PROJECT UPDATE 280821
Thank you to everyone who has requested a pack - to date I have sent out over 230, an amazing response and I'm thrilled to see them shared and responded to on social media.
I can honestly say there is something wonderful about each piece that I have held in my hands. At times it has been overwhelming - the pieces, the stories, the conversations and the hope that this project has given me. I wish you could all have shared in the excitement of opening the envelopes and looking closely at the inspirational work you have done.
Please, please continue to send them back - I will endeavour to share and include each one. And if you are concerned about the quality of what you have done, please don't be - each one is an important piece of the concept and what you are seeing on social media is heavily curated (the "instagram" effect - the best views, in the best setting etc etc). The main objective was to get people thinking and we've certainly achieved that in spades!!! The individual pieces help you focus a bit closer and the collection publicises the message further. I'm thrilled and somewhat overwhelmed at the response. You can follow the hashtag #flightpathcommunityproject and there are highlights on instagram under 1#FPCOMM / 2#FPCOMM / 3#FPCOMM (if I have missed your post on instagram, please drop me a DM)
Exhibition information: I am delighted to say that Ros and Sue have offered us the main Gallery at Kaleidoscope Gallery in Sevenoaks from 23-27 November (setup is likely to be in the morning of 23 November, hopefully ready by lunchtime). I hope to be there as much as possible but please contact me nearer the time if you want to be sure - it would be lovely to meet you. The exhibition may then move to the mezzanine for a few weeks.
If you are new to this project: I am winding down a little to sort out what I have received and get ready for the exhibition in November. You are still welcome to join in but I cannot guarantee you will be included in the publicity or exhibition (depending on when I receive your piece back) but I will try!
There are conversations taking place to extend the project into 2022 with a possible new exhibition venue ... keep in touch for more information as it comes available.
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I was introduced to the concept in 2017 by Nikki Gammans when I joined her Bumblebee Identification course and my main takeaway from this event was the problems created when groups of species get isolated in small pockets of land. Apart from the obvious catastrophic events, such as flooding or fire or lack of food, there are other issues arising from lack of diversity such as male sterility in Bumblebees.
As my work has evolved around the more abstract series "FlightPath", the nature corridor narrative has grown. The concertina sculptures have focused my attention on the barriers to nature as I catch glimpses of insects between the folds and struggle to find empty space to draw a wasp within the marks. It's become a metaphor in my head for the struggle in nature.
The concertinas are created by random mark making with graphite on a large sheet of paper (both sides) and then cutting into strips and folding on the square. For a large book the strips may be glued together. Then I search for appropriate places to draw wasps throughout the length, occasionally in small clusters but more often with big gaps. Some strips are concealed in handmade boxes - a further isolation.
General awareness of wildlife corridors is increasing with projects such as "B-Lines" run by Buglife and #BeeTheChange from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and I'm looking to help promote these through a project of my own.
This community project is intended to get you thinking about insects and their habitats.
* the deadline is fairly flexible - it's there to help you focus and encourage you to get the work back to me!
MORE INFORMATION AND IDEAS
Please note that the information below is taken from the Chairity websites
and I hope it will inspire you to look further.
Help Buglife save the planet - B-Lines
‘If we and the rest of the back-boned animals were to disappear overnight, the rest of the world would get on pretty well. But if the invertebrates were to disappear, the world’s ecosystems would collapse.’
Sir David Attenborough
Imagine trying to travel around Britain without our road and rail network. Or imagine if nine out of every ten miles of road just didn’t exist – life would be impossible!
Well for much of our wildlife this is the reality – it is confined to tiny fragments of habitat and unable to move across the countryside as our climate and landscape rapidly changes. It has been predicted that 40-70% of species could go extinct if action is not taken to enable species to move through the landscape (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2007).
We can all play our part in helping to solve this and B-Lines is showing really positive change
At home and in your community
Gardens cover over 430,000ha of the UK, which is over four and half times the total area of our National Nature Reserves! This makes them hugely important habitat stepping stones for sustaining wildlife of all kinds.
The nation’s lawns are a huge untapped resource for our pollinators – even just mowing less often will give dandelions, daisies, clover and Selfheal the chance to flower, so give the mower a rest. Bigger gardens can provide diverse habitat features for pollinators including wildflowers, bee friendly garden plants, fruit trees, hedges, spring bulbs or wildlife ponds. Even containers or hanging baskets can enhance small paved gardens.
Local community spaces can be great places to deliver for wildlife, with people working together to share their skills, experience and enthusiasm. Sowing wildflower patches in allotments, creating wildflower-rich grasslands in schools, planting fruit trees in wildlife gardens or bee friendly gardens around housing estates for example, are all great ways that people can work together to help their local pollinators and contribute to filling the B-Lines with flowers.
Buglife are working alongside many partner organisations to spread the message throughout the UK. Organisations such at the Bumblebee Conservation Trust who are promoting and supporting Be The Change:
Bee the Change is all about quick, simple ways you can make your local area more bumblebee-friendly. It doesn’t matter if you live in the city or the countryside. If you have a garden, a flower pot – or no outdoor space at all!
Bumblebees do an amazing job pollinating our crops and wildflowers. But as our towns and countryside change, there are fewer flowers to feed on, so bumblebees need a helping hand to survive.
Get started with their FREE how-to guides and resources and keep checking back to see what’s new!
Thank you to everyone who has taken part in this project so far - the video above gives some insight into the process to create the pieces and below are some highlights from recipients
I'm really excited by the diversity of responses, both in terms of the finished pieces and also the conversations that are taking place as a result. It's lovely to see so many of you "thinking outside the box"
I will gradually add images and captions below to continue to inspire you and also to include you in the dialogue. Please bear with me - this has proved far more popular that I envisaged!
If you are uncomfortable with what I have shared please get in touch and I will edit or remove accordingly
Click on the images for more about each artist
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