A year ago, how time flies

It was a year ago yesterday that myself, Polly, Joy and Donna had a meeting at ACEarts to discuss the FIFTY BEES exhibition. We sat on the sofas, measured walls, talked and talked and decided that these three wonderful women would be called the beekeepers.

Why?

Well, with fifty artists to coordinate, it made sense to share out some of the work. Now, I look back at this picture with amazement.

We had no idea how it was going to work, whether the story of the bees would translate into an exhibition, whether anyone would be interested.

But, wow! It was wonderful. The fifty artists made such a wide variety of art, amazing responses to these incredible creatures.

But it wouldn’t have worked without the enthusiasm and keenness of them all as well as Nina and the team at the gallery.

Now, we’re gearing up for the next leg of the journey at Richard Jefferies Museum – can’t wait. Thanks everyone.

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#vintagecontainer #bees #fiftybees #artists #somersetartist #opencall #interconnectedness

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Do you have the time Lydia?

Who would have thought that my childhood book might actually become truth.

The Lydia of this story can be heard saying “I haven’t got the time,” basically all of the time. And it’s so me…

But I promised myself and my family that this will change this year – I want to spend more time with them, and my friends, and learning, and walking. Who’s with me?

So, rather than a New Years resolution, I’ve just made a plan, following the lead of others.

And the plan is walk about 2 miles a day, draw daily, NOT work past 6pm, learn, read every day. Day 2 is going well, what about you?

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#newyear #walking #learning #artist #somerset #dogwalking

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Bee sale

“Fly away for Christmas!”

That’s what I said to the Bee , cause I’d really like them to be rehomed soon.

And they thought that was a nice idea – they’d love to fly off.

So, I’m going to have a little Bee sale – starting tonight.

All bees on my Etsy page will have an enormous 30% off this evening so keep your eyes peeled.

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#JACIndieFriday

So here it is, #indiefriday, everybody’s having fun!

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d Indie Friday is about supporting small businesses, independent makers and our fabulous, hardworking creatives.

Devised by the wonderful sarah Hamilton and run by the volunteer team at Just a Card, it’s a campaign to promote the idea that buying #justacard from small business can be make or break in these tough times.

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’s also a way to encourage us, as consumers away from the big, faceless corporations who for so long have wielded so much power over advertising and consumerism because consumerism isn’t what Christmas is about, is it?

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ristmas should not be about standing in massive queues and spending our hard earned money on yet more landfill of the future.

So, if you’re out there this black Friday make it instead a rainbow Friday – slow down, drink tea in an independent cafe, visit small shops, divert just a bit of your cash their way – it’ll make them so happy! And happiness has a way of growing – it’ll come back your way, too.

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d remember, it’s #justacard #justapairofearings #justamug #justakit #justadecoration that’ll keep this small business (me) going!

‘If I’m Not Back I’m There’

Poor photographers, wonderful exhibition.I’m not usually short for words but I am for this one.

’If I’m Not Back I’m There’ by Edwina Bridgman at ACEarts just had me spellbound, transfixed, enlightened and happy. 

So much to see on one central display, get down and look at it as a child would see it.

Papier-mâché, found materials, card, clay. 

2 and 3-dimensional work exploring found objects and unexpected materials to create a body of work around people and their animals.

I so admire Edwina’s deft handling of her materials – quite jealous of her confidence.

Go, see, enjoy.

reason 1 to buy blackdogandgingercat needlefelt kits

So, to celebrate the upcoming blackdogandgingercat birthday, here’s the REASON TO BUY blackdogandgingercat Kits countdown….NUMBER 1

1.jpgOur appreciation, love and support of important charities such as SANE, as seen here in our #blackdog kit.

IMG_5378.jpgAnd in turn, the sales of all of the other kits help to support my other work alongside charities such as ACEarts, MIND, and Somerset Wildlife Trust, as seen in the ongoing FIFTY BEES project.

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So, thank you everyone who’s ever bought one of my kits – you are wonderful.

Morning coffee

Morning you lovely people.On 20th October, blackdogandgingercat (my Little needlefelt business) celebrates its 4th birthday 🎉🎊 🎁. Hurrah! 

To mark the occasion, I am going to be relaunching my kits and I am hoping they will be ‘THE MOST ETHICAL NEEDLEFELT KITS’ available to you. 

So, today I will begin the TEN REASONS TO BUY blackdogandgingercat countdown.

Watch this space – but in the meantime, coffee????

(Listen to me advising Joy in the use of the splice app last year at Sence of Place, Brean Down 😂🤣🤣😂😂)