Papier-mâché, found materials, card, clay.
Go, see, enjoy.
Papier-mâché, found materials, card, clay.
Go, see, enjoy.
The last day of #SeptTextileLove – where did September go to? So, this is for hero.
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.
It’s been a long time since I’ve introduced myself to you all and seeing as we have a few more of you along for the ride, AND I’m going through a period of change, I thought it was about time.
So, this is me, Lydia Needle, last month at the private view of #fiftybees. This was a really pivotal event in my life, my first exhibition and a point which marked a massive change in my life, I felt like I was officially being ‘launched’ as an artist (like a big ship 🤣). If you have a look at the stickers I’m wearing, you’ll see the hashtag #beeartist and #queenbee, made by @foreverycloud – I loved wearing those!!!!
It was an event where all of a sudden I thought “Yes! People not only ‘get’ the concept of FIFTY BEES but they also appreciate my art”. It was heavenly.
And, in terms of change, it marked the point when I publicly announced that I planned to take the FIFTY BEES concept to other parts of the country which meant I could not conceivably continue with the day job.
So, yesterday was my last day working at MIND – no more financial safety net of part time work – I HAVE to make this work.
One of the last session we ran was all about CHANGE – how difficult it can be, how challenging, and as we were discussing it, I came to the realisation that I used to hate it, the instability of it all. But without it, we have no new beginning, no new doors to open.
So, what about you? How do you find change, have you been through any lately or are you planning some. Let me know.
And perhaps you might also sharing a picture of you using the hashtag #changeisgood
#artist #beeartist #introduction #fiftybees #fibreartist #exhibition
….the work is down, returned to the artists or posted off to their new homes so I thought I’d just do a little recap before I let you know what’s coming next.
In the beginning, there was the book by Steven Falk
Then came masses of planning and administration and emails and social media postings and drawing and talking to fifty + artists. Phew!
And then finally, finally, I started working on the first bee, the Violet Carpenter Bee.
And then slowly, juggling a business and a job and markets and teaching, bee numbers began to grow.
Sometimes it felt like I would never get them all made but it happened, they started to evolve out of the wool and the containers.
But in the background, working away in their chosen media with total dedication, fifty artists were creating their own personal responses to ‘their’ bees, becoming experts and advocates for fifty special little insects.
The first proof was emailed to me by Sam Cannon. I can’t begin to express what that felt like, finally seeing evidence that the other artists had ‘got’ the concept of the FIFTY BEES project.
Then before we knew it, it was time to set up the exhibition, my FIRST and we had a blank canvas of a gallery space. So, so exciting – I have no idea how I got to do this in my life – I’m a lucky, lucky woman. But also, I really had no idea how to hang an exhibition – the expert help, guidance and humour from the three ‘Beekeepers’ made it possible.
After the set up, to then host a private view with so many beautiful people turning up to see the amazing work by such talented artists, added to the joy.
Here’s a link to the Ecologist’s lovely article about the exhibition: http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/Blogs/2989106/uk_artists_showcase_the_plight_of_the_disappearing_british_bee.html
A copy of films of the artists talk given at the gallery by Lydia and four of the artists:
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. .
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!!
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?
This is the Bilberry Bumblebee, paired with its companion piece by Helen Hickman of Nellie and Eve.
“My creation is inspired by the landscape that Bombus Monticola (Bilberry Bumble Bee) and I live in.
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.”