26 December 1952 |
|Known for||Member of Hawkwind (1971–1975)|
Stacia (born Stacia Blake, 26 December 1952) is an Irish professional artist who is best known as the former dancer for Hawkwind.
Stacia joined the band in 1971; however accounts vary as to how and why she began working with the band. Liner notes to In Search of Space indicate that poet and lyricist Robert Calvert recruited her for live shows; other sources state that she was a friend of Nik Turner, saxophonist and flautist for the band. In 2012, Turner told Mojo Magazine, "I met Stacia for the first time at the Isle of Wight... She said, "Can I dance with you?" and I said, "Yeah, but you must take off all your clothes and paint your body." She took all her clothes off but unfortunately I didn't have any body paint. That was like her audition." In an interview in British music magazine Melody Maker, Stacia herself stated that she attended a show and, inspired by the music, got on stage and performed an impromptu dance to the band's music. She immediately became an integral part of the live show after joining in 1971.
According to a 1974 interview in Penthouse, Stacia was six feet (183 cm) tall and "happily bisexual". She regularly augmented her visual impact by performing topless or nude, her body decorated in iridescent or luminescent paint. In a 2007 BBC Four documentary, Lemmy described her as 6 ft 2 inches (188 cm) tall with a 52 inch (132 cm) bust and a bookbinder by trade. The same documentary said that she was working as a petrol pump attendant in Cornwall when she joined the band.
Stacia regarded what she did with the band as interpretive dance, and was an integral part of the early to mid-1970s Hawkwind show, particularly during the Space Ritual era. She left Hawkwind in 1975 after touring with them for the Warrior on the Edge of Time album. Her departure, along with that of Lemmy (who went on to form Motörhead) and Robert Calvert, signaled the end of an era; though Calvert, after a guest appearance with the band at the Reading festival, decided to rejoin the band full-time towards the end of that year.
After leaving Hawkwind, Stacia returned to private life and married Roy Dyke. As former Hawkwind manager Doug Smith said in the October 2000 issue of Classic Rock magazine, "The last anybody heard, Stacia was married with children and living in Hamburg with her husband Roy Dyke, formerly of Ashton, Gardner and Dyke." The couple has a daughter, Aysha Dyke, who lives in Hamburg and is currently in the band Generations of Music.
She has said about her work: "[It..] is greatly influenced by my love of nature, in all its aspects. Landscapes, people, animals, sound and movement. All these things permeate my being. I allow them to become part of me. After a time of reflection, all these impressions culminate in the creation of inner landscapes which are then released to create the images you see in my work."
- 1990 Freie Kunstschule, Hamburg, Germany
- 1992 Limerick Senior College, Ireland
- 1993 Crawford College of Art and Design, Ireland
- 1995 Erasmus exchange, Finland
- Mojo Magazine, September 2012, p.27
- "Long, tall "Stacia - the six foot lady with the two-way sex life"". Penthouse. 1974. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
- Simon Chu (Director), Tim Cumming (Writer) (20 March 2007). Hawkwind: Do Not Panic (Documentary). BBC.
- "The Hawkestra!". Classic Rock Magazine. October 2000. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
- "New exhibition aims to show “peace” works". KellyPR. 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
- Stacia on Twitter
- Photos of Stacia at a concert in Copenhagen
- A current website for Stacia with gallery of work
- A short article about Stacia
- Article about Stacia and other Irish artists