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!
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
Poor photographers, wonderful exhibition.I’m not usually short for words but I am for this one.
’If I’m Not Back I’m There’ by Edwina Bridgman at ACEarts just had me spellbound, transfixed, enlightened and happy.
So much to see on one central display, get down and look at it as a child would see it.
Papier-mâché, found materials, card, clay.
2 and 3-dimensional work exploring found objects and unexpected materials to create a body of work around people and their animals.
I so admire Edwina’s deft handling of her materials – quite jealous of her confidence.
Go, see, enjoy.
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.”