Barnes and Webb Save the Bees Exhibition
I was invited to create a unique piece of artwork for a joint exhibition, Barnes & Webb launched an event for Save the Bees – an exhibition and auction of artwork celebrating the Honey Bee, This was truly a worthy cause if any, and I was excited to be a part of the exhibition with other amazing illustration artists.
With my new screen printing skills to hand, the bee illustration was something I knew would be just the sort of thing to screen print. I sketched out the bee, with intricate details incorporating flowers and leaves into the bee. I was inspired by how bees fly through the air and pollinate the flowers, and I wanted to capture this within the illustration.
I completed the illustrations and was ready to screen print the illustration. I have been printing at the Peckham Print Studio for the last couple of months building up my printing skills, with just a handful of prints to print, it was still a difficult 2 could screen print, as the detail of the print was very fine, and the exposing and washing process was tricky. In the end, I had to hand draw in some detail, which was a pleasure to do, as it added more labour to the illustration, Hopefully, the winning bidder would value the effort, as it is far removed from a digital print.
Coinciding with the London honey harvest, Barnes & Webb launched an event for Save the Bees – an exhibition and auction of artwork celebrating the Honey Bee. The private view and auction were on Thursday 18th of September at the Forge & Co Gallery, Shoreditch, London. Over 30 artists and illustrators created unique artworks to be auctioned on the opening night. All the money raised will fund Save the Bees campaign activities. Artists include Jessica Albarn, Sanna Annukka, Luke Best, Jody Barton, Kyle Bean, Rose Blake, Tom Ashton-Booth, Anthony Burrill, Miles Donovan, Stanley Donwood, Adam Frezza & Terri Chiao, Stevie Gee, Robert F Hunter, Hvass & Hannibal, Adrian Johnson, Jean Jullien, Angie Lewin, Katharine McEwen, Chrissie MacDonald, Essy May, Clare Melinsky, Rop Van Mierlo, Edward Carvalho Monaghan, Al Murphy, Pâté, Jitesh Patel, Katie Scott, Matt Sewell, Amy Shelton, Charlie Whinney, Kristjana S Williams & Spencer Wilson. The exhibition Connecting bee lovers and keepers, artists, designers, environmentalists, and the wider public, to raise awareness on the issues faced by the Honey Bee.