The Bilberry Bumblebee 

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.” 

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?’ 

Work in progress

So, working against the clock it seems, still about 15 pieces to make for ‘evolution’ with deadline this weekend…Hahahaha (nervous laughter)

And of course, I’m working on something completely different….well, not completely, it’s still part of the ‘Leave Only Footprints’ theme, this ones called ‘composition’ and goes something like this:

It’s an evolving thing and I might be some time….

Blow the wind blow

What a difference a day makes- gone was the late summer sun, in its place a very strong autumnal  westerly wind followed by scrawly rain. But you can’t get a bad at Brean.

So this is what we did:

We checked that the elements of  ‘erosion’ were still attached,

We helped Joy install ‘Still Going Strong’ graffiti shirts,

We set up the log burner for fresh coffee and drop pancakes for breakfast,

We added to ‘evolution’,

We ate Shaun’s mushroom soup and Brean blackberry and apple crumble,

We made a little film of the changing weather,

We admired the wool in the 1st world war uniforms,

We met a kitten, a tortoise, lots of dogs and a camera club,

We lit candles, stoked the fire, hid from the diagonal rain, welcomed 400 people and generally

Had a laugh!

Looking forward to more of the same next Thursday. Until then, dear friends, it’s back to the home studio for some serious stabbing.

Cat – another lovely donation

I was really pleased to receive these lovely threads and so enjoyed working with them – so satisfying.

I wonder how this one did last night – the wind was immense and the rain came down.

Coffee, cake, curls and Cathy

glorious day, tiny speck of the kestrel in the centre of the picture 

The moon still out in the blue sky
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.

Custard from Kitchen
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.

Kate’s piece, right at the front, has got a lovely smattering of new colour – rust? mud? Who knows?

entwined together

angels with dirty faces

mucky paws

I think this one’s fascinating – look at the surface collection of rusty dust

more entwined pieces
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’.


The chef in action

The chef cooking and greeting visitors and explaining the artwork – multi-tasking 

My first top hat – it was BLOODY lovely
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????