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New ‘Wood’ music composed

posted on May 27, 2010

A second original piece of music, inspired by the OneOak project, is now available.

‘Wood’ is a personal response by musician and composer Faith Elliott to the work of her father, furniture designer Derek Elliott. A recent exhibition at which this piece was launched, included a display of boards from the OneOak tree. The music consists entirely of sounds made from wood, from working wood or from wooden musical instruments. Other musicians playing on the piece include Sam Alty and Jerome Warlow. Faith is currently the musical director of Giffords Circus.

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OneOak Trio music

posted on March 25, 2010

We are extremely privileged to have had an original piece of music composed for the OneOak project.

Anna Hemery composed the music and coined the name – the “OneOak Trio”.  The trio comprised violin and piano (Anna Hemery) and cello (played by husband Nick Cooper).

Anna has played with many leading orchestras and theatre companies in Britain and internationally.  She has composed and recorded sound tracks for film and television, and in popular music worked with Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.  She also teaches violin.

Nick Cooper’s career includes playing for the London Symphony Orchestra, Balanescu Quartet, Gavin Bryars Ensemble, Szlani Quartet. He has performed with jazz musicians including John Surman & Tran4mation, the late Michael Brecker, Michael Reissler, Kurt Elling and the Folk Fiddler Chris Wood.  He also works periodically at The National Theatre and for the Royal Shakespeare Company and has a number of solo cello credits for film and TV.

We will include the OneOak Trio music as the soundtrack to the film being produced by our volunteer team from the University of Oxford’s Film Unit.  The film will be released in April and available for download on our website.

The OneOak Trio music now plays for viewers of our homepage.

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Bladon Primary OneOak watercolour workshop

posted on March 17, 2010

Watercolour artist Rebecca Hind held a workshop with Years 3 and 4 at Bladon Primary School.  She showed the children the OneOak paintings that she has been working on over the last six months, and inspired them to produce their own under expert tuition.

Sam I know how to use watercolour paint now – I liked it.

Jacob, Louis and Jake M We learned to do watercolour paintings of trees in the moonlight. We used brown and blue paint and a big paintbrush called a mop.

Megan I thought it was very fun. I learned a lot about the moon. My whole class painted a tree of their own. I’d like to do my own because I have an idea – I can paint a fox in the moonlight.

Lily Now I know how to concentrate when painting and how to use watercolours. It was really fun because we all learnt about painting. I learnt how to do moons and when the moon is shining on something it has a shadow. My favourite moon was the wolf moon.

Euan I thought Rebecca was very good at painting with watercolours. I really liked her sketchbook of the moon and oak tree pictures. It was very fun, I think the whole class liked it as well. It got hard in some bits; it was hard not to scrub with the mop brush. I’d like her to come again soon. My favourite moon was the wolf moon.

Mia When Rebecca came she showed the year 3 and 4 how to do watercolour pictures. One of the brushes was called a mop.

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OneOak watercolours by Rebecca Hind

posted on March 10, 2010
Rebecca Hind working on OneOak art

Rebecca Hind working on her latest OneOak watercolour

Artist Rebecca Hind was first featured in October 2009 when we watched her working on watercolour sketches of the OneOak tree in the woodland – read here.

We visited her studio recently to see what progress she had made and were amazed that she has produced no less than five separate paintings.  Her beautiful watercolours feature the OneOak tree in various conditions and perfectly capture the seasonal changes in the woodland.

We are excited to be working with Rebecca to showcase her work in the OneOak project during various shows and exhibitions later this year.

Having gathered visual information about the OneOak in my sketches whilst it was still standing, I have now had time to start working those images into finished paintings. They represent the tree under various conditions of weather, light and season and show its various appearances in the changing forest. Next, I shall visit and paint the clearing as it grows from winter to spring and then summer, feeding on the increased light that floods the space in the absence of the OneOak’s canopy.”  Rebecca Hind, March 2010

Find out more about Rebecca’s work: www.rebeccahind.com

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Forester and son interview

posted on March 3, 2010
Cathy Fitzgerald interviews children at the OneOak project launch

Cathy Fitzgerald and children

Writer and radio producer Cathy Fitzgerald recorded an interview between Blenheim forester Nick Baimbridge and his son Ben, immediately before the tree felling.

Cathy makes audio tours for museums and galleries and is currently working on a radio documentary for the BBC about magic carpets.

She says that she is interested in OneOak because “I believe in valuing the resources around us – and it was a good chance to mess around in the mud!”

With our thanks to Cathy Fitzgerald.

