingham NG1 7LB, on the ground floor next door to Made in Nottingham.






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Where do you go to buy giant Ducks? Let's Go Quackers! https://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2018/4/where-do-you-go-to-buy-giant-ducks-lets-go-quackers Follow @LetsGoQuackers

Ten giant Ducks will form part of Let's Go Quackers, a fun family-orientated art trail coming to Ironbridge in Summer 2018 and then moving to Southwater, Telford to coincide with Telford's Carnival of Giants event, bringing smiles to visitors young and old alike, and raising valuable funds for local charities (Severn Hospice and the Jayne Sargent Foundation). The trail is the idea of local resident Julie Ward, who has worked tirelessly to bring her dream to life, successfully securing an impressive bid from Telford & Wrekin Council's Pride in Your High Street fund to ensure that the trail goes ahead.


Each of the Ducks will be hand-painted by an artist, either working to their own design, or in collaboration with local school children or students and others who have submitted a design for one of the Ducks. The trail organisers received an overwhelming 750+ design submissions for the 10 Ducks. It was an extremely difficult decision to choose just 10 designs to appeal to every age group and to reflect the local history and heritage of Telford and Ironbridge. The full list of artists includes: Nicky Meecham, Jenny Leonard, Donna Newman, Alicia Hollis, Traci Moss, Jackie Coyle, Shropshire Fine Art, Lois Cordelia, Lizzie Moretti and Megan Evans.


Ipswich artist Lois Cordelia will travel to Telford in April 2018 to paint a steampunk-fairytale inspired design onto one of the Ducks: Once Upon a Fairytale. Lois is very excited to have been chosen as one of the artists for Let's Go Quackers, and to be bringing her design to life for the trail. The steampunk theme of her design was partly inspired by the history of Ironbridge and Telford and their links with the Industrial Revolution, and partly by the distinctive steampunk-style goggles of the Duck statues themselves. Combining a quirky mix of imagery in her characteristic black silhouette style on a rich antique gold background, Lois hopes her design will appeal to trail visitors of every age-group, allowing them to spot lots of fun and unexpected details.

Note:
Once Upon a Fairytale is currently still available for sponsorship (in part or as a whole) by a local business or individual. Sponsorship packages start at only £160 per single board, or £1200 to sponsor the whole Duck, which will be prominently sited in Ironbridge, World Heritage site, for 8 weeks of the first part of the trail, then moving to Southwater, Telford (the heart of Telford), outside Telford’s Shopping Centre, to showcase the Ducks further linking to the Carnival of Giants event also celebrating Telford’s 50th Anniversary. The trail will attract many visitors. If you or your business are interested in having your name, logo and message on a billboard attached to the plinth at the base of the Duck and supporting this exciting venture in aid of fantastic local causes, please don't hesitate to contact Julie Ward: info@letsgoquackers.co.uk or 07966520537.


Above: Sneak preview of Once Upon A Fairytale ... Lois is not allowed to reveal the full design until the trail goes live. Watch this space...!

The timing of the trail is very apt: Telford celebrates its 50th year in 2018. Telford is named after civil engineer Thomas Telford (1757-1834) who engineered many road and rail projects in Shropshire. It is often known as "the birthplace of industry". Today, Telford is the largest town in Shropshire and one of the fastest growing towns in Britain. Nearby Ironbridge is located in the heart of the Ironbridge Gorge and takes its name from the famous Iron Bridge that crosses the River Severn. Opened in 1781, the Iron Bridge was the first major bridge in the world to be made of cast iron.

Julie Ward's idea for Let's Go Quackers was originally inspired by seeing the 2013 Wild in Art trail GoGoGorillas. She said: “I wanted to do something like this ever since I first saw the gorillas on social media, but I didn’t dare hope it would be possible.  When news of the High Street Fund was announced I knew this was my opportunity to make it happen.  To qualify for funding, the idea had to be innovative, engaging and have a bit of longevity.  It also needed to show that there would be wider benefits for the community and for others.  I really believe the ducks will be all of these things.

“My next job was to source the ducks. Where do you go to buy giant ducks? When I was looking around I heard about some 9ft ducks that were for sale in a charity auction after being part of an art trail in Liverpool.  My bid secured the ducks and proceeds went to Macmillan.

“My plan now is to get business sponsorship for each duck and work with local artists, community groups, schools and others to submit fun designs to decorate the ducks that reflect Telford. The most important thing to me is that they bring fun to our community, visitors to Ironbridge and smiles to everyone’s faces.”




