This is the Bilberry Bumblebee, paired with its companion piece by Helen Hickman of Nellie and Eve.
This is what Helen says about her work.
“My creation is inspired by the landscape that Bombus Monticola (Bilberry Bumble Bee) and I live in.
Surrounded by species rich heath and peat bogs in the Welsh hills, Bilberry feeds on plants such as gorse, blackberry and of course, bilberries, which line banks.
As a spinner, weaver and dyer my material of choice is local wool, a much undervalued, sustainable fibre.
By carefully foraging for plants that produce rich, natural dyes for my hand spun yarns, crochet hexagons become ‘honeycomb’ inside a used ‘brood’ frame representing how it is possible to mindfully interact and interconnect with our natural environment.”
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.
Lovely day at Brean today, the sun was stonkingly shiny and the wind was enthusiastic, on several occasions it chose to pick up my wool and dump it in the corner of the studio.
My very healthy breakfast consisted of coffee and a custard – trying to cover as many food groups as possible.
Before breakfast however, I popped along the the spotlight lookout to check on ‘erosion’ and, goodness me, you should see what’s happened to all of the lovely felty pieces.
There were two pieces which had become entwined through the power of the wind and all of the front pieces have picked up a strange rusty substance – on the surface. It looks like unusual weathering, but it could be usual, for Brean.
Then I did a bit more stabbing (I’m working on a woolly rhino at the moment) and then it seemed to be time for luncheon – it’s a non-stop food fest’.
And then, to add to the pleasure of the day, I met (for the first time in the flesh) Cathy from the twittersphere and facebook – thanks so much for visiting Cathy, it was lovely to meet you properly.
So, are you impressed with the work that I did yesterday????