I am a mixed media and fibre artist working in rural Somerset and basically, I’m obsessed with beautiful British wool, it is my inspiration - it is at the heart of everything I do. Because of its fabulous eco-credentials and it’s diverse properties, I am able to sculpt with it or make it gossamer thin in order to make studies of the sea and passing moments, sketches in wool. 

All of my work has an emphasis on the environment and sustainability.

My larger pieces are concerned with the British coast. Using reclaimed materials, beach combed finds and combining them the wool, I aim to emphasise the legacy of man’s interaction upon the sea.

In my small pieces, I needle felt into vintage containers; with these, I aim to create vignettes of the more elusive creatures of our countryside as seen in my recent exhibitions, FIFTY BEES: the Interconnectedness of All Things.   

At present, plans are beginning for the third leg of the project which will consist of an exhibition in Taunton.  If you would like to apply to become one of the fifty companion artists, the application can be found here: https://goo.gl/forms/4bWZtJ2RvajGZFoj1 

EXHIBITIONS COMING UP  

FIFTY BEES: The Interconnectedness Of All Things

Fifty British bees crafted in wool by Lydia Needle with responses by fifty invited artists.         

At For Every Cloud, Bow Street, Langport, Somerset. TA10 9PR 

Meet the Artists Friday 3rd August 6pm - 8pm.   The exhibition runs from 4 August – 1 September and these are the opening times:

·     Monday:               closed

·     Tuesday:               closed

·     Wednesday:         10am – 4pm

·     Thursday:             10am – 4pm

·     Friday:                   9am – 1pm

·     Saturday:             10am – 2pm

·     Sunday:               closed

Telephone: 01458 251475  

Find the FIFTY BEES on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or email us at fiftybees@gmail.com 

SOMERSET OPEN STUDIOS – FOOTPRINTS

Exploring the artist’s place in community and environment.

At ACEarts, Market Place, Somerton, Somerset, TA11 7NB

Lydia will be joined by Rebecca Bruton, the SAW Creative Pathways Bursary winner. Both artists will be transforming the gallery into a studio space:

‘Somerset Open Studios 2018 draws Art Weeks back to its roots, focusing on artists in their working environment…visitors will be able to see how artists make their work; their process, practice and inspiration.

Details about workshops and ‘Have-a-go’ sessions to follow.

Private view: Friday 14 September 6–8pm
Elder Day event: Sunday 30 September 11am–4pm

CLASSES

Needle felting with Lydia Needle - Pick a Kit at For Every Cloud, Bow Street, Langport TA10 9PR

11th August at 10:00–16:00

The perfect class for complete needle felt novices or those looking to improve their felting skills. Choose from one of Lydia’s wonderful kits such as robins, cats, hare, bear or squirrel and enjoy learning this amazing craft.
During the day, you will work through the kit of your choice with full support and expert advice from Lydia.
All equipment, materials and finished sculpture/s are yours to keep at the end of the class.
10-4pm
£65pp
The workshop is held within the wonderful studio and gallery. Tea and coffee will be provided and you are welcome to bring your lunch.

Please let us know which kit you would like to work with at the time of booking.

Book online or call 01458 251475

https://www.foreverycloud.co.uk/creative-workshops/?item-details=578295893&item-name=Needle-felting-Workshop---Pick-a-kit

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Needle felting with Lydia Needle - Pick a Kit at ACEarts, Market Place, Somerton, TA11 7NB

24th September

The perfect class for complete needle felt novices or those looking to improve their felting skills. Choose from one of Lydia’s wonderful kits such as robins, cats, hare, bear or squirrel and enjoy learning this amazing craft.
During the day, you will work through the kit of your choice with full support and expert advice from Lydia.
All equipment, materials and finished sculpture/s are yours to keep at the end of the class.
10-4pm
£50pp
The workshop is held in the gallery during Somerset Open Studios. Tea and coffee will be provided and you are welcome to bring your lunch.

To book please phone 01458 273008 or email aceartssomerton@icloud.com 

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Advanced Needle Felting Workshop with Lydia Needle at Through the Rainbow, Unit 27, Barnack Industrial Centre, Wilton, SP2 0AW

Dog Anatomy focusing on heads, faces and armatures.

14th October at 10:00–16:00

This workshop is the perfect learning environment for those hoping to really hone their needle felting skills.
It is recommended for those who already have some experience of needle felting but is not really suitable for complete beginners. If you wish to attend this advanced class, I recommend going to at least one workshop hosted By Lydia or Erica of Through the Rainbow purchasing one of blackdogandgingercat’s needle felting kits.
During the session, we will work on a dog’s head, looking atfaces and legs in order to perfect our characteristic with full support and expert advice from Lydia.


***Please note: we will not complete a whole dog but will instead have a variety of pieces to work with at home. Please feel free to bring pictures of your own dog for inspiration.

All equipment, materials and sculptural pieces are yours to keep at the end of the class.
10-4pm
£60pp
To book please phone 07864 860522 or email artsrushandcane@gmail.com


IN THE MEANTIME: if you'd like to see the other work that I produce, you can find that at http://www.blackdogandgingercat.co.uk/ or https://lydianeedlecom.wordpress.com/ and you can contact me at lydianeedle@gmail.com.