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

 

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