The Moo Project

Hello!

Have you ever came across an art project that made you laugh out loud? We have seen many different projects in our lives. Some were simply terrible, some were scary or medicore while others were stunningly good. But few months ago Rita found something truly unique – an art project that attracted passerbys and made them roar with laughter in the middle of a busy street.  The project was prepared by Hereford College of Arts and local elementary and middle schools. Art students guided by professional artists and teachers, created 60 different versions of the town’s symbol – a Herefordian cattle.

The artworks are wonderful. Kids have shown true dedication and great skill and there is nothing to laugh about. The laughter was a reaction to how well the kids presented the life and reality of small rural market town that has its glory days behind it. Rita decided to photograph each cow and named the series of pictures “The Moo Project”. And since she is a Scorpio, she couldn’t help herself but to give each cow a name and add a  more or less satyrical comment.

Please excuse the malicious attitude and enjoy taking the bull (or the cows) by the horns!

Moo number 1 aka The Cider Cow – a very popular alcoholic fruit drink made in Herefordshire. Even the cows like it!

The Cider Moo

Moo number 2 aka The Folk Cow – colorful and unique. You can’t miss a cow wearing pattern like this!

The Folk Moo

Moo number 3 aka Three Colour Moo with a bottle in the middle – long name, but you can call her Tcmwabitm for short. Sounds a little bit Welsh.

Three colour moo with a bottle in the middle

Moo number 4 aka The Harvest Cow – a very blunt reminder to all local farmers: reap what you sow.

The Harvest Moo

Moo number 5 aka The Larger-Than-Life Cow – Everything you see on her is big. Big tree, big apple, big flowers and even the Sun. The cow is large too.

The Larger-Than-Life Moo

Moo number 6 aka The Banksy Cow – isn’t it obvious?

The Banksy Moo

Moo number 7  aka The Apple Cow  – she is all about the apples and iPads and iPhones and iTunes and iCows.

The Apple Moo

Moo number 8 aka The Farm Cow – You know where you are? No, it’s not a jungle. It’s a funny farm…

The Farm Moo

Moo number 9 aka The Rainbow Cow – Herefordian version of My Little Rainbow Pony.

The Rainbow Moo

Moo number 10 aka The Twilight Cow – trees instead of vampires. Rita’s favourite, good job Leah, Stef and Thea!

The Twilight Moo

Moo number 11 aka  The History Cow – except for farms and tractors, Hereford has a lot of history too (and it’s not good for you!)

The History Moo

Moo number 12 aka The Bridge Cow – a cow over (or near) the troubled water.

The Bridge Moo

Moo number 13 aka The Tourist Cow – always near the cathedral.

The Tourist Moo

Moo number 14 aka The Bull – It’s not a Moo, it’s a Bull. Hereford Bull.

The Hereford Bull

Moo number 15 aka The United Cow – united we stand, divided we fall (to the lower league).

The United Moo

Moo number 16 aka The Local Dialect Cow – several useful words that local folks understand!

The Local Dialect Moo

Moo number 17 aka The Local Patriotism Cow – we are proud of what we do (not) have.

The Local Patriotism Moo

Moo number 18 aka The Local Landscape Cow –  fields, farms, tractors, complete lack of public transport (your last bus left when you were still at work…)

The Local Lansdscape Moo

Moo number 19 aka The Local Beauty Cow – promotional pictures you have seen on the Internet and the reality do not match.

The Local Spirit Moo

The Local Beauty Moo

Moo number 20 aka The Local Entertainment Cow –  tractor races and sheep hearding. Fun!

The Local Entertainment Moo

That’s all in part one.
If you still haven’t had enough, please click here  to see  Part II:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2012/09/04/the-moo-project-part-two/

Or even the Part III:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2012/09/05/the-moo-project-part-three/

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Rita ( and Mal)

The cat collector or Kat-a-log part 1

Hello you all!

Apologies for a very log silence but we were extremly busy! You wouldn’t believe how many exciting things have happened since last month. We have neglected our blog a bit so the next few weeks will be very busy. Please keep your eyes open and watch this space. We plan to shower you with attention from now on 😀

Today’s entry is a very personal for us both. You see, it’s a family business behind everything we do: our photography, art and design.
Not many people know that our mom Olympia is also an artist. She has designed each cat that Rita made or painted, she also advices Mal on photography and comes up with ideas for composition and photoshoot arrangements.  Olympia is also a collector – she collects rare cats figurines from different parts of the world. The collection started in 2002 and after a decade, consists of more than
100 unique felines from at least 15 different countries. Olympia and Mal joined the forces to present you with a  truly purrfect project named “Kat-a-log”. In short: Olympias’s treasured figurines were taken outside and photographed just like real cats could have been.
Every picture was taken by Mal and designed by Olympia Dabrowicz.

And here are the results:

Kat-a-log Feline no.1
Bread box cat /Sundial Cat – country of origin: Senegal (handicraft), bought from a street vendor in Malta, June 2012.

Bread box cat

Sundial Cat

Kat-a-log Feline no.2
Casting a shadow/Going green Cat –
country of origin UK, bought in Bolton in a charity shop for 5£ in may 2010. Dated back to late 70s/early 80s.

Casting a shadow cat

Going green cat

Kat-a-log Feline no.3
Cat of Alexandria/ Shadow of a cat – bought in Egypt, outside of old Alexandria Library site from a street vendor, August 2012.

Shadow of a cat

Cat of Alexandria

Kat-a-log Feline no.4
Cat in a pod – handmade in Malta, bought during a village fest in July 2012

Cat in a pot

Kat-a-log Feline no.5
Hunting in a garden –
Country of origin: Sweden, present from a business trip from a friend, sometime in 2009

Hunting in the garden

Kat-a-log Feline no.6
Cat On a hot stone roof  – country of origin: Spain. Handmade from metal scraps in a arts and crafts village in Sevilla.  July 2012

Cat on a hot stone roof

This is an ongoing project, next set of pictures will be  photographed soon.
Every cat has a soul, even a figurine! I hope that nobody will ever question that obvious truth again!

Meoww,

Rita, Mal and Olympia Dabrowicz