 Let's Go Quackers is not Lois Cordelia's first Duck related venture. She previously created a unique trio of "duck-transformations" for the Grand Norwich Duck Race 2017 (raising funds for Break children's charity), using Duck-tape, cable-ties, galvanised steel wire and other utilitarian materials to sculpt miniature figurines onto the backs of large rubber ducks. The Ducks and their riders took part in the duck race in August 2017 in Norwich, staying afloat and upright thanks to their heavy ballast of engineering bricks strapped beneath them!






 

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Norwich Malka Event raises £1300 for Norwich Refugees https://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2018/3/norwich-malka-event-raises-1300-for-norwich-refugees A heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped make our third Malka-inspired fundraiser (Norwich, Sunday 4th March 2018) such a beautiful, memorable and successful event: together, we raised around £1300 for the vital work of the Norwich Refugee support charity New Routes, a vibrant local charity working to settle and integrate refugees.

The richly varied programme included live acoustic music and singing by The Fire Doves, a number of traditional circle folk dances with live accompaniment by zesty band Zaramo (including Norwich-based singer Sebastiana Black, whose haunting vocals bring the little girl Malka's journey to life in the film), a number of acoustic songs with guitar sung by Salman Toheed of Blasian, a reading of two poems by an Egyptian Norwich resident, an introductory talk by New Routes, a double screening of Malka (with and without subtitles), an exhibition of the artwork featured in the film and live speed-painting by Lois Cordelia, and a generous buffet of finger-foods and cake.

At its official launch in Ipswich in April 2017, the Malka 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 second fundraiser event at the Angel Cafe in Diss in July 2017 raised more than £600 in addition for the Hoxne based charity Next Stop Symi which takes vital supplies to trapped refugees on the Greek island of Symi and elsewhere. During Autumn 2017, the film was selected for screening as part of three international film festivals, including  the Symi International Film Festival in Greece, Woodengate Film Festival in Maramures County, Romania, and the Documentaries Without Borders Festival in Delaware, USA.

Below: Circle Dancing, led by Stefan Freedman




Below: Zaramo in concert: Birgitta Campbell fiddle, Sebastiana Black vocals, John Firmin accordion, Kim Redshaw djembe. Norwich, March 2018.

Below: Zaramo in concert, with Stefan Freedman



Below: Lois Cordelia (Malka visual artist), with some of the artwork for the film, and two fresh paintings completed during the Norwich fundraiser.


Below: The mother and child painting chosen by the winner of the silent art auction.


Below: More live acoustic music by Salman Toheed of the Blasian band


Below: Zaramo in concert: Birgitta Campbell fiddle, John Firmin accordion, Kim Redshaw djembe, Sebastiana Black vocals. Norwich, March 2018.



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loiscordelia@gmail.com (Loïs Cordelia) acrylics art blasian ceilidh circle dance cut-paper dance east anglia exhibition film fundraiser ipswich live art demo lois cordelia malka music new routes norfolk norwich paper-cutting portraits refugee support refugees sebastiana black speed-painting stefan freedman suffolk zaramo https://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2018/3/norwich-malka-event-raises-1300-for-norwich-refugees Sun, 04 Mar 2018 23:56:44 GMT
Malka Celebration Sun 4th March: fundraising for Norwich Refugees https://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2018/2/malka-celebration-sun-4th-march-raising-funds-for-refugees-in-norwich A short film called Malka, dedicated to refugee children (2017, dir: Stefan Freedman) is continuing to raise valuable funds to help refugees in East Anglia and far beyond. Following its screening at two very successful fundraising events in Ipswich and Diss last year, Malka will be the focus of a third event at Harford Community Centre in Norwich on Sunday 4th March 2018 (2.00 pm - 5.00 pm). All proceeds will go to New Routes, a vibrant local charity working to settle and integrate refugees in Norwich.

The event will feature a double screening of Malka (with and without subtitles), followed by a concert of live music by The Fire Doves, an exhibition of the artwork featured in the film and live speed-art by Lois Cordelia, a reading of two poems by an Egyptian Norwich resident, a varied buffet of finger-foods and cake, and an opportunity to take part in a number of traditional circle folk dances with live accompaniment by zesty band Zaramo. Zaramo includes Norwich-based singer Sebastiana Black, whose haunting vocals bring the little girl Malka's journey to life in the film. The afternoon will also feature an introductory talk by New Routes.



Date: Sunday 4th March 2018
Times: 14.00 - 17.00.
Venue: Harford Community Centre, Hall Road, Norwich NR4 6ET
Tickets: £10 for an adult or £5 for a student. Refugees and Asylum-seekers are welcome for a nominal £1. Advance tickets can be purchased from Kate O'Rourke komorourke@gmail.com or 01603 662842. Tickets can also be purchased on the door if places are still available.

