Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A month of bees

Its been a very busy April, hence my first post for the month is a bit tardy......

My art this month has been all about bees, specifically native stingless bees.

As you know from previous posts, I've been playing around with non-codex type book structures and paper installations (see my Tambo exhibition posts here and  here).  Last week I created a prototype of a hive-like book structure for a bee themed teacher's PD workshop I've been engaged to run.

Using my gelatine plate to create bee theme prints
Monoprints and Relief prints on hexagonal 'pages' for the book
The completed Prototype book, it folds up
 randomly into one hexagonal

I've also been reworking a print I created last year, a monotype with a bee etching over the top.  The print was an unresolved ghost print.  I felt it needed a bit of definition and drama, so I've drawn over the ghost image of the weed with a sepia pen to bring out its detail and fine beauty.  I'm really happy with the result.

Detail of the bee etching from the print "Pollination"

Detail of the weed heads, the colour and shadowing
is the monoprint, the sharper detail is done using a sepia coloured pen.

The Print "Pollination"