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.


OPENING TODAY – Bees: the interconnectedness of all things at Bruton School for Girls 

The girls worked so beautifully hard and enthusiastically to produce a fabulous collaborative installation.

Three days, 80 plus students and a handful of staff produced a whole host of British bees which are now hanging in the gallery at the Bruton School for Girls.

‘Taught by Lydia Needle, Bruton School for Girls students will sculpt tiny, lifesize British bees in wool, representing just a few of the 260 varieties left in theUK. 

The bees become artworks as part of a whole school installation in the school’s gallery. To follow up this work, the students will research the habitats and ecosystems, the flora and fauna that rely on bees, to create companion artworks. Our objective is to raise awareness of the diversity of bees in Britain and to spread the story – using art as a medium – as far as possible.’ SAW guide 2017. 

The Bilberry Bumblebee 

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.” 


OPEN CALL to artists, craftspeople, poets, writers, performance and installation artists

Fifty BEES: The Interconnectedness of All Things

OPEN CALL to artists, craftspeople, poets, writers, performance and installation artists

Did you know that there are around 250 different bees in Britain which include 24 species of bumblebees, 225 solitary bees and just one honeybee?

Did you also know that many are in decline; how will we survive without them….we wouldn’t?

The focus of Fifty BEES: The Interconnectedness of All Things is to illustrate how diverse our bee population is, how endangered it is and how pivotal they all are to our ecosystem.

This open call is to artists, craftspeople, poets, writers, performance and installation artists in order to present a really diverse, collaborative range of work and responses.

The plan is for Lydia Needle, fibre artist, to produce 50 small, life-size bee pieces in wool and the other 50 artists, makers, writers etc. to produce one companion piece, each in response to the habitat, linked wildlife, ecology, flight, sound, predators of 1 specific British bee; they will use media of their choice…..but they won’t be making a bee 😊.

The exhibition will take place this July at ACEarts in Somerset from 1st – 22nd July 2017 although the deadline for the completion of work will be the end of April.

Please contact Lydia by email by 29TH of January to lydianeedle@gmail.com for further details.

Lydia Needle

For further information about ACEarts and the valuable work they do, please visit http://www.acearts.co.uk/

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Work in progress

So, working against the clock it seems, still about 15 pieces to make for ‘evolution’ with deadline this weekend…Hahahaha (nervous laughter)

And of course, I’m working on something completely different….well, not completely, it’s still part of the ‘Leave Only Footprints’ theme, this ones called ‘composition’ and goes something like this:

It’s an evolving thing and I might be some time….

Blow the wind blow

What a difference a day makes- gone was the late summer sun, in its place a very strong autumnal  westerly wind followed by scrawly rain. But you can’t get a bad at Brean.

So this is what we did:

We checked that the elements of  ‘erosion’ were still attached,

We helped Joy install ‘Still Going Strong’ graffiti shirts,

We set up the log burner for fresh coffee and drop pancakes for breakfast,

We added to ‘evolution’,

We ate Shaun’s mushroom soup and Brean blackberry and apple crumble,

We made a little film of the changing weather,

We admired the wool in the 1st world war uniforms,

We met a kitten, a tortoise, lots of dogs and a camera club,

We lit candles, stoked the fire, hid from the diagonal rain, welcomed 400 people and generally

Had a laugh!

Looking forward to more of the same next Thursday. Until then, dear friends, it’s back to the home studio for some serious stabbing.

Cat – another lovely donation

I was really pleased to receive these lovely threads and so enjoyed working with them – so satisfying.

I wonder how this one did last night – the wind was immense and the rain came down.