Queen Bee Says No to GMOs

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Queen Bee Says No to GMOs
43.5 in
45 in
0.25 in
Photo Credit
Eric Zhang
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"Queen Bee" is the first image drawn in my Nature's Portrait Series. She was created from a dream of a protectress girl with a bee skep for a hat who sat amongst the flowers which provided the pollen for the honey her bees made. I have always been a storyteller and this series begun early in the 2010's has been a joyful outlet for my need to tell stories and my need to drive home a point. With brightness and whimsy she is meant as a reminder that nature must be protected if it is to last.
Because I dreamed her, I could see her completed as a quilt and creating her was simply a joy. As I was beginning her, a call came up for butterfly quilts for the Texas Quilt Museum and into my brain hatched the beginning of a series; not just one piece. Mariposa had to be drawn immediately after Queen Bee and was actually completed before Queen Bee to make the call to which she was accepted. The two have never been hung together until lately when Mariposa came home. They both reside now in my home facing each other.
Commercial silks, cottons, batiks, organza and hand-dyes; metallic beads; fabric markers.
Layers were fused onto a silk background and silk frame; satin stitching, free motion stitching and straight line stitching were done by machine. The bodice honeycomb was drawn with fabric marker and then over-stitched. Beads were hand sewn.

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