This handmade mobile portrays a group of honeybees visiting the blossoms of an apple tree.
From these and other flowers, a worker bee collects nectar and pollen to bring back to the hive. Alone a honeybee will not survive, but as part of a colony it will thrive. A colony of honeybees is made of tens-of-thousands of individuals who provide each other with food, shelter, and warmth through organization, communication and cooperation. By working together a colony will survive the cold and barren months of winter and flourish through the plentiful blooms of spring and summer. Strong colonies will grow, eventually splitting to form new communities. These new colonies count themselves among the nation of pollinators who, while providing for each other, give us the fruits and vegetables we eat daily.
Laser-cut from recycled paper and salvaged agriculture maps, this mobile features six foraging honeybees pollinating four apple blossoms. The pieces are realistically rendered in white while the flipside reveals the colourful maps. Agriculture maps are used to reflect the connection between pollinators and food.
Mobiles are made from outdated maps. These beautiful maps are no longer current and would otherwise be recycled into paper fiber. Cardstock is made from post-consumer waste (white card: 100% PCW; coloured card: 30% PCW, the highest percentage available).
Maps for our mobiles are sourced from local travel companies and other institutions.
Pieces for the mobile are laser cut locally, then hand tied in our Vancouver workshop. We are committed to craftsmanship and quality products.