Bees will be flying off to new homes…..

By the end of day 2 of the FIFTY BEES exhibition, all of these creatures below had found new homes which they will be flying off to at the end of the exhibition.

Now, obviously, not everyone who wants to give a bee a home can get to the gallery.

Therefore, over the next few days I will start listing an occasional bee on my website.

BUT

And it’s a big BUTYou’ll need to purchase via the gallery.

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Cat’s piece – the nomad bee

Second bee companion for sharing, this is by Cat Frampton and has to be seen to believed – the cirl buntings are so, so small but perfectly realised, and the Braille, well, it’s a challenge – can you rise to the challenge? 


It is companioned with Nomada sexfasciata.

This is what Cat says about her piece: 

‘The birds and the bees

My bee is a rare bee. A rare bee with a solitary, thieving life. It depends on another bee to steal from, that bee is also rare. These bees share a crook of land with a bird, a rare bird.

In 1989 the Cirl Bunting lived (in Britain) only at Prawle Point, Devon, 118 pairs, clinging on.

Then conservationists and local farmers stepped in and saved the birds (over 1000 nests now, all along the coast). Did saving the birds save the bees?

Farmers, rare birds and bees combine, for the good of them all.

Can you tell what the Braille says?’ 

Polly’s honey bee piece

As promised, I’m going to start sharing the work of the other artists in the FIFTY BEES exhibition. And I thought I should start with Polly Hughes as she has been working on the honey bee, the most well know of the bees. 


What I absolutely adore about this piece is Polly’s use of patchwork, a very traditional, often overlooked women’s craft, to make us look with fresh eyes on the dance of bee.


She writes: ‘This bee is not only a honey producer but also one of the most important insect pollinators of both crop plants and wild flowers. Today, as never before, the honey-bee faces the danger of careless spraying of insecticides and weedkillers on plants in bloom, as well as disease and adverse weather conditions. 

Bees communicate the finding of food by dancing on the vertical comb. The Waggle Dance is used when the food is more than 100 metres away from the hive. The dancing bee runs in one direction, waggling her body very quickly from side to side. She then turns round and runs in a semi-circle back to the starting point, repeating the performance again and again. The angle of the waggle tells both the sun-compass direction to fly, and how far. 

The silhouette footprints are a recreation of dance step guides. The beaded Waggle Dance is embroidered onto hexagonal patchwork cells.’

And this is my companion piece.

Bees up

I’ve been buzzing around at high speed, making work, organising and curating for months. 

Last nights private view #beesup was A M A Z I N G – around 250 people came. I am absolutely over the moon, blown away and flabbergasted.

Thanks to all at ACEarts and the team of beekeepers @mDonna Vale, Joy Merron and Polly Hughes for all of your hard work and to all of the artists and visitors. 

Today, I find myself exhausted so I’m going to have a little lie down and start sharing the works with you tomorrow. Xxx

Yesterday was good…

….there was a little bit of this:

And a little bit of that:


And also some deciding whether the hanging system makes a nice art piece. 


And a bit of curating,


And a bit of hanging work.


But there’s still loads to do….​​

Curation Day

Today is curation Day at ACEarts in Somerton .I’m exhausted/excited, you know that kind of feeling you get when you’ve built up to something, worked so hard on something and fixated with it….?

Well, I’m in that today and I’m sure that’s why I had an accident in the car yesterday and why, obviously, I struggled to sleep…

However, I KNOW it’s going to be a great day because I get to work with the fabulous bee keepers, Polly, Joy and Donna who have been so wonderful, so supportive throughout the whole process. 

And I finally get to see and to hang a multitude of excellent artworks from some great people who, also, have been so enthusiastic about the FIFTY BEES project. 

Thanks everyone – I’ve got a feeling there may be #tearsbeforebedtime but for now, here’s a snippet of a piece called ‘Giddy Dance’ from Maria over in Wales – thanks Maria xxx

Post-spreadsheet creative block

Charlie helping me work, not!

After weeks of planning, writing, researching, emailing, nagging artists about FIFTY BEES, today I had my first studio day – “hurrah” I hear you say! Time to get making. 

Studio window, upstairs – dingly dangly things in the window

So, dog walk in beautiful light followed by breakfast with the old man before he went off to work.



And to the studio batman…

 ….to choose an appropriately coloured pencil for drawing bees (yes, yellow and black).

Then, as I started felting for the first time in over a month, I realise that I’m not ‘feeling’ it, there’s a block there. 

This is partially because I’ve no idea how I’m going to make the wings of each and every bee, and that I’m getting twisted up in the tergites, the tibias and the thorax. 

Added to the fact that I’ve started on a bee that’s just 1cm long. 

And it’s with those thoughts that I realise that I really don’t know or understand the anatomy of the individual bees, I’m not confident with the subject matter that I’m supposed to be replicating. 

So, it’s back to the drawing board, literally. I’m going to draw and experiment with wings and prey that the creative urge jumps out and grabs me.