I’m sat in the garden with my old man, drinking cava on a much needed ‘day off’ but enjoying the time and space needed to really take in what our fifty artists have written about their work for this year’s exhibition.
It’s joyous, humbling, funny, inspiring, exhilarating, and just all round wonderful.
Until we reach this point, with works finished and explanations written, it’s difficult to know what sort of exhibition we are offering you.
But, surprise surprise, it’s going to be an experience – I feel so moved (no, it’s not the Cava talking).
I keep stopping to share bits with Shaun but as I read them out loud, I get a bit wobbly and tearful. It’s so moving.
Thank you to all of the incredible artists who have chosen to take part, invested a huge amount of time, effort and creativity and a little bit of their souls in order to bring you an amazing experience.
Show some love, people, you must come!
Anyone who’s even been to one of my classes knows that, sometimes, often, I bang on about how mistakes are the only way we learn.
Well, I’ve just proved my own point and I’ll explain why.
Last week, at one of my favourite charity shops, I found some really beautiful vintage crewel wool. (I don’t know what that is, please explain someone?)
I thought it would be perfect for the bees and for the landscape pictures I’m teaching at The Brewhouse Theatre soon.
Today, working on Bee53, I thought I’d use some for the wings. Now, my logical brain knew it wouldn’t work, not THROUGH firmly felted wool – too tough, too dense.
Surprise, surprise, the yarn snapped- d’oh and duuuuh!!!
But look at the result…I love the way the wings are floating in the air.
Will I keep them like this?
Are they finished?
Can I recreate it?
Who knows, but it’ll be fun finding out.
So, children, adults, makers, artists etc – let’s make mistakes. Do share!
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.
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.
#vintagecontainer #bees #fiftybees #artists #somersetartist #opencall #interconnectedness
So, to celebrate the upcoming blackdogandgingercat birthday, here’s the REASON TO BUY blackdogandgingercat Kits countdown….NUMBER 1
Our appreciation, love and support of important charities such as SANE, as seen here in our #blackdog kit.
And 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.
So, thank you everyone who’s ever bought one of my kits – you are wonderful.
Yesterday was a day in three amazing parts.
The first part involved doing needlefelt landscape experiments with residents at Wessex House Care home – just love these pieces.
Great British tones in great British Wool.
I’d like to include this as Seam Collective #SeptTextileLove prompt for today which is ‘happy accidents’ because I’m a very keen exponent of the idea of experimentation, play, accidental discovery and making mistakes – this is how we learn.
What’s the expression….”A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new” —- so true.
So let’s play, I say!!!
Then I met up with Donna Vale and we trundled off to Frome’s Black Swan Art to see the exhibitions there but first lunch and surprise meet up with David Smith – much talking and laughing.
Then onto the ‘Hinterland’ exhibition by Gladys Paulus.
It’s pretty hard to get across what an amazing exhibition this is. On a purely craft level, Gladys’ work is second to none – the pieces are truly beautifully made; as a felter, I am always amazed.
But this exhibition is so much more. It is so, so moving – the pieces have a real presence and I know I will HAVE to go back for another look, or two. The pictures don’t do it justice but I’ll share a few more.
If you have a chance – get there.
And the final part of my day was at @tmac_taunton with an Arts and Health Speed Networking event!!! Whooohooo!
There I met a whole host of people and ‘networked’, oh yes I did. We talked and learnt about a whole range of arts and health providers and the links that are being made between them.
I also talked FIFTY BEES to a few people too!
One of 9 cards that I sell on my websites and at markets.
They can be bought singly, in packs of three or with a kit – gosh, such choice.
I have a British Wildlife set which includes this sleeping hare, boxing hares and a hedgehog.
Then a there’s the dog set and the reindeer set.
I’m showing them off today to link in with the ‘just a card’ campaign.