I’m so excited to present our new logo for The Bee (it’s up there at the top of this page), created by my dear friend and gifted artist Hope Miller Levan.
When Hope agreed to share her talent to do this, we made a weekend of it, tucked away in the beautiful crafted-by-their-own-hands mountain home she shares with her husband, Ken (who many of us agree would be the person to be stranded with on a deserted island if you had to choose just one), their son, Racer (who is also a pretty amazing artist), Clancy the cat, and Hugo the wonder dog.
The temperature a full 20 degrees cooler than what I left behind two and a half hours before in York was welcome relief as I drove up the gravel road to “the cabin.” But the true joy of the visit was (as always) the complete pleasure of being in the company of these inspiring, genuine, generous friends. Two relaxing and rejuvenating days together brought lots of discussion, a goodly amount of laughter, and a tug to linger a little longer when the time came to depart.
Over morning cups of coffee (and late afternoon glasses of wine) Hope and I shared ideas. It could be a hand-crafted look but not too homespun, nothing cartoonish or anthromorphised. Ken plucked old books from the library shelves showing beautiful insect sketches when he heard us leaning toward something botanical. Moving through the process felt as comfortable and energizing as sitting on a porch collaborating on a song and eventually, organically, we agreed a nod to the social realism of the 1930’s was apropos and landed on the concept of a stylized wood-cut look.
The logo Hope brought to life in the next weeks as a result of our discussions resonates with the undeniable buzz of a strong yet gentle, creative industriousness and I couldn’t be happier with the end result. Or more grateful for the gift of her presence in my life.