Here’s Fluff

She snuck off to find a cosy place to close her eyes and this is where we find her. 

This is Fluff and she’s sleeping soundly inside a vintage metal container and doesn’t she look peaceful; I wish I could sleep so easily and so soundly, don​’t you?

This piece is 7cm circumference and 6cm to the top of the handle. It is made using wool, a vintage container and thread.
https://tictail.com/s/lidfuzz/fluff-sleeping

Excited artist

Hello!

Excited artist back in the studio for the first time in weeks. 

And not only am excited about being creative again but also by new toy – Bluetooth headphones!!! This means I can move around easier with loud tunes on – not that I move around a huge amount when I’m making making but when I do move and the wire getting pulled out, cor you should hear me swear. So, these are an investment to curtail my habit of swearing – that’s my argument anyhooooo. Today’s favourite tunes are by Ghostpoet – brilliant.

Anyway, today I’m working on pieces for Salisbury Contemporary Craft which is on 8-9th September. 

Hope to share one tomorrow xx

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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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.

The book of the bees

I’ve finally got a little book of the fifty bees in my grubby little paws and I’m so pleased.


It’s an A5 book published to coincided with the exhibition FIFTY BEES: The Interconnectedness of All Things. 
Fifty full colour pages of each of the fifty art pieces created for the exhibition by me, Lydia Needle. 

I’ve only got 25 copies printed so far but more should follow if they prove popular.

What do you think?



http://www.blackdogandgingercat.co.uk/product/fifty-bees-the-booklet-of-the-bees 

Favourite to make

It’s #marchmeetthemaker on Instagram favourite to make.

Today is Day 2 – Favourite to Make.

Well, what a terribly difficult question because firstly, it changes and secondly, I work with two different methods. 

So I’m sharing favourite Needlefelt and favourite Wet Felts.

White rabbit in vintage leather box

For the Needlefelt it’s definitely the vintage container pieces. I love to search for old boxes, tins and bags and build creatures inside them. It’s most satisfying. And I love to watch people’s responses when they open the box and lift the lids. Sometimes it’s laughter, sometimes surprise, sometimes tears, sometimes it’s even shock and distaste – and that can be from just one object. So long as they can evoke some kind of emotional reaction, I know they’re working.

Baby dormouse

Then, for the Wet Felting, my favourites to make are the ‘studies’ or sketches in wool. These are made quickly, in situ and in response to fleeting moments, changes in weather and light. The ones I’m sharing here were made over a period of four days, along with a few more, at Cape Cornwall during a storm. I’d never tried to work that way before and it was revelatory.

Studies from Cape Cornwall

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.