The Honey Bee collection was born out of a collaboration project in 2012, for the Princesshay City Bee Project in Exeter, Devon.
I so enjoyed creating this collection, not just because I love honey, Bee’s and nature, but because we were promoting a very exciting and new way of living and incorporating nature into our ever growing manmade environment.
I’m sure if you care about nature and environment, you would understand why I was so excited too.
6 artists and crafts people where chosen from the Devon Guild Of Craftsman (I was so flattered to be asked to be one of the six!) and to come up with a body of work to celebrate and promote the Urban Bee project.
So along with 5 other extremely talented artists from parts of Devon, creating printmaking, photography, ceramics, textiles, I provided the jewellery for an exhibition held in exeter, which was a honour and exciting adventure.
After several failed attempts at hand crafting the Honey Bee, I was really pleased with textures and proportions of the Bee’s, and now the Bee’s have become a firm favourite within our other ranges.
I also created tiny Honey Bee’s which have been made into little stud earrings and charms for bracelets along with the bigger Honey Bee’s on necklaces.
And of cause, I used recycled silver to create these pieces of handmade jewellery as it’s extremely important for my beliefs that all of my work is ethical and has a positive impact.
You can see the whole range in our online shop or in our Ashburton boutique.
And now in its third year the roof top garden continues to grow and thrive with the project housing 4 hives with approximately 60,000 bees working in them daily. Honey harvested from the project is then sold in Chandos Deli located in Roman Walk with proceeds being donated to Princesshay’s Charity of the Year which, this year is Age UK Exeter.