Lydia Needle, 12th – 19th January 2019

I had an amazing time at Brisons Veor and think it went really well – I worked really hard, putting in long, wonderful hours. I developed bee pieces within the residence and worked on artist books in the environment, within the specific bee habitats, along coastal paths and inland.
A perfect week (not long enough) to walk and draw and study and think about a new, additional project about bees – “Where do the bees go?”, an exploration about what happens to the bees in the winter, what are the environs that hold them till spring.
For my new work, my eyes were turned away from the sea (sometimes I’ve had to force myself).
So in the mornings we’ve walked along coast and lane and path.
And we’ve made notes about the different types of habitat: rabbit disturbed earth, footpaths, bracken, hedge and heathland.
We’ve felt the warm earth when the January sun shone and wondered what or who is hidden inside.
We’ve leaned around cliff edges and spotted small holes in the compacted earth and contemplated who might be in there.
In the afternoons, I’ve worked on three mini bee sculptures: The Sandpit Mining Bee, the Small Flecked Mining Bee and the Yellow-legged Mining Bee – and I’m so pleased.
The place is perfect, we have to come back soon, hopefully, to see the bees emerge and to continue the work.
So grateful for the focused time, experiments and mistakes and completely recognise it as the true beginning of new development work. This time was crucial to me.

The sculptures of the bees will be going into an exhibition which is taking place in Taunton next month – these will all be for sale. The artists books are part of a new side-project which I expect to evolve until 2022 when it will form part of an exhibition too.