Thank you to everyone for the lovely ongoing support, likes and comments on this page and the other social media sights. For those of you that are new to the FIFTY BEES project, I thought I should introduce the team. This is us outside the Richard Jefferies Museum which is where the #secondleg of the journey takes place. This is the BEE team (or the #beekeepers as they are known to the #fiftybeesartists)
From left we have Polly Hughes who is fielding questions and queries from Bee artists 77 to 89. Second left is Joy Merron who’s working with artists 63 to 76. In the middle is Donna Vale who is dealing with 51 to 62 and then I’m the one on the far right working with artists 90 to 101!. Also in the picture is Suzie who we met for the first time yesterday. Suzie works at the Museum but is also one of our artists, number 61; thanks so much for all the help yesterday. And in the second picture you’ll also see Denis, what a beauty!
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
The last day of #SeptTextileLove – where did September go to? So, this is for hero.
And I’m sharing with you the work of Jenni Dutton, an artist who uses many different media but for the dementia darnings used textiles.
The exhibition, which took place at ACEarts earlier in 2017, just took my breath away. If you ever get a chance to see this work, do.
They are at the same time moving, complex, confusing, uplifting and sorrowful.
When looking at the pieces, one gets lost in ideas of technique and subject, by the subtlety of the colours, the looseness of the stitch, the person making the work and the person in the picture – and of course, ideas of family and our own mortality.
Incredible work and I can honestly say it’s one of the best exhibitions I’ve ever seen.
And Jenni? Well, she’s rather lovely too 😊😊😊 as if that’s any surprise!
Thanks Jenni for your inspirational work.
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!
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.”