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.
Thank you everyone for your lovely responses yesterday to my post about change and ‘giving up the day job’ – they were very moving and uplifting, so many of us appear to be at a crossroads in our lives.
One of the other reasons I had to go back to full time self employment is that I also run a small business selling needle felt kits which, in theory, supports my art making adventures. But it hasn’t of late. There’s been too much plate spinning going on for me to put any time and energy into blackdogandgingercat. So, in another bid to bring about change for the good, I’m refocusing on the business today with a Somerset Etsy Team photo walk round Wells.
But the first thing I have to focus on this morning is which one of my Etsy products to take with me.
Should it be the Border Terrier Kit with a sample?
Or the Reindeer Kit with a sample?
So, what do you think?
Popped into ACEarts today after the day job – sat on the very comfy chairs and nearly fell asleep. Lovely to see so many people slowly moving round to gallery, quietly taking in the work. Sometimes there’s a lot of chatter and other times people are taking in the work in a more solitary way.
Great also the the Wool Carder Bee has a new home to go to at the end of the month – I’d love to share with you who has decide to home this one because i think it will make you smile but need to check with them first. .
Exhibition from 1st to 22nd July, open Tuesday to Saturday – 10-5pm
Tomorrow evening, I’m doing an artists talk at ACEarts all about the FIFTY BEES project but haven’t yet made any plans of what to say. The only think I have planned is to have two or three other artists there to talk about their companion pieces. Thank goodness!!
What do you think: should I wing it or plan it – if I plan it, will I stick to it?
This will be my proper first artist talk to coincide with my first ever exhibition so it’s all a bit unknown. But I’d love your options – if you were to come, what do you think I should focus on – what would you want to hear about?
As an aside, did you know that all proceeds go to charity: Somerset Wildlife Trust and ACEarts?
Let me know your thoughts, dear people.
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.”
On Friday night, at the private view, I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Louisa Crispin, an artist of extraordinary talents and a bee enthusiast.
She has a piece hanging in the exhibition – this is not it, though.
This is a tiny, beautiful drawing that she gave to me on the night and is one of the preparatory drawings about the Short-haired Bumblebee, her bee.
I was absolutely blown away – so chuffed, so honoured. Thank you so much, Louisa – can’t wait to put this on my wall – I know precisely where it’s going.The gallery is open today so if you’d like to see the piece Louisa did for the FIFTY BEES exhibition, call in between 10-5.
Polly Hughes is on duty too so she’ll be there to talk about her work and many of the other wonderful pieces on display.