Lest We Forget - coffee and cut-paper evoke National Trust wartime stories

November 14, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

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Coffee painting and papercut silhouettes combine to evoke a bygone era in this two-minute-silence stop-motion animation, commissioned by National Trust in the Midlands.


The film references the following National Trust properties and WW1/WW2 connections:

Melford Hall, fields of poppies in the Suffolk countryside
Attingham Hall and WW1 convalescence ward
Belton Hall WW1 Hospital
Oxburgh Hall and Upton Hall Kitchen Garden, Dig for Victory
Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo
Women's Land Army, Lumberjills of the Women's Timber Corps, Culford, Suffolk
Sheringham Hall, Sheringham Park and Pillbox
Dunwich Heath, Operation Kruschen 1943
Clumber Park Memorial
Blickling Hall RAF Oulton, Norfolk

Loïs painted each scene using coffee pigment to suggest the inky sepia tone of old photographs, adding small amounts of finer detail digitally. Each human figure is cut out of paper and hinged with paper fasteners to articulate the movement of limbs and gestures one frame at a time. It takes about an hour to create a second's worth of stop motion footage.



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