Inspired by a Bee Cuff by Rose Rushbrooke. Glass seed beads, polymer clay cabochon, czech glass beads, and crystals. Bead embroidery on a copper cuff. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Inspired by a Bee Cuff

Once again the Portland Bead Society came up with a challenge for the annual bead retreat. For year 2020, we worked on the theme “Bead a Corsage”.

I really, really did not want to make a bunch of flowers. Nothing, but nothing was coming to mind until about 2 months before the retreat. Then the idea of starting from the very beginning became the way to go.

Where do flowers come from? From plants which grow flowers, which produce pollen, which turn to seed/fruit, which drop to the ground, get blown on the wind, eaten and shit out. And grow plants, which grow flowers, which … You see the cycle?

But there’s the important part. Pollen. Which is carried on the legs of a bee from one flower to another so the plant can make seed and continue on down the generations.

Ta da! A bee. No flowers without bees, and no corsages without flowers. I decided to create some wearable art with colours inspired by a bee.

Bee showing colours used for Inspired by a Bee cuff by Rose Rushbrooke.
Bee showing colours used

This is the bracelet opened out flat before being stitched onto the brass cuff and ultrasuede backing. The blue represents the sky the bee flies under. The lines are from the delicate bee wings.

Flat view of Inspired by a Bee Cuff by Rose Rushbrooke. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.
Flat view of Inspired by a Bee Cuff

For those of you who like ALL the details, the image below shows the explanatory statement which accompanied my entry:

Inspired by a Bee challenge statement by Rose Rushbrooke. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.
Challenge statement