A little while ago at the crack of dawn, I woke up, half-asleep, scrambled to find a scrap of paper and scribbled down some lyrics about the Clydach Vale Countryside Park and the coal tips I’d visited with Liam Olds. We'd gone there together, so he could show me where he’d found the White-jawed Yellow-face bee... the inspiration for the song I was writing for the FIFTY BEES arts project. That half-light, between night and morning, is often when I wake up with lyrics or ideas
If you didn’t read the first blog about being part of FIFTY BEES 3, here’s a very quick recap - the sort you’d get at the start of your favourite TV show! (Cue weird Nordic noir music) ;). I’m writing and singing a song for Lydia Needle’s brilliant arts project that has its next stage exhibition at the Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton in oooh... only 6 weeks time!! ;). The private view is on Saturday March 9th from 5-7pm and the exhibition then runs from March 11th until May 6th.
Get ready for a recap! (like the start of your favourite TV drama, when there’s a 60 second reminder of what happened last time ;)). The story so far is that we’re just a bit excited about the next FIFTY BEES exhibition, which will be held at the Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton next year. I’m a ‘Bee Artist’ in this one, which means I’ll be writing a song in response to the bee I'm given by exhibition creator and awesome needlefelt artist, Lydia Needle. I’ll record the song and p
You might think Somerset fibre artist Lydia Needle's idea for FIFTY BEES started with, well... a bee! ;) It's a good guess, but surprisingly it all began with a butterfly. The large blue butterfly that became extinct in 1979 to be exact - and the fact that changes in the ecosystem, affecting rabbits and red ants, also meant a sad goodbye to blue (until it was amazingly reintroduced in 1984). You see? Everything's connected! Anyway, this got Lydia's mind whirring... what about
...that's a great name for a band if you ask us, but no! This is all about the Bees. Fifty beautiful, almost life-sized ones, meticulously hand-crafted by awesome Somerset fibre artist, Lydia Needle. It took Lydia nearly a year to create this intricate collection that's tucked inside various vintage pots and packages… and now, they're all part of her unique exhibition 'FIFTY BEES - The Interconnectedness of All Things', which is currently creating a buzz at ACEarts in Somerto