Absolutely Buzzing!

Absolutely Buzzing - Bridget Bailey's exhibition of insect inspired work

Absolutely Buzzing - Bridget Bailey's exhibition of insect inspired work

It’s ‘Absolutely Buzzing’ at Inspired by…Gallery, North York Moors National Park Centre, Lodge Lane, Danby, Whitby, YO21 2NB – showing now through to 26 June

From textile taxidermy to entomological millinery, Bridget Bailey’s art works combine intriguing ideas with her very particular making skills. Millinery straw is coaxed into sharp thorns and tiny feathers are layered, making iridescent beetles. Wires are bound with silk threads to make insect legs, or swirled to represent flight-paths.

Bridget Bailey: Moths and Lily: Absolutely Buzzing at Inspired by... Gallery

Bridget Bailey: Moths and Lily: Absolutely Buzzing at Inspired by... Gallery

A childhood fascination with insects was temporarily eclipsed by a millinery career making flowers, but it hatched out again as Bridget began creating them. Insects make up more than half of life on earth, but they’re often too small to observe (even the ones we know about can still feel undiscovered). This leaves room to explore, invent and speculate about how to describe them through making.

Bridget Bailey Insect ring: Absolutely Buzzing at Inspired by... Gallery

Bridget Bailey Insect ring: Absolutely Buzzing at Inspired by... Gallery

Trained in textiles at Farnham College of Art, Bridget formed Bailey Tomlin Millinery in 1989. She now works as an artist, making for exhibitions and commissions, and shares her skills and experience through teaching master-classes.

Beetle brooch pins by Bridget Bailey at Inspired by Gallery

Beetle brooch pins by Bridget Bailey at Inspired by Gallery

 

Surrey Artists Open Studios

Alison Ellen Knitwear - Surrey Artists Open Studios

Alison Ellen Knitwear - Surrey Artists Open Studios

‘Jeffreys Cottage group’ – June 3-4, 9-10-11, & 13-14, open from 11-5 each day.

This year, all artists taking part in Surrey Artists Open Studios have been asked to open on June 3, and to make it a ‘special’ day. At Jeffreys Cottage in Bealeswood Lane, Dockenfield, five artists will each be demonstrating working methods. Alison Ellen will be dyeing wool for her knitwear, Ruth Taylor painting landscapes, using various tools and materials to create texture in the paint. Ruta Brown will be making her sculptural jewellery, Shirley Ann Stephens brings a printing press and will be cutting lino for her prints, and Jane Silk sets up a pottery to show how she builds her ceramic birds and pots.

On Friday 9 June there will be two workshops from 10.30 -12.30: ‘cutting and printing a lino block’, and ‘colour and inspiration in knitting’ – see the website for details:

http://www.surreyopenstudios.org.uk/event/

 

 

 

Cockpit Arts Open Studios

Cockpit Arts Open Studios

Cockpit Arts Open Studios. !image: Work by various Cockpit based makers, photo by Jamie Trounce

9-11 June Holborn (Cockpit Yard, Northington Street, London WC11 2NP)

16-18 June Deptford (16-22 Creekside, London SE8 3DZ)

Meet 170 makers at Cockpit Arts two centres in central and south London. Visitors can see behind the scenes in the studios and buy work direct from Cockpit Arts’ master craftspeople and artist-makers, past and present.

www.cockpitarts.com