House Home Hive Habitat
Some years back I decided to replace a large swath of lawn with native plants and learn to garden. I hoped to conserve water and create a more attractive outdoor space. Where there were none, I was thrilled with the abundance of new wildlife. The colors of blooming flowers drew bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to my fledgling garden.
Simple individual acts such as choosing native plants and avoiding pesticides support habitat for pollinators.
Not only do bees give us honey, they also pollinate almost half of our food crops worldwide. While honey bees are identified as the most important single species of pollinator in the world, there are alarming reports of diminished and collapsed bee colonies.
This abstract house with windows, rooms and walls of flowers represents the bees' habitat as well as the home shared by all creatures on earth. An hourglass on the door links to Albert Einstein's dire warning..."if the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, man would have only four years to live".
35”h x 35”w
Machine pieced, hand quilted, hand embroidered
Commercial cotton fabric, feed sack fabric, recycled child's clothing, 35mm film strips, sashiko thread, cotton thread, cotton blend batting