Mayfly connects the real world with the digital world through beautifully crafted products that allow you to record and listen to life.

We are enthralled by the wonders of technology, but couldn’t live without real, tangible things, like notebooks, tickets and scraps of ephemera that we keep to remind us of what we’ve done. Sounds can only be stored and replayed if they are captured and recorded. Our mission is to bring the physical and digital together. Mayfly products are designed and made with great care and attention using high-quality, British-made materials. Likewise, our mobile app has a simple, intuitive design to make it as easy as possible for you to get on with creating your own Mayfly collections.

Mayflying encourages face-to-face and digital interactions through the making and sharing of sound recordings. Our vision is to extend that ethos of community by instigating Mayfly projects around the world including journal sharing meet-ups, workshops and exhibitions.

About the founders

Barney Heywood, Lucy Telling and Tim Cole began working together on the early stages of Mayfly in 2013 and established the company in 2015. Barney and Lucy are brother and sister and have been collaborating as artists since 2009 through their company, Stand + Stare. Their installations, exhibitions and apps are designed with great attention to detail and characterised by audio stories and technology that links the physical with the digital in interesting and surprising ways. Tim Cole is a history professor at University of Bristol whose academic research covers aspects of memory, landscape, materiality and travel. Through Mayfly they have created a platform for others to use, which shares commonalities with their other work and interests.


Print by Opal
Illustrations by Laurie Clark
App Development by seGames and Mobile Pie
Example Journal by Naomi Said

Funders and supporters:

Mayfly has been funded by the REACT Knowledge Exchange Hub for the Creative Economy. REACT is a collaboration led by UWE Bristol (the University of the West of England), Watershed and the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Mayfly Sound is a resident of the Pervasive Media Studio.