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.
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.
I’ve been buzzing around at high speed, making work, organising and curating for months.
Last nights private view #beesup was A M A Z I N G – around 250 people came. I am absolutely over the moon, blown away and flabbergasted.
Thanks to all at ACEarts and the team of beekeepers @mDonna Vale, Joy Merron and Polly Hughes for all of your hard work and to all of the artists and visitors.
Today, I find myself exhausted so I’m going to have a little lie down and start sharing the works with you tomorrow. Xxx
Today is curation Day at ACEarts in Somerton .I’m exhausted/excited, you know that kind of feeling you get when you’ve built up to something, worked so hard on something and fixated with it….?
Well, I’m in that today and I’m sure that’s why I had an accident in the car yesterday and why, obviously, I struggled to sleep…
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?
I’ve got two incomplete bees sitting on my workbench that are really troubling me – they’re just not ‘evolving’ the way I wanted them to. Because of that, yesterday didn’t feel successful at all.
It’s just as well, then, that I finished one the day before that I really like.
Hope you have a great day – what are you up to? I’m off to see the last of the Frink….