Monday 24 July 2017


               Good meeting yesterday. Steph showed us some of her hand knitted samples

and some of the knitted and wrapped pieces she will show at the exhibition in Bath

Monday 10 July 2017

The bees by Carla Mines

The South London Entomological and Natural History Society 1915-16 reported a deeply rooted superstition that if a death occurred in the family, the bees had to be told or they would all die during the coming year. I found a poem by Rudyard Kipling called, 'The Bee-Boy Song' which carried on this superstition.
 I have been looking at bees making nests in the wild, some on the ground, others in the trees. With the country leaving the EU the laws surrounding  the use of horrid pesticides on agricultural land are in jeopardy. We need to protect the bees.
  I decided that I would like to make a piece of work called, 'Tell the Bees'. This pictures shows the beginnings of the piece. I have made labels showing bees . In the poem, Rudyard  quotes, 'Marriage, birth or  buryin, news across the seas, all your sad and merry in, you must tell the bees.' So on the reverse of the labels I have put my news. 

Then I gave labels to my friends and colleagues and asked if they would like to add some news and these are some of them.
If you would like to contribute, make or reuse an old label  8 x4 cmx. decorated as you like and send them to Stephanie Wooster, University of the West of  England, Clanage Road, Bower Ashton, Bristol BS3  8 JJ. You can also contribute within our exhibition, 'Underpinning' @ 44AD, 4 Abbey Street, Bath BA1 1NN, From 5th 10th September. 11am -5pm. It will be lovely to meet you.

Monday 3 July 2017

weekend workshop

We've just had a lovely weekend workshop run by Steph in Liz's studio overlooking a colourful garden. It was quite challenging as on the Saturday morning we had to collaborate in pairs, without speaking at all, and create a piece relating to the head and movement, that both people could wear! There were some very funny moments! I started by thinking about the moving parts on a head and looked at ways to create opening paper eyes, a wrinkling nose and an opening mouth out of one of the papers Steph had brought.

On the Sunday Linda was ill so we couldn't work in pairs any more. Instead individually we responded to what had been made by others on the previous day. The different sorts of hats appealed to me so I made some samples using fabrics that Carolyn had brought - a pleated silk ruffle to trim a hat, an overlaying of dyed scrim on another fabric to reference straw hats and plaited cotton that was wound & stitched round and round as some straw hats are. Ideas being taken from an NT book on hats & bonnets from the Snowshill collection.

more images of the workshop from Linda