Bee Grocery Totes
Story telling bee designs individually silk screened onto heavy cotton canvas and sewn into sturdy grocery totes. Bees are responsible for 30% of the world's crops and 90% of our wild plants. The reusable cotton grocery tote offers a zero waste goal to go plastic free and environmentally safe.
Made with durable cotton canvas / dual shoulder straps / printed with water soluble  non-toxic inks /  washable / approximately 17 x 17 / 17 x 18 / 5 " gusset bottom
 "On my journey to re-purpose my creative work to give voice to the bees, I also wanted to provide a functionality to it all. See the artwork position itself onto surfaces that could carry the energetic  message of the bee image in ways that are tied into our everyday living, feelings, and bee-ing.

The skill of silk screening has been a very profound and fulfilling art medium to develop. Seeing the black and white bee imagery come out of the other side of a silk screen, damp with fresh ink, a new color put upon a new color, has been extremely rewarding! I began with t-shirts, but can say that the progression of printing the art onto canvas, that is further shaped  into grocery totes, with the bee art there to remind us of her dire necessity on the planet, has been an amazing creative experience!"

Creative Process
Bee art created to illuminate the abundance that bees give to humanity through their hard work, harmony, order, and frugality.

"Each piece of art begins with a concept, an allegorical fantasy that combines some of the many impressive, magical, and inspiring qualities of the bee. As the art work develops, more of the story unfolds into the imagery, through symbols and figurative references cultivated from research about the bee."

Bees work for the good of the whole ... they are matriarchal, essential, and powerful. 

"At the heart of every Cheri Ellis design, there are bees at work. When asked if this is an obsession of hers, she is quick to laugh  but freely admits to being "bee- dazzled" by the life of the bees, from community dynamics, to the vital role they play in sustaining life and food production on the planet. "

"Bee-Dazzled" / HandEye Magazine / 
Feb 18, 2018 / text Leslie Mehren

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OM Infinity Queen Bee
Mushroom Bee
Hummingbird Bee
Hummingbird Bee
Mushroom Bee
OM Infinity queen Bee
OM Infinity Queen Bee
Hummingbird Bee
Day of the Dead Bee
OM Infinity Queen Bee
Hummingbird Bee
Hummingbird Bee
Hummingbird Bee Story

Oh bee of wide winged open heart joy ...

The tiny hummingbird has the largest heart of all animals, 2.5 percent of its body weight. The bird hovers to pollinate and collect nectar, flapping its wings in a figure 8, the sign of infinity. The hummingbird is known symbolically as a guide in opening up to love. Tireless to journey long, resilient, adapting, accomplishing what seems to be impossible, the tiny bird shows the path to finding a love that is true to the heart and soul. Mandala cored, sacred wombed with a cone of ever ripening berries, both bee and hummingbird fly though our lives gracing us with joy and light, pollinating our dreams with abun-'dance' in beauty and nutritious sustenance. (bees dance in a figure 8 to communicate their needs to eachother)
Day of the Dead Bee

Bees are the epitome of the life / death / rebirth cycles of life. Rather than fear death, embracing it causes one to become truly aware. Constantly re-birthing and renewing as our life journey hones our soulful evolution.
Mushroom Bee

We are living in a time when the abundance producing bee is on the decline, due to many detrimental environmental factors. Our sacred bees, our tiny buzzing, gift giving, winged creatures of extraordinary pollinating powers. But the bee is unending in its ability to give voice to the healing opportunities that Gaia provides for her planet, and the bee has revealed to humanity that she is finding the healing for her ailments in the sugar rich fungal roots of the mushroom. The bee was found sucking the earth, pulling from the mulit-connected network of branching  mushroom roots, and in that discovery she led humanity to the solution for not only her own resulting issues from negative environmental impact, but for humanity as well. Mushroom roots mycelium fungus, can help save the Uni-verse : cleaning polluted soil, making insecticides, treating small pox, and even flu viruses.
'Bees work for the good of the whole'
​OM Infinity Bee

OM dusted traveler of rhythm and hive,
OM starry creature, spiral mapping, leap and dive.

She of the yellow ripened pearls to spread,
She with the crowned flora found gracing her head.

She gathers to seed
She carries to give
She scatters to bloom
She causes to live

Her way is winged and glory love bound,
Her way is sudden, and ritual round.

The dance of infinity is what she delights,
with movements of cosmic uroboric insights.

Curvaceous, unending and birthing in threes,
Her births are protected and guided by trees.

She is the feeling of breath and of tone, 
She is the seeing of hue and of bone.

                     ​Basic tote  / $25.00

        Tote with pocket  / $35.00

Grocery tote made into a backpack with large grommets, pull string, and straps.
Mushroom Bee with external pocket and zipper.
OM Infinity Bee with external pocket and zipper.