Lydia Needle
Lydia Needle

Lydia is an emerging artist and curator who lives and works in Somerset. Her medium is primarily wool, which she uses to create pieces in response to British wildlife. Her most resent body of work is called Fifty Bees: The interconnectedness of All Things. For this Lydia created fifty small almost life-size British bee sculptures in wool. As a passionate believer in interdisciplinary collaboration, she invited fifty visual artists. Makers, writers and musicians to join her in this project. To each one she gave the name of one specific British bee and invited them to procure a companion piece, responding th their bee. Lydia’s initial focus was to extend her own understanding of bee ecology. However the resulting exhibition clearly illustrates to the many visitors how diverse our Bristol bee population is: how exdangered and how pivotal they all are to our ecosystem. This highlighted the growing awareness and concern for our beed and the public enthusiasm to know more - such is the power of art. Therefore, Lydia is currently planning another Fifty Bees with another fifty artist and she hopes to take this to totter parts of the UK.