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OneOak felling timelapse film

posted on March 1, 2010

Our fantastic voluntary film crew have produced a new film of the OneOak felling.  Eight hours is condensed into just four minutes, capturing the peace of the woodland at dawn and then the arrival of 250 children and several hundred guests to watch the felling.  Watch as the tree surgeon scales the tree to prepare it for felling, then the tree felling itself . Afterwards the forest scientists descend on the felled tree to start their work weighing every branch and twig, and many of the future wood users gather to look at the OneOak’s timber for the first time and discuss its qualities.

With our thanks to Charlie Beesley, Chris Baines, Bryn Walls, Sarah Simblet and Conrad Weiskrantz.

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OneOak captured by artist Sarah Simblet

posted on February 5, 2010

Sarah Simblet's OneOak drawing as work in progress

OneOak by Sarah Simblet - photograph of drawing in progress

Oxford-based artist Sarah Simblet has been working with us to capture the beauty of the OneOak tree.  We are privileged to have had a sneak preview of her unfinished drawing of the OneOak tree.  It perfectly depicts the grandeur of the OneOak tree and the tangled mass of its branches.

Artist Sarah Simblet at work in her studio

Artist Sarah Simblet at work in her studio

Sarah Simblet

Author of the highly acclaimed Anatomy for the Artist and The Drawing Book, Sarah is an artist, writer, and freelance lecturer in drawing.  She teaches at the National Gallery in London and at the University of Oxford, where she is a member of Wolfson College and has her studio.  Sarah has drawings in national and private collections, makes solo shows, and takes part in contemporary art exhibitions.

Sarah is also a broadcaster and conference speaker in art and science, contributing to programmes on BBC television and radio.  In 2005 she presented Life Class on BBC.  Sarah has a lifelong passion for plants, gardening, and natural history.

This week her latest publication was released: Botany for the Artist.  It is a stunning book.  She collaborated with Sam Scott-Hunter and Silke Spingies to produce the book, both of whom are also involved in the OneOak project.

Botany for the Artist

Botany for the Artist - an inspirational guide to drawing plants

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Top photographer captures OneOak tree in snow

posted on January 9, 2010
Sam Scott-Hunter

Sam Scott-Hunter

Top London-based photographer Sam Scott-Hunter spent a freezing afternoon today capturing the beauty of the OneOak tree after the recent heavy snowfall.

Sam will be creating an album of images that we will share online soon.  We will also be working with him to capture the beauty of the wooden products that are made from the OneOak tree in the future.

Sam has created a stunning timelapse series showing the sun setting behind the OneOak tree.

Click on the image below to view.

Timelapse photography of the OakOak in snow

Timelapse photography of the OakOak in snow

http://samscotthunter.co.uk/downloads/samscotthunter_oneoak.mov

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Oak Moon

posted on January 4, 2010
Oak Moon by Rebecca Hind

Oak Moon by Rebecca Hind

Artist Rebecca Hind has been visiting the OneOak tree regularly (see previous post).  She has braved freezing temperatures and long nights to watch the tree as it changes through the seasons and through the time of the day.

Rebecca’s most recent sketch show here was inspired by a full moon.

“Our most recent full moon. Not only did it fall on New Year’s Eve, it earned the title Blue Moon, being the second brimming of the month. Folklore grants each month’s full moon at least one name, often chosen according to local preoccupation. And for December the one which fits our tree is Oak Moon. That confluence was graced with crisp clarity and spangled with stellar brightness. A gift to a painter of night skies and the OneOak. Here is a first impression of that night last week, when the frost cracked underfoot and fell in sprinkles from the branches. ”

Rebecca Hind, January 4th 2010

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OneOak artist Rebecca Hind

posted on October 16, 2009

We are delighted that a very talented artist will be working on the OneOak project.

Rebecca Hind captures the OneOak in autumn colours with watercolours, October 2009

Rebecca Hind captures the OneOak in autumn colours with watercolours, October 2009

Rebecca Hind is an Oxfordshire-based artist who works predominently with paint. She has exhibited widely both in Britian and abroad.

Oak trees have long held a significant place in our culture, one that goes way beyond ornament or function. Once deemed sacred and always valued for their strength and durability they were also thought to attract lightning. On first encountering the OneOak I was struck by its grandeur, standing there bathed in the light that has led it from seed to maturity. As a landscape painter I follow light and relish the chance to engage with the elements as they reveal different aspects of the natural world. Shifting seasons, hours and weather offer a wealth of fascination for me, and so the chance to take part in the One Oak project is a privilege and a delight. My intention is to celebrate thetree as it holds its current form and place in the world, sheds its final foliage, then becomes transformed by human hand. I hope that the paintings I make will be as seeds continuing this tree’s life.” Rebecca Hind, October 2009.

Visit Rebecca Hind’s website.

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