Loïs Cordelia | CV


Lois Cordelia Bülow-Osborne

2 Heywood Close, Ipswich, IP2 9LG Tel.: 01473 685513 Mobile: 07949 042115

Email: LoisCordelia@gmail.com ● Artwork portfolio: www.LoisCordelia.com


Personal Profile


I am a versatile freelance artist, workshop tutor and illustrator with a strong emphasis on community engagement through public events. I am reliable, enthusiastic and well organised, work efficiently as a team member, and am confident with IT. I have excellent communication skills, both oral and written, with a keen sensitivity for languages, a strong academic and research record, and acute attention to detail.




Creative & Fine Arts:

  • Confident presenting public live art demos and illustrated talks.

  • Inspiring creative workshop tutor for adults and children.

  • Outstanding draughtsmanship skills: painting, illustration, sculpture.

  • Gallery duties: hanging, stewarding, supervision, sales, customer service.

Office & Graphics:

  • Competent with Windows and Mac, MS Office and Adobe Photoshop.

  • Website maintenance, image editing and blog writing.


  • Native UK English speaker. Competent in spoken and written German.


  • Full clean UK Driver's License.


  • Enhanced DBS Certificate (October 2016).


Work Experience


June 2006 – Present

Freelance Artist, Illustrator,

Graphic Designer

UK, Europe

  • Regularly perform public live art demonstrations and talks at galleries, art shops, art clubs and other venues.

  • Planned and led creative workshops for adults and children, including vulnerable adults with autism and mental health issues.

  • Co-founded and run a popular not-for-profit twice-monthly life drawing class to benefit local artists and models.

  • Facilitator for monthly “Art & Spirituality” Interfaith Forum: organised meetings, hosted guest speakers, fielded discussion.

  • Created designs for public art trails.

  • Raised funds for charity via live demonstrations and auctions.

  • Hosted artist and creative freelancer networking sessions.

  • Promoted publicity via press, radio, social media, interviews, video, live events and guest blogging.

  • Gallery duties: hanging, stewarding, supervision, sales, customer service. Welcomed visitors, hosted receptions and private views.

  • Created original paintings, portraits, sculptures and illustrations for public and private commissions, books, illustrations, journals, posters, logos, film, music videos and exhibitions in the UK and abroad, working to tight deadlines and under pressure.

  • Exhibited widely and sold artwork in the UK and abroad.

  • Maintained website portfolio and blog: www.LoisCordelia.com


2005 – 2012

Freelance Translator, Tutor, Proofreader


  • Worked to tight deadlines and under pressure.

  • Strictly respected client confidentiality.

  • Supplied English translations of formal, medical, legal and technical German and Arabic documents.

  • Acquired knowledge of industry-specific terminologies.

  • Proofread and copy-edited academic research assignments.

  • Quality checked English translations of German documents.

  • Liaised with project coordinators, team members and clients.

  • Offered linguistic tuition in Arabic language.


Intervals 2000 – Present

Personal Studio and Office Assistant to Author-Artist

Jan Pienkowski,


  • Supplied illustrations, designs and page layouts for books.

  • Assembled working models of pop-up books and theatre props.

  • Edited images and designs using Adobe Photoshop.

  • Catalogued books and compiled bibliographies.

  • Contributed visual and linguistic research for illustration projects.

  • Secretarial duties: typed and proofread correspondence, answered telephone calls, liaised with publishers.

  • Photocopying, scanning, ordering supplies, packaging parcels.


February – March 2007

Voluntary Team Arabist, Archaeological Expedition


  • Contributed linguistically to archaeological field research.

  • Interviewed local people about traditional irrigation systems, farming methods, customs, and contemporary trends in fashion.

  • Researched etymological and mythological significance.

  • Wrote detailed academic research report on findings.




Intervals 2002 – 2006

Voluntary Assistant,

University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy Centre

  • Categorised books and other resources in new Interfaith Library.

  • Welcomed fresher students, gave guided tours of Chaplaincy facilities; assisted with exhibitions, receptions, lunchtime gatherings, opening ceremonies, cultural and interfaith events.

  • Designed publicity flyers, posters and graphics.

  • Student member of Chaplaincy Committee.


Education & Qualifications

October 2002 – June 2006

MA(Hons) Arabic – 1st

University of Edinburgh

  • Studied Arabic language, literature and culture; earned credits in Biblical Hebrew and Sanskrit.

  • Acquired high-level proficiency in translation, written composition, and spoken Modern Standard Arabic.

  • Dissertation: Discuss the contemporary relevance of Arabic calligraphy to the Islamic world.

September 1999 – June 2001

Northgate Sixth Form, Ipswich

  • A-levels: Art A, Biology A, English Literature A, Latin A.



  • Natural history: Enjoy woodland and hill walking, and closely observing nature.

  • Health and fitness: Enjoy jogging, dancing, and resistance training, and a healthy vegetarian cuisine, for a balanced lifestyle.


References - on request