Feature in the Ipswich Star and East Anglian Daily Times, Tuesday 29th March 2016:
Lois was born in Ipswich in 1982, and still considers it her home, although she has travelled, lived and studied in other locations in the UK and abroad. She attended Northgate High School and Sixth Form, in Ipswich, where her A-level art teacher Mr Emery challenged her to evolve from black and white to colour and start painting. Fifteen years on, Lois performs regular speed-painting demos and teaches painting workshops all over East Anglia and beyond.
She called her design for the Pigs Gone Wild trail "Pig-geswyk", a play on the name "Gippeswyk", which is the old name for Ipswich, meaning "Place of the [River] Gipping". The design features twin townscapes of Ipswich, contrasting ancient and modern, which will be painted on the two flanks of the pig in Lois's characteristically energetic speed-painting style. The design was selected to be sponsored for the Pigs Gone Wild trail by Ipswich Central, as it fits perfectly with their ethos of working to ensure a strong and prosperous future for Ipswich town centre, through promoting its history and heritage, but also enhancing its contemporary image.
Lois will be painting her pig in a public painting space in Sailmakers Shopping Centre (formerly Tower Ramparts Shopping Centre, adjacent to the main bus station in Ipswich town centre), and will welcome visitors and curious onlookers.
Dates to be announced - watch this space!
From the Pigs Gone Wild website:
"St Elizabeth Hospice has teamed up with Wild in Art to stage Suffolk’s biggest ever mass-participation, public art event – Pigs Gone Wild.
"The interactive sculpture trail will feature more than 40 pigs across Ipswich and beyond. This summer, from 27 June to 2 September, you will be able to follow the trail, collect points with our Pigs Gone Wild app and to try to see as many of the sculptures as possible.
"The pigs, beautifully decorated by artists and generously sponsored by local businesses, will be on show for 10 weeks this summer. They will be joined by a sounder of junior pig sculptures designed by local school children and teachers, which will appear in litters across the town.
"After you have enjoyed Pigs Gone Wild during its 10-week extravaganza, the large pig sculptures will be auctioned to raise funds for St Elizabeth Hospice."