'Home is Where the Art is' is a project by the Isle of Man Arts Council which aims to inspire the Manx public whilst supporting and celebrating creative in isolation on and from the Isle of Man. Stay tuned everyday of May to see a number of fantastic videos from creatives as part of our Home is Where The Art Is project.
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We will be adding videos each day in summary of week two! Kicking us off is Ellie Matthews and her partner Ian!
Ellie and Ian entertain us on the Xylophone.
Ellie and Ian are both members of Rushen Silver Band. They live in Port Erin and enjoy being a part of the community in the South where they grew up.
“I received a xylophone for my recent birthday and during the lockdown I decided to start learning it with my partner, Ian. We were inspired by all the people entertaining us on social media with their musical instruments and thought we would try and so the same - but something a bit different and a bit more lively. It did take us a long time because Ian has never played the xylophone before! Confidence is not really a strong point and I am proud of the fact that he managed it. We were encouraged to enter the Arts Council project by two members who are obviously doing their jobs very well!“
Indeed, over 100 likes of the video on Ellie’s Facebook page was £100 of her own money donated to the charity Southern Befrienders in memory of Ellie’s late friend Margaret who she met through volunteering with the Charity.
Karolina upcycles an old jacket.
Karolina is a painter, illustrator and mural artist. She has been drawing and painting for as long as she can remember, but her real and more professional art adventure began when Karolina moved to the island.
“It was so exciting to create this denim jacket! The design is inspired by one of my favourite movies Spirited Away and its iconic character, Faceless, which I recreated into my own style (most of my handpainted clothes have a galaxy theme). I really love to upcycle old clothes. During lockdown a lot of people do deep cleaning in their wardrobes – maybe this short video could inspire people to give their old clothes a new life and unique style?”
It has been here on the Isle of Man where Karolina has had so many opportunities to follow her dreams to be successful in her art career. Karolina’s style is very colourful and cheerful. Her main goal with it is to bring a smile to people’s faces.
What lockdown looks like for sustainability chef, Pippa Lovell.
"The project was inspired by being self sufficient during covid lockdown. During the covid lockdown, my restaurant "versa" has had to close and in order to make it possible to re-open I have had to grow my own produce. My late mother was a poet and through isolation my grief has been very prevalent, so this poem has subconsciously been a way of connecting with her and our love for the garden, i guess. It is a poem about growth, growth during a time of pause. For the listener this is subjective. It is a poem of comfort in keeping on keeping on. I have been videoing my day to day in the garden to accommodate the words."
Pippa undertook theatre and music at university to find herself with a weekend job as a potwash to fund champagne. Pippa slowly gained more satisfaction in someone asking for second helpings of food than being complimented on her drum bashing skills. Pippa found that theatre and music were best as a hobby and after trying several careers, she has has ended up back in the kitchen where food is her catalyst for change.
Music teacher, Chris Sullivan performs Mozart
Chris is a teacher of saxophone and clarinet with the Isle of Man Music Service (DESC). Chris also teaches privately and at King William's College.
“I wanted to create something that anybody could create themselves at home with basic equipment and software. I chose 3 variations on the theme of 'Là ci darem la mano'. This is an arrangement of Mozart's original theme expanded by Beethoven into seven variations. The first movement is an easy to play statement of the original melody followed by two movements that are progressively harder. The idea behind the three movements is to show that people of all age and abilities are able to create music themselves at home. Part of my work as a teacher is not only to educate but to act as a role model by performing in the community, hopefully the young musicians of Mann will see this and be inspired!
By layering three recorded parts together in free software such as 'Audacity' or 'GarageBand' I then was able to piece the three movements together in a free video editor. You can try this yourself at home on your computer or even with a free app such as 'Acapella'. Chamber music is often difficult to play in the best of circumstances but, with enough time, you may find that the sound that you blend with best is your own!”
In his spare time, Chris runs a woodwind repair business but still finds time for performance. Chris is co-principal clarinettist of the Isle of Man Symphony Orchestra having premiered Glazunov's Saxophone Concerto on the Island in 2016 and enjoys performing with local groups such as the Isle of Man Wind Orchestra and Manx Voices.
Manx Museum Technician Continues Creating at Home.
"I was sent home as a vulnerable worker but was able to make model trees at home for the Rushen Abbey model. These trees stand from 3" - 24" high and at this stage they are made from wire before coated in bark. They look like silver organic sculptures and would be very easy for anyone at home to make and you can let your imagination run away with you as to how you want these sculptures to look like."
Kevin works at the Manx Museum as a Technician and has been to refurbish the Rushen Abbey model hence why he has been making the new trees at home. Kevin has been with MNH for 30 years setting up exhibitions. He once entered himself into an art competition at the museum and came second place with a wooden art piece.
Manx school pupil, Zac writes, sings and records his own music video during lockdown.
Zac is 12 years old and in year 7 at Ballakermeen High School. Zac loves songwriting and recording his own music.
“I really like Lewis Capaldi’s music and I enjoy writing my own songs and recording them. I wrote this song called My Love Forever while I’ve been off school for the lockdown. I wanted to record a video to go with the song and my sister drove me to Laxey beach at 5 o clock in the morning to record the sun coming up - BUT unfortunately it wasn’t sunny that day so I sang it on the beach instead. I wrote the song first and then I used LogicPro to record the song and put the video together using iMovie. My sister Jasmine helped by recording me on her iPhone - my other sister Anika stayed in the car as she was too cold! I hope you enjoy my song!”
Zac uses LogicPro and also plays the piano, the saxophone and the drums. Zac tells us that he enjoys performing and has been in some shows at the Gaiety theatre. Zac will be playing the keyboard in the School of Rock with Taylorian. When he’s older Zac wants to be a singer/songwriter/music producer.
Beth Louella creates portraits of NHS heroes.
Beth Louella is a Fine Artist with artwork that is largely celebratory. Beth is particularly interested in expressing the unseen. She is inspired by people and places; it is this inspiration that Beth aims to capture in her work. Beth studied Art to postgraduate level, attending UAL London (B.S.A.D.), Birmingham City University (U.C.E.) and Reading University.
“The projects covered in the video are my Honest Joy ink drawings which are decorative portraits incorporating some text and communicating positive messages. Already underway, more drawings have been created in lockdown and I have made free colouring editions from selected pieces available to all due to our unique situation. My Honest Joy drawings were always about sharing joy and encouraging others visually, sharing joy and encouragement are even more important now.
The postponing and cancelling of some of my art projects due to covid-19 has meant more time so I have experimented with some of my processes. Example is using elements from my ink drawings in my paintings and also using parts of my existing paintings in my new ink drawings - the focus of sharing joy and encouraging others still being strong.
I am taking part in Portraits for NHS Heroes #portraitsfornhsheroes which involves creating a portrait for a NHS keyworker for free and gifting it to them. I have agreed to paint the portraits of four NHS workers and have nearly completed the first portrait (featuring an Isle of Man nurse working on CATU/The Covid Ward). As an artist I love to celebrate people in my art and I appreciate the positive impact that has on others. To know that my NHS heroes are excited about having their portraits painted and are looking forward to seeing and owning the final pieces in the current situation means a lot – it is also why I agreed to paint four instead of one!”
Beth mainly focus on the human form and explore a range of emotional / social factors through symbolism, composition and colour. Beth works with a range of media, especially paint and mixed media. Her work contains elements of realism and expressionism, tone is fragmented, compositions are dynamic and colours are bold.