The Plight of the Bumble Bee

Phacelia seeds impregnated into hand made paper flowers ready for planting. (Tamar Organics)

Phacelia seeds impregnated into hand made paper flowers ready for planting. (Tamar Organics)

Bee is the new buzz word.  (as in Great British Sewing).  Our poor honey bees have had a dreadful winter with many producers opening up hives to discover dead bees.  With questions about certain intensive agricultural practices, indiscriminate use of pesticides, parasites, diseases and long, harsh winters, it seems our bee population is in crisis at the moment.  And that has consequences for us all.

thumb-print bees, part of the 'bee happy' collaborative community art project raising awareness of the declining population.  The kites became part of the 'swarm TV' project.

thumb-print bees, part of the ‘bee happy’ collaborative community art project raising awareness of the declining population. The kites became part of the ‘swarm TV’ project at AIR Pressure, (see below).

Spent most of last week ‘buzzing’ backwards and forwards from Falmouth attending some events at the AIR Pressure Conference at UCF, as well as catching up with some old friends from my days at Higher Spargo and revisiting familiar walks with dogs in between events.  This was a week of exhibitions and activities responding to and communicating changing climate with presentations from artists, scientists and academics on communicating green agendas.  I even managed to get a seat in the full house to hear Cornelia Parker‘s MA Lecture (not part of AIR Pressure) which was brilliant.  As weeks go, they don’t get much better than this.

footpath around Argal Resevoir

footpath, Argal Reservoir

Performance by Verena van den Berg (choreography student) in the old orchard, at Finissage event.

Performance by Verena van den Berg (choreography student) in the old orchard, at Finissage event.

“As we continue to listen to the stories of our bodies, we recognize both body and earth as home”.  Andrea Olsen

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