 

At its official launch in Ipswich in April 2017, the Malka 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 second fundraiser event at the Angel Cafe in Diss in July 2017 raised more than £600 in addition for the Hoxne based charity Next Stop Symi which takes vital supplies to trapped refugees on the Greek island of Symi and elsewhere. During Autumn 2017, the film was selected for screening as part of three international film festivals, including  the Symi International Film Festival in Greece, Woodengate Film Festival in Maramures County, Romania, and the Documentaries Without Borders Festival in Delaware, USA.

Below: The visuals for the Malka film were created as mixed media illustrations by Lois Cordelia, including a blend of acrylic paintings, brushpen, paper-cutting and drawing, layered digitally.


 

Above: Musicians including Sebastiana Black and Stefan Freedman performing a live concert during the Ipswich Malka fundraiser in April 2017.
 

Music
The music for Malka features the distinctive voice of Norwich-based Czech singer Sebastiana Black, 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.





Above: "Circle of Dance, Music and Art" paper-cut artwork by Lois Cordelia

Ipswich artist Lois Cordelia will perform a live speed-painting demonstration as part of the Sunday 4th March event in Norwich, painting along with the live music, to evoke the spirit of the film. Much of the artwork that Lois created for the Malka film will also be on display. A silent art auction running throughout the afternoon will raise additional funds for New Routes, as will the sale of Lois's greetings cards featuring the above "Circle of Dance, Music and Art" paper-cut artwork design. Two silent auctions of Lois' paintings for Malka have so far raised more than £500 for refugee support charities.

Below: Lois Cordelia performs live speed-art during the Ipswich Malka fundraiser in April 2017.



"Malka" is a short film (less than 5 minutes's duration) 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."
 

Malka director 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:

"MALKA is the name of a seven year old girl. She is fleeing from extreme danger, looking for refuge. The inner world she inhabits - feelings, images, fears and hopes - is as real and viscerally present as the external one. She and her mother are the focus of a short (four and a half minutes) animation in which Malka represents refugee children everywhere.

"Her name means 'little one' in Bulgarian, and in both Arabic and Hebrew means 'queen'. The name came to me spontaneously while I wrote the song and only afterward I discovered the meanings.

"Today with an unprecedented number of displaced people seeking refuge, the media is full of stories about 'the refugee crisis'. This fuels fear and protest. Nations are putting pressure on other nations to take more refugees while negotiating to reduce their own intake. 

"So the popular perception is one of grave uncertainty and risk, of facing a human tsunami. A 'refugee problem'. We become defensive and completely lose sight of the individual adult or child - unwillingly caught up in events they would never have chosen. The aim of this short film is to enchant viewers and evoke a feeling of understanding and empathy. The viewer is given glimpses not only of Malka's nightmarish memories, but of dreams and hopes that sustain her through hardship.

"My hope is that the film will open up the question that perhaps knowing or supporting even one person or family seeking refuge will be a rewarding experience. The short film has been used as a focal point for successful refugee fundraisers in collaboration with Suffolk Refugee Support."

(- Stefan Freedman, February 2018)

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.

 

Thank You
Stefan and Lois wish to extend heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in making all 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.





 

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Green Man straw sculpture installed at Akeman Pub, Tring https://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2017/12/the-akeman-oakman-and-the-green-man Ipswich artist Lois Cordelia was recently involved in a pioneering art project to transform a vast stockpile of discarded plastic drinking straws into a meaningful sculpture for Oakman Inns and Restaurants, inspired by topical campaigns to #BanTheStraw and #TrashPlastic. Lois's finished sculpture of a giant Green Man has now been installed in its new home: the beautifully refurbished Akeman Pub in Tring, Hertfordshire. The commission is one of several Lois has completed via MyArtBrief, an innovative online art commissioning platform that connects artists directly with clients. Lois has swiftly become the "most commissioned artist" at MyArtBrief since she joined in February 2017.

Belinda Boyd, writing for Oakman Inns, reports:


The Akeman, Oakman and The Green Man
A decade of happy memories provides a small gift for planet


7th December 2017: One of Tring’s favourite pubs, The Akeman, will be celebrating its tenth birthday this month as the first of what has now become a major force in the Pub Industry, Oakman Inns.

The Akeman recently underwent a major refurbishment and an extension into the shop next door providing a new wood-fired pizza oven in the extended open kitchen, more seating in the enlarged restaurant and two cosy ‘parlour rooms’ with a dedicated servery - which have all received many favourable and admiring comments from their regulars. One change has been the display of a large and unusual wall sculpture of a giant Green Man, commissioned by Oakman’s CEO, Peter Borg-Neal, which is made from tens of thousands of plastic straws.



