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Day 19 @seam_collective #SeptTextileLove
Research
Sometimes I just stitch straight from the imagination, but quite often my work has been informed by lots of reading and internet research.
This beautiful little British bee is the subject of some current research, as I am lucky enough to have been chosen as a #fiftybees artist.
If you haven’t come across this amazing project @fifty_bees by @lydianeedle , please do take a look. It’s highlighting the threats to our native bee population and their often very fragile habitats and ecology.
Lydia has just chosen the companion artists for the third phase of the project, due next year, and I’m so honoured to be a #fiftybeesartist . Fortunately I have a good library of books to go to when researching the food plants of my bee! 😉
#research #newproject #layingfoundations #makingplans #textileartist #futureexhibition

Really happy that I’ve been selected to take part in the 3rd ‘Fifty Bees: The interconnectedness of all things’ exhibition. 50 artists are each given their own Bee and create a work in response to it. I took part in the first Fifty Bees exhibition, It’s a wonderful thing to be a part of, and one of the best things I’ve ever done. It also helped me fall in love with bees🐝! This time I’ve been given Andrena Clarkella, a solitary bee that is one of our earliest to arrive in Spring. I love this season with all the hope it brings, so it’s perfect for me. This image was my print for the first Fifty Bees exhibition, my response to the Great Yellow Bumblebee. 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝

So long @fifty_bees until we meet again 💙

#vinyl #tattoo #Fiftybees #fiftybeesartist

We loved our outing to see the bees! A beautiful exhibition @lydianeedle and @foreverycloud thank you. #fiftybees #fiftybeesartist #langport #somerset #artist

Excited to see this lady today
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Excitedly off to visit @fifty_bees at @foreverycloud cloud today! Please do go and see this awesome exhibition, it’s only on until September 1st so plan it in now!
Here is a little about my piece. 🐝
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.

#fiftybees #beeartist #langport #fiftybeesartist #searadish #crucifers #brassicas #plantdyedfabric #naturaldye #cottonthread #ecology #environment #habitat #freemotionembroidery #freehandmachineembroidery #applique #drawingwiththread #sewnart #textileart #fibreart #textileartist #rebeccabrutonart #100percentnatural #savethebees #bees #bee

Excitedly off to visit @fifty_bees at @foreverycloud cloud today! Please do go and see this awesome exhibition, it’s only on until September 1st so plan it in now!
Here is a little about my piece. 🐝
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.

#fiftybees #beeartist #langport #fiftybeesartist #searadish #crucifers #brassicas #plantdyedfabric #naturaldye #cottonthread #ecology #environment #habitat #freemotionembroidery #freehandmachineembroidery #applique #drawingwiththread #sewnart #textileart #fibreart #textileartist #rebeccabrutonart #100percentnatural #savethebees #bees #bee

Wahooooo the @fifty_bees exhibition has come to Somerset and is now open at @foreverycloud in Langport! 🐝
So many of you said you had hoped it would come closer so you had a chance to visit the exhibition and now it has! 😃You will be treated to 50 stunning felted bees by @lydianeedle and a wonderfully diverse range of companion artwork too (including one by your truly)!
It’s only on until the 1st of September so go nowwwwwwww! 👍🏻
I’m popping this version of the exhibition flyer here as it has the gallery opening days and times on it! Book a date in on your calendar; I have and am excitedly heading there this week! Yippeeeee 💃🏼 #fiftybees #beeartist #beeart #searadish #langport #somerset #artexhibition #somersetart #savethebees #fiftybees18 #fiftybeesartist

@solitarybeeweek - the answer is Sea Radish or Raphanus Maritimus.
I’d never heard of Sea Radish or really been aware of it before @rebeccabrutontextiles made her companion piece. And I was so excited when I saw it this week because it really highlighted what the FIFTY BEES project is all about, to make us all more aware. It’s certainly made me look at the natural work with totally fresh eyes, and I know that for many visitors to the two exhibitions so far, that’s what they’ve felt too. So huge thanks to Becky for this piece.
This is what she said:
“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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#fiftybees #beeartist #fiftybeesartist #searadish #crucifers #brassicas #plantdyedfabric #naturaldye #cottonthread #ecology #environment #habitat #freemotionembroidery #freehandmachineembroidery #applique #drawingwiththread #sewnart #textileart #fibreart #textileartist #rebeccabrutonart #100percentnatural #savethebees #bees #bee

📢📢📢 WHOOOWHOOO Super Duper Trouper Crazy Exciting News......... The @fifty_bees exhibition is coming home! Having just finished at #therichardjefferiesmuseum @lydianeedle is now bringing back all 107 pieces of artwork to then go into another exhibition right here in Somerset!!!! 😃💃🏼🍏 The exhibition will take place again at the wonderful @foreverycloud in Langport in August! I’m so super excited as I hope this means so many of fans of the first #fiftybees exhibition and all the people wanting to see one of these exhibitions for the first time will be able to enjoy it in all its glory.

