Yay!! One of our favorite days – Earth Day – will be here soon (April 22), which means it’s also time for Downtown York’s Go Green in the City event! And The Bee will “bee’ there!
The event is THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 20, on N. Beaver Street between Market and Philadelphia streets, running from 10am to 3pm.
Look for our colourful Bee-made banners (which will be available for purchase, btw) strung in the tent, and show your support of creative reuse and traditional home arts with your purchase of a white rose pin or pop-top bracelet, recycled map business card holder, kid’s tee tote, and other cool stuff.
AND . . . if you have any large men’s button-up shirts you’d like to clear out of the closet, please bring them along to place in our collection bin. Bees have been “sew” buzzy deconstructing shirts to craft some delightful little girls’ dresses and you get the first look* at what we have up our sleeve (if you’ll pardon the pun) on Saturday.
This year our booth will be on Beaver Street right in front of our merchant partners, Arthur & Daughters and Sweet Melissa’s Dream. These two shop owners (Hilary Arthur and Melissa Grove, respectively) are amazing women who have offered loving and bountiful support to our efforts and I encourage you to visit their shops frequently not only to purchase from their great selection of goods, but also to thank them for nurturing local artists and enterprises to flourish alongside their own local business interests.
See you Saturday! (mention that you read this post and receive a FREE HUG and a $5-off coupon for an upcoming class!)
*Our Sunny Day Collection - fresh, sweet, girls’ dresses in three styles and six sizes – premiers exclusively at Arthur & Daughters early next month.
Posted in Festivals and Shows, Spring 2013
Tagged Arthur & Daughters, buy local, creative reuse, Downtown York, Earth Day, Go green in the city, refashion, sunny day, Sweet Melissa's Dream, York PA
It’s always fun to put repurposed product into the hands of people who appreciate not only the item, but the idea and creativity behind it as well.
Transforming materials that would typically be heading into a wastebasket (and on to the landfill) into cool, practical goods for home and personal use is sometimes challenging, but in a very good way. The process is stimulating and rewarding.
Here are examples of some of the ways we put a repurposed spin on things.
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.
Hope Miller Levan. BFA (Honors) Philadelphia College of Art. 1986 – 2008 partner LeVan Design, a small industrial and graphic design firm. Product design, catalogs, packages and art direction. 2008 – present fine artist. Nurtured by family and the pets that sustain us.
Amanda Meyers and Jody Chesla of Downtown, Inc. modeled the first delivery of bags.
Fifty two. That is the number of totes made by the collective to be sold at participating merchants the rest of this month to promote York City Boutique Week (first week in September). It is thrilling for us to be part of the effort.
We’re happy, too, for the opportunity to find creative solutions to the challenges of making the bags with our typical repurposing flair. An “aha moment” in the middle of the night led to utilizing painter’s drop cloths for the body of the bag, and a teriffic lead from a friend (thanks, ADF) took us to York Tent and Awning for the colourful heavy duty scraps for the bottoms of the bags. (Thank you John and Rick!)
Cathy at Atlas Rubber Stamp and Printing helped us with a stamp of the Boutique Week logo (designed by Holly Chambliss of Frog and Bee, no relation) which was pressed 52+ times onto a vintage table cloth for the cool raw-edge logo patches attached to each bag. We topped them off with one of our very own recycled paperboard tags which were tied to each bag (in typical style) with a string from a roof mop we scored at Re-Source York.
Big thanks to Susquehanna Photographic for the great promo pix (see below) they shot of the bags.
Gals and guys, your favorite creative repurposing collective has been commissioned for a project to help promote our very own little City and we’re honored and excited to be part of the efforts.
Of course, this means it’s all hands on deck for the next couple weeks to reach our goal. At last evening’s gathering we welcomed new and steadfast friends and after a quick briefing set up shop for calculating, measuring, cutting and counting. Next week: sewing commences. Yippee!
Over the next few weeks, you’ll get a first-hand (sneak peek) look as our project unfolds so stay tuned. Want to join us? Please contact us.
We’re excited to be participating as a vendor in this year’s Go Green in the City event in downtown York.
Set up on Beaver Street between Market and Philadelphia, the event runs from 10am to 3pm on Saturday, April 21. It’s a family-friendly, eco-focused festival coinciding with Earth Day with arts and crafts, street vendors, live music and entertainment and food all celebrating buying local and living green.
Stop in to say hi at our booth (look for The Bee banner) and check out some of the projects hive members have been working on lately. We’ll have items for purchase — 100% of every sale at this event is being donated to local charity — and will also be offering how-to’s on quilting, crochet, and other ways to make the most of “making do,” aka the beauty of upcycling.
Look forward to seeing you there!
“This is the BEST day. What are we going to do next Tuesday?” Ahh, yes!
Tonight The Bee welcomed families to the hive for a basics class and WOW did we ever have FUN!!! Moms and dads and kids, fabric and needle and thread, scissors and stuffing and giggles and . . . . . . MONSTERS!
Kids gathered around the goodies table to choose shapes and fabric while parents threaded needles. Together, they decided about eyes and mouth, hair or no hair, then began cutting, pinning and stitching.
Hive members buzzed around the tables to offer helpful hints and it wasn’t long before blouses and sweat pant shorts, felt and fake fur morphed into creatures of unique and glorious monsterousness.
Monsters heading home to watch over their people.
All right. We did it. Made a quilt and donated it to be auctioned for charity*. Yay! Our first big collaborative project — successful!
Now . . . . let’s get buzzing again.
Our current group of participants is leading the charge and has chosen several specific items to be making during the next two months. All sessions are open to the public and people of all skill levels are warmly invited to participate. (yep, that means YOU!)
From EASY BABY BLANKETS to ARTFUL TABLE RUNNERS, SEW AND GO TEE SHIRT TOTES, more intricate TEA BAG WALLETS and crocheted SCRAPPY BAGS, we’ll be working on a variety of projects each month. Check out the tabs at the top of the page for info then buzz on in some Tuesday evening.
We look forward to welcoming you.
*The comforter made by hive members and friends of The Bee brought in $200 for Bell Family Shelter at their Jazz & Jeans fundraising event.
So excited to finally be able to post pix of the jazzy quilt The Bee is donating to Bell Family Shelter for their upcoming Jazz & Jeans fundraising event.
With about a dozen people lending their hands to the project, we stitched and snipped, talked and laughed (and even sang), and knotted and knotted to bring forth a colourful queen-sized comforter based on an original design, using primarily donated, repurposed fabric.
Come out to the event (get tickets HERE) if you can and place a bid to show a little comfort to homeless families getting the support and emergency services they need to get back on their feet.
It was nice to see experienced quilters and sewists sitting side by side with crafters, crocheters, and folks who’d barely held needle and thread in hand come together for the project.
Thanks to Ann, Janel, Averie, Pat, Chrissy, Pat, Marie, Audrey, Kossi, Paula, and Kevin for sharing your time