The third Devon Guild member taking part in this project I would like to introduce you to is Helen Edwards. Based in South Devon, Helen uses her skills in ceramics, metals and textiles to construct intricate and unique Mixed Media artwork with visual and tactile appeal. Photography, printing and etching, stitching, weaving and dyeing are some of the many processes Helen uses to give her work its characteristic texture, pattern and colour.
For Urban Bees: Working Together, Helen is highlighting which wild flowers the bees enjoy, and benefit from, the most. “I chose to concentrate on the plant aspect of the bee project because I have always loved the names and colours of wild flowers and have always pressed them.”
Currently Helen is working on two cushions embroidered with the names of the flowers. Using a silk/linen fabric on which she has painted the colours of the flowers Helen is embroidering the flower names on a layer of silk on top. “It is time consuming and I have to concentrate very hard not to make any spelling mistakes, but I like the effect of all the stitched flower names”.
Helen enjoys laborious, intricate processes and loves tactile materials; creating flexible constructed surfaces that form uniquely individual pieces. Working with a variety of materials gives tactile appeal to the surfaces she constructs. People may already be familiar with her pewter work where she often uses leaf skeletons or pressed flowers in the pewter designs. This pewter coverlet shows Ivy leaves – such an important source of autumn nectar for the bees. Let’s hope she has some time to create some flower/leaf pewter bookmarks for the Devon Guild of Craftsman’s Bee Focus that will take place in the Guild shop at Bovey Tracey throughout September to coincide with the Urban Bees: Working Together exhibition.
Urban Bees: Working Together
Friday 5 September – Saturday 27th September
The Yard Gallery, Exeter College (off Queen Street, EX4 3SR)
Opening hours – 10am-6pm Monday-Fridays, 9am-1pm Saturdays, closed on Sundays.
To coincide with the Exeter exhibition there is also a Bee Focus in the Devon Guild of Craftsmen’s shop at the Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, nr Newton Abbott, TQ13 9AF.
Opening hours – 10am – 5.30pm, 7 days a week
An event page has now been set up for Urban Bees: Working Together on FaceBook.
Together with a daily Bee Fact, there are other links to bee related articles and website, plus other glimpses of the artists work as they become available. You are welcome to interact with the page and share you Bee interests. So do visit the page, click the button to say you intend to visit the exhibition in September at the Yard Gallery at Exeter College. And please share the link with friends you think would be interested.
To read an intoduction to the project and a little bit about Debby Mason see Urban Bess: Working Together 1.
To read a little about ceramisist Philippa de Burlet see Urban Bees:Working Together 2.