A Green Man is a sculpture or other representation of a face surrounded by leaves, branches or vines. It was originally known as a Foliate Head and was commonly used as a decorative architectural ornament. Green Men are frequently found in carvings on both secular and ecclesiastical buildings, and in 1939 inspired Julia, Lady Raglan to produce a paper “The Green Man in Church Architecture” where the term “Green Man” was first used, later to become the preferred label. Prior to that, green forested figures came with a variety of names and formed a variety of European cultures. Lady Raglan’s work was invaluable in establishing the Green Man as a legitimate object of historical and anthropological study.

Peter Borg-Neal’s commission was prompted by seeing evidence of the appalling and direct impact of discarded straws on so many sea creatures, and he decided to ban single-use plastic drinking straws from all 20 of their pubs to mark Earth Day 2017 (22nd April). However, this meant he had a stockpile of over 60,000 unwanted plastic straws – which he could hardly throw away!

Peter said: “We take sustainability seriously in our business, and having seen a tragic video of a turtle with a straw embedded deep in its nose, we became the first pub group to #BanTheStraw in the UK, which has inspired other pub groups to follow suit. Sending our stock of plastic straws to landfill was not an option so we decided to find an artist to refashion them into a sculpture that epitomised Oakman Inns’ culture.”



Ipswich sculptor, Lois Cordelia, was commissioned to design and create a wall-mounted sculpture which incorporates several tens of thousands of the unwanted plastic straws, threaded, woven and bunched together on a sturdy frame of steel wire. Lois said: “It was a privilege to work with Oakman Inns on such an unusual and pioneering brief, which came to me through the innovative MyArtBrief website. From my initial thoughts of creating a giant Oak tree out of the straws, the Green Man evolved to incorporate not only oak leaves but many other distinctive elements of native British fauna and flora. People's
response to this creative 'upcycling' has been overwhelmingly positive.”






The Green Man theme is intrinsically linked with Oakman Inns and its name. According to some sources the first recorded use of “Ake Man” suggests that the name was a personal or even a nickname for a hard man, one as strong as oak. The surname as Oakman or Okman was occupational for a forester or perhaps a charcoal maker.

The arboreal theme continues throughout the group, as Oakman also owns The Akeman Inn in Kingswood, near Bicester and the soon-to-be redeveloped Royal Foresters in Ascot. The company also owns four Beech Houses, designed to be relaxed casual dining and drinking pubs and The Cherry Tree in Olney, which opens next Spring after its conversion from a Care Home.

The Akeman in Tring is not only the first pub in the widely acclaimed group, but is also managed by Peter Borg-Neal’s son, Éamonn, who started work in the pub as a kitchen porter as a 16-year-old. Peter said: “I started working in the pub trade in exactly the same way. You have to start at the bottom and if you run your own business, you have to know and understand how to do every job. I am so proud of Eamonn and where he is today.”


Ban the Straw campaign:

To mark Earth Day this year (22nd April), Oakman Inns was the first UK pub group to ban all single-
use plastic straws from their pubs, offering instead a biodegradable alternative on request. Quickly
branded as #StrawsSuck, more pub and restaurant groups have joined them and it has even
become the subject of legislation in some US States.


 

About Oakman Inns:
The company was founded by entrepreneur and CEO Peter Borg-Neal. The first Oakman Inn was The Akeman in Tring in 2007, which quickly won an award for outstanding design and conservation work, with which the pub group has become synonymous. The multiple award-winning company established the new concept of the ‘modern public house’ and has successfully transformed both historic and modern buildings into contemporary spaces that have a strong sense of identity and integration within the local communities that they serve. Offering a high standard of food, drink and service ‘The Oakman Collection’ comprises 20 contemporary Inns with letting rooms and ‘all-day’ pubs across Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and the West Midlands. The Four Alls in Warwickshire is closed for refurbishment and will open along with three new sites in the first half of next year.

The pub group is proud of its reputation for looking after its growing team. They have developed a specially designed training and career development academy called ‘Oakmanology’ to help each individual to be the best they can be.

In November, they were the first pub company to receive the Princess Royal Training Award for training excellence and won the British Institute of Innkeepers’ National Innovation in Training Award (NITA) for Best Casual Dining Training Programme. Ranked 8 th in the Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to Work For 2017, it’s the highest rated hospitality company in the List. Over the last four years, the group has also won seven Publican Awards.


