My next exhibition:
Friday May the 26th ~ Monday 26th June
From wearable wasps to bouquets of bees, and textile taxidermy bell-jars to millinery moths, textile artist Bridget Bailey explores the world of insects.
‘Inspired by ….gallery’
The Moors National Park Centre
Lodge Ln, Danby, Whitby YO21 2NB
I’m an artist working in textiles and millinery. I work in south London making artworks, headpieces, and jewellery, for exhibitions and commissions.
Inspired by the diversity of the natural world and the ways textiles and millinery can be used to describe and explore its flora and fauna, I love to use materials in delicate and unexpected ways. Millinery straw is coaxed into sharp thorns, and tiny feathers layered to give iridescent colours. Wires are bound with silk threads to make delicate insect legs, or swirled to make their flightpaths. Materials can do magical things.
I’m also a passionate gardener (when time allows it) and this is a great way to observe how plants and insects work and relate to each other.
Master-classes: I teach master-classes in millinery and textile techniques at my London studio and at selected venues abroad. Do get in in touch if you’d like more information about this.
If you would like to visit my studio, do email me and we can make an appointment for you to come and see me.
I work in a great studio with lots of other artists and designer-makers.
Clockwork Studios used to be The Fun Factory - Fred Karno's theatrical headquarters - Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel appear in some of the old photos of the building.
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Where my ideas come from:
I have a collection of techniques and materials and a wish list of things I’d love to create, like thorns and rose petals, or smoke and flames. The magic happens when the techniques and ideas match up and get together.
Materials can do magical things:
It’s all about spotting potential and noticing when a material reminds you of something else.
And of course some things are beautiful already, like feathers…
It takes hours to make a small piece and days to make a large one. And that is just the making…working out how to make a piece can take years - it’s more like evolution with the odd flash of inspiration.