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Thought it was time to share my finished piece for @fifty_bees 2018 exhibition coordinated by one of my three talented sisters @lydianeedle. This is the second exhibition (Bee 51-100) and is being shown in the @richardjefferiesmuseum. It runs from 2nd - 24th June (private view 1st June). My contribution is for Bee 67, Bombus Cryptarum, and is titled ’67 Peep show.

The format of the piece is a tunnel book, which was originally called a Peep show. They originate from the mid 18th – fitting because Bombus Cryptarum was first written about in 1775 by J C Fabricius.

Bombus Cryptarum is so named because of the difficulty identifying it as discrete species. Recent research papers cite stereomicroscopy for identification. The need for close examination led me to utilise microscope slides for the construction of this piece. Most date from the late1960s; A few newer slides are included as pollens from UK plants are present. Heather stamens and petals also feature.
The piece is sealed in Copper and wrapped in the original text from the 1775 publication: Systema Entomologiæ, and is also translated (by me via google)
The Cryptic Bumblebee (Bombus Cryptarum) is relatively widespread in the UK, throughout northern Europe, Russia and Alaska. Upland areas are the preferred habitat, with a proclivity for Heather, Blackthorn, Bilberry and Mountain Birch. These therefore form the peep show layers.

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This was me working out the construction of my @fifty_bees pieces last week... A little leaf cutter flying between some cosy nest holes and her favourite foraging spot 🐝

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Soooo looking forward to my first meeting with @lydianeedle and @ninagronwlewis tomorrow at @acearts_somerton! Oh and I’ll be dropping my framed @fifty_bees piece off too!!! 😃 🐝
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Here is a sneaky peek at the second half of my @fifty_bees companion piece peeling off the block when I first printed it...So many bee sized nooks and crannies! 🐝🐝🐝🌻💮🌸
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Here is the inked up lino block for part of my @fifty_bees companion piece...I have just realised I haven't shown it to you yet.

I'm hoping I have made the perfect foraging site for a Willoughby's Leaf Cutter bee - we will see! 🐝🐝🐝🐝🌿🌿🌿🌿🌸💮
Picking up the work from the framers this week, can't wait to see it.
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Dates for your diary! I’m so honoured to be part of this exhibition and literally can’t wait to see all the bees made by @lydianeedle and all the companion artwork made by 50 selected artists. The sneak peeks that have been shared by @fifty_bees show how diverse and varied all this art is going to be with one common subject tying it all together, how exciting! So please get those diaries out and pop these upcoming dates in because you are not going to want to miss this exhibition! 😃 🐝
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Finally! I am so happy to share with you all my contribution to #FiftyBees - a handcut design exploring how the solitary bee Anthrophora Bimaculata (aka the Green-Eyed Flower Bee) interacts with the sun and dances through the flowers...⠀
This is a companion piece to a bee made by @lydianeedle and will be shown at The Richard Jefferies Museum in Swindon as part of FIFTY BEES: The Interconnectedness of All Things. It looks let to be wonderful so do come along to the exhibition in June (check out my fb page for the event link!)⠀
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Day 31/100 for the #100dayproject #100daysofart
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Lovely piece by R Bruton Textiles @brutontextile @FiftyBees art piece, the Sea Radish made using fabrics I hand dyed with vegetables and bee pollen. To read more about it check out my previous post 🐝 #beeartist #fiftybees #fiftybeesartist #searadish #SaveTheBees

Here is my completed @fifty_bees art piece before framing. 🐝
Having researched the beautiful Violet Winged Mining Bee and its habitat I decided to focus my companion artwork on the Sea Radish. This bee almost exclusively collects pollen from this unusual and fascinating crucifer and so it is absolutely vital to its ecology. This striking plant with its long tapering seed pods is predominantly costal, thrives in sandy soil and is a foragers favorite. As my artwork is a response to the ecology of our bee it felt important that I used only natural materials. I made my own dyes to add colour to cotton fabric. Brussels sprouts for the green, part of the Brassica family just like the Sea Radish. For the yellow I used bee pollen! I’ve used pure cotton thread in the ‘drawing’ of my Sea Radish artwork to replicate the delicacy of the bee’s ecosystem.

