The Bee Story Dress Project
'Bees work for the good of the whole'
In the above images, a whimsical depiction of a bee dress, with the digital process merging all of the creative components together. The dress itself was created from a bee painting, and though the bees are too small to see on these card images, the bee is brought into the imagery through additional editing. The pollinators, hummingbird and butterflies, were taken from other paintings. The back round is an edit from the "Day of the Dead Bee"
The "Bee Story Dress" project is a multi-media project merging visual art, storytelling, and fashion, to create a line of dresses that tell stories about the divinity of the bee. Teh idea of the project was cultivated by the idea of creating awareness around the bee and Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). While researching and learning about the bees, they themselves became an absolute inspiration in potent lesson teaching about the living of a good whole life .... a beautifully spirited life.
The dress begins with a short story describing some interesting and always amazing, perhaps magical, quality about the bees. Artwork is created to illustrate the story. a number of different mediums are being used in the project, paint, graphite, pen and ink, color pencils, and oil pastels. the artwork is digitally edited, with many possibilities from one design. The various perspectives are being used in the design of the dress, such as bodice, sleeves, skirting, and collar.
digital mirror edit from painting
backround / created from Day of the Dead / below
zoomin / bees on the flowers
"Day of the Dead Bee" / Black and white illustration / digitally edited for the backround, above middle
Fabric created from a painting, sewn into the dress / flowers and butterflies from the painting "Bee Sisters"
"Walk in the bees' shoes for a day ... on the wild side"