Very belated HUGE thank you to Andrea Jenkins for organising the fabulous Perguadeo at Shaftesbury Art Centre. It was a real honour and pleasure to be invited to bring just a few of the FIFTY BEES collection. They are all packed away in the home studio now but you can still see a few at Andelli Art or ACEARTS in Somerton.
On the last day of Perguadeo I had the HUGE honour of finally meeting the wonderfully supportive Brigit Strawbridge – about time too – I’m a huge fan, Brigit, of your enthusiast advocacy of the natural world and our pollinators.
And the reason I’ve chosen this picture to speak about my #fanmoment is because Brigit stated that the Green-eyed Flower Bee is one of her favourites – mine too but I’ve never (knowingly) seen one in the flesh. And next to this bee, we see a rather fabulous new-to-me container gifted to me by Terri Hogan who also arrived during Brigit’s visit to @shaftesburyarts.
So, look at this beautiful little vintage, mirrored, velvet matchbox. Big, BIG thanks to Terri for donating this thing of beauty to the FIFTY BEES project. It was her grandmother’s.
It’s so soft and loved and carries a sense of history in the marks on the fabric. I can’t wait to build a little bee creature into it for the next exhibition, #fiftybees19 at Taunton Brewhouse – let’s just Christmas out of the way first.
So, once more, thanks to Terri, Brigit and to my fellow exhibitors:
and Yvette Canon