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Celebrating the Dandilion-Taraxacum and the importance of this often disregarded weed in its importance to my selected Bee the short fringed mining bee. Developing pieces to choose from for the Fifty Bees project....I think a lovely wire frame with complimentary bee delights. To give the Dandelions status and pride of place amongst other glamorous wildflowers @fifty_bees
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Definitely underrated is the Dandilion-Taraxacum. Hundreds of gold sun like bobbling heads in the sunshine..... I am sure my Bee the short fringed mining bee is in Dandelion heaven. Developing pieces to choose from for the Fifty Bees project....I think a lovely wire frame with complimentary bee delights will suit this piece @fifty_bees
#fiftybees #fiftybeesartist #savethebees #shortfringeminingbee #dandelion #dandilions #Taraxacum #maker #makersgonnamake #makersmovement #clay #pressflower#bees #beeproject#plaster #plastercast #wildflowers #britishwildflowers #plasterart #flowerpreservation

Definitely underrated is the Dandilion-Taraxacum. Hundreds of gold sun like bobbling heads in the sunshine..... I am sure my Bee the short fringed mining bee is in Dandelion heaven. Developing pieces to choose from for the Fifty Bees project....I think a lovely wire frame with complimentary bee delights will suit this piece @fifty_bees
#fiftybees #fiftybeesartist #savethebees #shortfringeminingbee #dandelion #dandilions #Taraxacum #maker #makersgonnamake #makersmovement #clay #pressflower#bees #beeproject#plaster #plastercast #wildflowers #britishwildflowers #plasterart #flowerpreservation

Research, sketches and prep work done, time for the making of my @fifty_bees piece and bringing my image of a Sea Radish to life. Here are some snippets of that process from sewing through my sketch to mark out my shapes, to adding detail into my natural hand dyed fabrics with cotton threads and then appliqué to layer up the colours.
The next photo I share with you from this project will be the finished piece 🤩🐝 #fiftybees #beeartist #fiftybeesartist #searadish #crucifers #brassicas #plantdyedfabric #naturaldye #cottonthread #ecology #environment #habitat #freemotionembroidery #freehandmachineembroidery #applique #drawingwiththread #sewnart #textileart #fibreart #textileartist #rebeccabrutonart #savethebees #bees #bee

I have been waiting patiently as I am sure my Bee has been for the wildflowers to bloom.... It’s definitely happened this week with all of the fabulous sunshine...... one thing that has definitely stood out and is often underrated is the Dandilion-Taraxacum. Hundreds of gold sun like bobbling heads in the sunshine..... I am sure my Bee the short fringed mining bee is in Dandelion heaven. This is the start of my preparation for the Fifty Bees project....
#fiftybees #fiftybeesartist #savethebees #shortfringeminingbee #dandelion #dandilions #Taraxacum #maker #makersgonnamake #makersmovement #clay #pressflower#bees #beeproject

Mortar
28 x 20cms
Discarded papers and Nana’s thread.
Scroll for credits, but impossible to fit here, if you want the full story see profile link.
It’s my contribution to @fifty_bees curated by the wonderful @lydianeedle with the help of her trusty and hard-working beekeepers @joymerron @pollydennishughes @foreverycloud @suziedreamingofwings There will be an exhibition at @richardjefferiesmuseum in June.
*please note Jooney Woodward did not take the Giraffe House photo.
*Daniel Lynch took the Harrow School photo, not Ian Jones.
WILL DO NEW KEY IN A BIT
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A little close up of my finished piece for the #fiftybees18 project. So honoured to be part of it. Check out @fifty_bees to follow all the bees and the artists involved.
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Just cutting out a little leaf cutter bee with her leaf ready for @fiftybees...
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My own garden leafcutters have started on the pear tree too which is exciting 🍃🌿🌿 (unless you are a pear tree...)
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Now for the third instalment of my @fifty_bees make. 😝Having decided on my subject the next step was the prep work. As our companion pieces are a response to the ecology of our bee and it’s habitat it felt right to keep everything 100% natural. I ‘scoured’ some natural unbleached cotton then made home dyes using bee pollen for yellow (this was a first😮🐝) and brussel sprouts for green as these are part of the Brassica family just like the Sea Radish but I did add some spinach to this to one to give a bit more depth of colour. I loved going back to the dying process for this little project, experimenting with the pollen made me feel like I was making George’s Marvelous Medicine, great fun but the smell in the house was ... erm.... interesting!!! 😳 Finally I made sure I had all the colours I needed in pure cotton thread, no synthetics here! Next step.... making!
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