As Lydia herself has said... ‘It will the same exhibition yet totally different because of the change of gallery’. Yeyyyyyyyyyyyy! Pop the dates in your diary...3rd August - 1st September!🐝🐝🐝🐝 #bees #fiftybees #fibreartist #bee #savethebees #fiftybees18 #fiftybeesartist #langport #foreverycloud #somerset #artexhibition

Just a reminder that there is still time to catch the @fifty_bees exhibition at @richardjefferiesmuseum if you’re in the area.
Also, all the work, including mine, is for sale on @lydianeedle ‘s website lydianeedle.com
#fiftybees #fiftybees18 #fiftybeesartist

The @fifty_bees exhibition is on right now at the #richardjefferiesmuseum in Swindon. I hope you can get to it but if you can’t the great news is that you can see all the artwork over on the @fifty_bees page, each beautiful bee and its companion piece is on there as well as video tours of the exhibition. 😃 @lydianeedle is also currently in the process of listing each piece on her website www.lydianeedle.com so you can have a good look at the artwork by 50 different response artists working in a huge range of media. Bees and companion artwork will all be available to purchase from her website too. Whoop!
Here you can see my companion piece in place in the exhibition above the fireplace with stunning pieces around it and some close ups of some of my faves so far! (Swipe for a close up of my piece). Works here include @fatpoppycat @hazelpartridgeillustration @mckenzie_julia @pascoe.needle @a2_alisonhancock @gbruceart and of course @lydianeedle
#fiftybees #fiftybees18 #fiftybeesartist #beeart #beeartist #savethebees

The second image from my @fifty_bees piece. This one is 'Habitat', filled with lots of little nooks and crannies which would hopefully make the perfect nest site for a leaf cutter bee 🐝

This is part of the show @richardjefferiesmuseum in #Swindon and it is such a good one! You should go and see it.
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This habitat is printed in gold on Stonehenge black and I found cutting it out in lino a total joy! All those circles 😁

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‘Cutting Through Heathland’ my piece for the @fifty_bees project, currently in show in the @richardjefferiesmuseum
My response to being allocated the Coelioxys elongate (Dull-vented Sharpe-Tail) bee.
I’ve used my signature technique “Interfused Glass” to represent a number of key elements of research. Colours and shapes reflecting the varied habitats including heathland, woodland and coastal dunes. I have also placed small nuggets of glass within some of the voids to highlight how this species use their pointed tail to cut open the cell wall of a host nest to lay its own eggs. The pen drawing inspired by an aerial
photograph of mainland Britain, highlighting gardens as well as the rides and clearings of woodlands.
#fiftybees #fiftybeesartist #beeartists #fiftybees18 #artexhibition #richardjefferiesmuseum #fusedglass #interfusedglass #kilnwork #heathland #aerialphotography #linedrawing #madeinderbyshire

‘Cutting Through Heathland’ my piece for the @fifty_bees project, currently in show in the @richardjefferiesmuseum
My response to being allocated the Coelioxys elongate (Dull-vented Sharpe-Tail) bee.
I’ve used my signature technique “Interfused Glass” to represent a number of key elements of research. Colours and shapes reflecting the varied habitats including heathland, woodland and coastal dunes. I have also placed small nuggets of glass within some of the voids to highlight how this species use their pointed tail to cut open the cell wall of a host nest to lay its own eggs. The pen drawing inspired by an aerial
photograph of mainland Britain, highlighting gardens as well as the rides and clearings of woodlands.
#fiftybees #fiftybeesartist #beeartists #fiftybees18 #artexhibition #richardjefferiesmuseum #fusedglass #interfusedglass #kilnwork #heathland #aerialphotography #linedrawing #madeinderbyshire

#Repost @hazelpartridgeillustration with @get_repost
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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
#paper #papercraft #papercutting #papercut #handmade #craft #bee #sun #moon #solarsystem #dance #nature #connectivity #mystical #illustration #exhibition #art #fiftybees #fiftybeesartist #swindon #wiltshire #richardjefferiesmuseum

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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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So here it is… this is my finished gallery piece.
This is for @fifty_bees and in one weeks time this will be hanging in the Richard Jefferies Museum in Swindon for most of June.
Very excited as this will be the first time I’ve ever been part of an exhibition in a gallery.
This piece represents the flowers my allocated bee would be feeding from in the early part of the year. It now sits in a frame which sets it off perfectly 😁 #fiftybees18 #fiftybees #fiftybeesartist #beekeeper #flowers #fabric #fabricart #fabricartist #jj_topdown #9vaga_dailytheme9 #snap_ish #flowersforbees #gallery #exhibition #tv_neatly #handmade #handmadewithlove #arts_gallery #arts_help #thehandmadeparade #lovely_squares_1 #creatorslane #upcycled #upcycledart #artistsoninstagram #reclaimedart #art #crafttherainbow #bee

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Preliminary work for my next project #fiftybees #fiftybeesartist

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Yippee @fifty_bees exhibition is is starting! 🐝

It's such an amazing project and I'm so pleased to part of this second installment 🐝
My bee companion is one of the Leaf Cutters and it was perfect as they visit my garden.
Hope you can go to the show...
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