Fifty Bees: The Interconnectedness Of All Things

Bees are amazing, unfortunately they are getting screwed.

I am honoured to have been selected for this year’s Fifty Bees project, brainchild of long-admired Lydia Needle.

Each of the fifty artists taking part is allocated a bee species (mine is Colletes Daviesanus), and asked to make an artwork in response. The brief is broad and relaxed, you can pretty much do anything.

Lydia has made the most exquisitely sculpted bees, to exhibit alongside each guest artwork, at Richard Jefferies Museum in June.

I am flailing around like a netted fish. Unbelievable I know, but it has only just dawned on me that my work does not do briefs (however broad) and deadlines. I am still stitching work I started thirty years ago.

I’d had the information for a good month, when panic set in. Having already looked through newspapers and magazines, to no avail,  for pictures of hogweed (my bee’s ‘food’) and the like, I ordered some Wild Flower books on Ebay. It felt wrong, but I felt desperate. The books were described as being in disrepair. They are not. I couldn’t bring myself to cut them up and took them to a charity shop.

Lydia, and my ‘beekeeper’ Joy, are not putting any pressure on me. They have total faith.

Anyway, when I wasn’t looking, I found a path. I’m using this. More to follow.

Raspberry Jam Bakes

Marks And Spencer Raspberry Jam Bakes box.

Found on Cameron Road, Bromley (29th October, 2017).

It was early, and I was walking to the train station, on my way to work.

The box was soggy as hell, but that colour…

My mother refers to it as ‘shocking pink’, which I’d never thought about until now.

Regal Regis

Hand-stitched collage from discarded papers.

Cyrille Regis (Guardian 19.1.18. Photograph: Frank Baron) wearing what’s left of a Tower Of London advert (Time Out, 31 Jan – 6 Feb 2017. Photographer and boy uncredited) after I had cut out the crown for this.

Hand-stitched using my nana’s thread, to a page (WOLS Composition, 1950) from this.

15 x 21cms.

All of my work is numbered, this piece is 863.

It is a one-off. Never to be reproduced in print form. I do not add stuff to the world, but use what is already here.

Do not reproduce online without crediting the above sources.

Bayeux Tapestry

A woman holds her child’s hand while their house is torched by an unconcerned soldier.

Bayeux Tapestry. Cut from the Guardian, 20.1.18.

See the other five buildings here, here, here, here and here.

All of my work is numbered, this piece is 871.

It is a one-off. Never to be reproduced in print form, so please don’t do it. It goes against my grain. I do not add stuff to the world, but use what is already here.

Do not reproduce online without giving credit to the above sources.

North Kensington, London.

Hand-stitched newspaper to napkin.

Part of Grenfell Tower. Notting Dale, London.

Photograph by Dan Kitwood. Cut from the Guardian, 18.1.18.

See the other four buildings, here, here, here and here.

All of my work is numbered, this piece is 871.

It is a one-off. Never to be reproduced in print form, so please don’t do it. It goes against my grain. I do not add stuff to the world, but use what is already here.

Do not reproduce online without giving credit to the above sources.

Hualien, Taiwan

Collapsed building in Hualien, Taiwan, after an earthquake. At the time of going to press, 88 people were unaccounted for.

Cut from the London Evening Standard, 7.2.18. Photographer uncredited.

See the other buildings, here, here and here.

All of my work is numbered, this piece is 871.

It is a one-off. Never to be reproduced in print form, so please don’t do it. It goes against my grain. I do not add stuff to the world, but use what is already here.

Do not reproduce online without giving credit to the above sources.

Perris, California

The home of David and Louise Turpin, and their thirteen children. Perris, California.

Cut from the London Evening Standard, 16.1.18.

See the other houses, here and here.

All of my work is numbered, this piece is 871.

It is a one-off. Never to be reproduced in print form, so please don’t do it. It goes against my grain. I do not add stuff to the world, but use what is already here.

Do not reproduce online without giving credit to the above sources.