 

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loiscordelia@gmail.com (Loïs Cordelia) akeman art ban the straw green man lois cordelia my art brief oakman inns plastic sculpture https://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2017/12/the-akeman-oakman-and-the-green-man Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:11:06 GMT
Free-fall: Art from Poetry and Poetry from Art https://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2017/11/free-fall-art-from-poetry-and-poetry-from-art Ekphrasis is a Greek term referring to a creative process in which one art medium relates or responds to another. Poet and artist Karen Dennison's recent compilation Free-fall is an exploration of this idea, in which visual art inspires poetry, which in turn inspires visual art, and so on.

Free-fall is a continuation of the chain of responses in the Book of Sand and Blueshift pamphlets. It begins with a poem in response to Blueshift’s final piece, Disappointment, by Sam Smith. This poem was given to an artist to respond to, whose artwork was given to a different poet to respond to and so on, resulting in a sequential series of poetry and art.

Lois Cordelia is one of a number of visual artists whose work features in Free-fall. Lois created this mixed-media illustration, "Reveal the Secret Night", in response to Karen Dennison's poem "This Tree", incorporating an intricate paper-cut design. Lois's illustration then inspired the poem "Changeling" by Rosie Sandler, and so the ekphrasis continued to evolve between visual art and poetry.



Free-fall features poems by Oz Hardwick, Pam Thompson, Karen Dennison, Rosie Sandler, Alex Toms, Caroline Davies and Kerry Hammerton, and artworks by Hannah Willow, Tara Pandey, Lois Cordelia, Sam Smith, Julia Watson, Heidi Jukes and Karen Dennison.

"A long time in the meticulous making, this very, very beautiful collection of words and pictures, lovingly curated by Karen Dennison, is a thing of beauty. Treat yourself."

It is available to buy for £5 per copy via Karen Dennison's website: https://kdennison.wordpress.com/free-fall/



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loiscordelia@gmail.com (Loïs Cordelia) anthology art cut-paper ekphrasis free-fall karen dennison paper-cutting poetry https://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2017/11/free-fall-art-from-poetry-and-poetry-from-art Fri, 24 Nov 2017 00:09:27 GMT
Naval themes inspire NutCrackers for Portsmouth Historic Dockyard https://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2017/11/naval-themes-inspire-nutcrackers-for-portsmouth-historic-dockyard The not-to-be-missed Victorian Festival of Christmas returns to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard next month, running for three days only from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd December 2017 (daily 10.00 am - 5.00 pm), with a stunning centrepiece trail of 12 giant nautical themed Nutcracker statues. In addition, the festival boasts a bustling Christmas Market of more than 150 stalls selling hand-crafted items and curiosities, and the chance to watch and sing along with traditional Victorian street performers and musicians, as well as lots of other exciting and fun-filled activities for all the family.

The Nutcracker trail is presented by Wild in Art in association with Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and will consist of 12 giant soldier statues, each one inspired by a nautical brief, celebrating key historical figures, ships or themes, brought to life by artists including Deven Bhurke, Donna Newman, Jess Perrin, Lois Cordelia, Megan Evans and Rachel Blackwell. Most of the statues have been painted on-site at the Dockyard. #NutcrackersOnParade

After the festival finishes, some of the sculptures will be auctioned off for NMRN, a registered charity run by the National Museums Royal Navy, while others will be displayed in the grounds of the museum at the historic royal dockyards.

Ipswich artist Lois Cordelia's Nutcracker design responds to a brief called "Poor Powder Monkeys". The so-called Powder Monkeys were yong boys (aged about 10 - 14) who were recruited into the navy in the 1800's and exploited for their small size to run and fetch gunpowder from the ship’s hold and carry it to load the artillery guns onboard warships. Their job was demanding and dangerous. Lois's design features a collection of dramatic silhouette vignettes telling the stories of the daily life of the powder monkeys. On the back of the Nutcracker, Lois has painted an evocative portrait in sepia tones based on the most famous photograph of a powder monkey, dated circa 1864.

Lois travelled to Portsmouth in November 2017 to paint her design onto a blank Nutcracker statue. Being a speed-painter, Lois completed the entire paintwork in about 8 hours.

#NutcrackersOnParade




"Poor Powder Monkeys"

















Miniature #NutcrackersOnParade :-)

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loiscordelia@gmail.com (Loïs Cordelia) art christmas monkeys" nutcracker portraits portsmouth historic dockyard portsmouth harbour powder speed-painting victorian festival of christmas wild in art https://www.loiscordelia.com/blog/2017/11/naval-themes-inspire-nutcrackers-for-portsmouth-historic-dockyard Thu, 23 Nov 2017 20:28:11 GMT