Virtual Exhibition: Life Cycle of Making by Bridget Bailey

Monday, 16 November 2020 - Sunday, 22 November 2020


Bridget Bailey's Life Cycle of Making explores her creative process, showing the evolution of ideas by arranging the experiments, finished works and inspirations that form a body of work on a large canvas, in the order they happened.

Bridget has created a film to show the piece and tell the story behind it. It will show how ideas spark up, from scrutinising feathers, and then mutate through sampling in different materials – from wire and paper, to needles – turning into a creeping insect leg and a chrysanthemum skeleton along the way, while revealing what it’s like to experience the qualities of these stages from a maker’s point of view. 

Chrysanthemum Skeleton



We will hold two live virtual events during the exhibition.
Booking is essential for both.


Life Cycle of Making – Creative Comparisons
Wednesday 18 November, 7 - 8 pm

Professor Roger Kneebone, Bridget Bailey and Emily Jo Gibbs in conversation, sharing insights into the way they work and comparing their creative process.



Roger Kneebone, Professor of Surgical Education at Imperial College London and Outreach Fellow for the Welcome Trust is well known for his inspirational lectures and his Countercurrent Conversations, which explore the contrasts and crossovers between medicine and many aspects of the arts.

Bridget Bailey’s Flora and Fauna inspired artworks and installations combine intriguing ideas and intricate making with her textile and millinery background. 

Emily Jo Gibbs project 'The Value of Making', shown at Collect 18, depicts makers through representations of their tools, in a series of exquisite hand-stitched still-life portraits.

The event is on Zoom and a link and will be sent out to you a few days before.

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Life Cycle of Making – Shared Making Experience
Thursday 19 November, 6 - 7 pm

Bridget shares one of her production processes through a demonstration of making a delicate insect leg.



Bridget demonstrates making a delicate wire insect leg, and attendees can join in the process to get a sense of what it feels like to try the intricate intense production techniques she uses for some of her finished artworks.

This session is a demonstration and not in the ‘teaching’ style of a masterclass. It’s about noticing what it feels like to engage with the process. A chance to share the experience of handling and working with some of the actual materials used in the production stage of the making process.

Each person booking this session will receive a materials kit with the ingredients to have a go at making an insect leg, so please email  stating your booking reference and postal address so the materials can be posted to you.

Please note the last posting date to receive a materials pack within UK is Tuesday 17 November. The last posting date for delivery abroad has now passed.

The event will be on Zoom and a link will be sent out a few days before the date.

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