A dramatic show of wearable art at Danby’s Inspired by… gallery in June will offer audience members the chance to win a unique piece by the artist, whose work has been featured in Vogue magazine.
Absolutely Buzzing – The Show is part of a stunning exhibition of intricate and wearable textile insects by leading designer and milliner Bridget Bailey. The exhibition, Absolutely Buzzing, can be seen at the gallery from today (May 26) to Sunday June 26, and will feature wearable art fashioned from luxurious fabrics, feathers and other materials by Bridget, and will be supported by a programme of events.
Absolutely Buzzing – The Show will take place on Saturday 24 June from 6.30pm, and will feature Bridget’s creations supported by some of the region’s best textile designers. Tickets cost £20 and include wild food canapés by award-winning Whitby chef Rob Green, such as spider crab cocktail, spiced belly pork lollipops coated with honey sourced from within the park, and ‘wasps’ nest’ meringues.
Drinks will be provided by Tree Top Press, also located within the National Park at Suffield, near Scarborough; they have created insect-inspired ‘mocktails’ including Lacewing Liquor and Essence of Orange Tip.
One attendee at this event will also be the lucky winner of a unique beetle pendant which Bridget has created especially for the occasion.
Bridget grew up in Sandsend and spent much of her childhood on the North York Moors. She works as an artist, making for exhibitions and commissions and shares her skills and experience through teaching masterclasses. Her work has recently been shown at London Craft Week at Fortnum & Mason.
Bridget said: “Insects make up more than half of life on earth, but they’re often too small to observe – even those we know can still feel undiscovered. This leaves room to explore, invent, and speculate about how to describe them through making.
“Millinery straw is coaxed into sharp thorns, and tiny feathers are layered, making iridescent beetles. Wires are bound with silk threads to make insect legs, or swirled to represent flight-paths. This new exhibition is a special combination of going somewhere new as an artist, but returning to where I grew up. A beautiful space in a beautiful place, with all the challenge of making new work, but with the resonance of a real homecoming.”
Other events include:
Flight Path (27 May, noon to 1pm): Bridget Bailey shares images of her work and discusses her career. Tickets £5; booking essential; Meet the Maker (27 May, 2pm-5pm): Bridget will demonstrate how to make moth and butterfly wings, using fine fabrics and embossing and wiring techniques. Free; Craft activities for children: Hungry Caterpillar’s Party (30 May, 10.30am and 2.15pm); Creepy Crawly Carnival (31 May, 10.30am and 1.30pm); Brilliant Beetles (1 June, 10.30am), Dazzling Dragonflies (1 June, 1.30pm); Flight of the Bumblebee (Saturday 25 June, 10am-4pm): learn how to use Bridget Bailey’s textile and millinery techniques to create delicate insects using feathers, fibres, silks and velvet. Places on the workshop cost £50; ages 14-plus. Booking essential.