Posts Tagged ‘Artists’

It is a Strange and Beautiful World

Rosslyn Chapel -- Photo by Jeremy Atherton, 2002

“It is a strange and beautiful world.” — Roberto, the Italian tourist in Jim Jarmusch’s quirky 1986 movie, Down by Law

Rosslyn Chapel is a medieval church in Scotland originally made famous because of the beauty of its architecture and storied history.  It began experiencing a bit of a renaissance as a tourist attraction recently though when Dan Brown included it as one of the stops in solving the mystery of the Holy Grail and the Knights Templar in The Da Vinci Code.

Perhaps it’s the unprecedented number of visitors that now stream to the chapel that enabled conservators to begin some important and necessary conservation work.  So, it was only recently that a stunning and remarkable discovery was made.  Hidden in a part of the roof system called the “pinnacles,” which had been dismantled by the stone masons for the first time in hundreds of years while restoring the chapel, there were cavities ideally suited to, and in fact created for (wait for it) … beehives. Read the rest of this entry →


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08 2010

"The Honey Bee and the Hive," CAA London

Things we love: “The Honey Bee and the Hive” exhibit in London’s Contemporary Applied Arts (open through May 1). Spoonfed.co.uk says, “This extraordinary exhibition at Contemporary Applied Arts collates the works of 28 artists who have specially created decorative objects inspired by the honey bee and the hive. The beautiful collection captures the beauty of the threatened species in silver, glass, textile, wood and ceramics.”


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04 2010

The Frozen Honeybee Collection on Etsy

Beetiger, an artist on Etsy, has amazing new honeybee jewelry worth a look. Here is the artist’s statement:

“The honeybee is one of nature’s most beautiful creatures, and her relationship to both the sustenance of the plant world and to the human food supply, both as pollinator and honey producer, is unsurpassed.

In the wintertime, bees cluster together in their hive to keep themselves and their queen warm until the spring thaw and nectar flow. But sometimes a few bees venture outside of the cluster and to the top of the hive in the coldest days here in New York . When I visit the hive in my yard, sometimes I find them frozen there, wings spread, stopped in the moment.

I honor the spirit of the bee and the hive by casting these tiny insects in resin, and setting them in the context of beautiful jewelry. Every detail of the bodies and the wings are very visible, making each item a scientific curiosity and conversation piece as well as a one-of-a-kind adornment.”


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02 2010

Beekeeping Art by John Stark

Have you seen John Stark’s impressive art?  Here you see a few select items.  Visit his gallery at http://www.johnstarkgallery.co.uk/

The Drone by John Stark

Empire by John Stark


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01 2010