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the dancing bee: a collaborative print

November 7, 2013

For the October installment of our studio subscription, Cathy Savage and I teamed up to make a print about something we’ve both been obsessing about: honey. Cathy has long been fascinating by the intricate dance bees do to tell one another about their food sources (complete with factoring in the angle of the sun and seasonal shifts!) and I recently received some avocado blossom honey that is so heavenly, I can’t stop eating it.

I started out making a honeycomb woodcut, using a combination of laser-cutting and hand carving. (Asel is Arabic for honey.)

asel_drying

tucked into the drying rack, waiting for the bees! 

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Then Cathy printed the bee dance over the woodcut.bees_with_carolyn

And carved two bee stamps.

testing_the_bees

proofing the bees

Then we finished up by printing the bees on top:bees

I haven’t done a collaboration in years and this was so fun! Definitely think there will have to be more down the road.

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