Artist Embroiders Delicate Designs Then Offers Art to Bees To Finish the Work

Mixed Media Art Created by Artist Ava Roth and Bees

Creative collaboration is essential to art. And while this usually occurs between two or more human creators, Ava Roth prefers to work with nature. The Canada-based artist hands off her embroidery designs to bees and allows them to add their own unique touches in the form of golden honeycomb.

This multi-media art illustrates the creative potential of working with nature. Roth begins by hand-stitching geometric patterns onto Japanese rice paper. Then, she adds found items from nature, such as leaves, rocks, and porcupine quills. All of this is installed inside custom-made maple frames that resemble Langstroth hives. With these preparations in place, Roth passes her work onto bees so they can contribute their own creations.

“The collaged portion of this season’s pieces, which are made largely of encaustic and stitch work, are designed to match the intricacy of the comb in a fair exchange of labor,” Roth explains. “I had in mind, ‘a stitch for every cell.' I have also introduced more sophisticated shapes, and multiple shapes, into the comb, and the results have been very exciting.” Some of the recent pieces are divided into organized rows made up of small boxes, some of which are filled with honeycomb and others that feature Roth's embroidery.

Scroll down to see some of her latest work You can purchase Roth's mixed media art through her website and keep up to date with her via Instagram.

Canadian artist Ava Roth collaborates with bees in mixed-media art.

Mixed Media Art Created by Artist Ava Roth and BeesMixed Media Art Created by Artist Ava Roth and Bees

She creates intricate embroidery designs and then hands her work off to the bees.

Mixed Media Art Created by Artist Ava Roth and BeesMixed Media Art Created by Artist Ava Roth and Bees

They add golden honeycombs, which ultimately culminate in a completely unique work of art.

Mixed Media Art Created by Artist Ava Roth and BeesAva Roth: Website | Instagram

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Ava Roth.

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. She wrote and illustrated an instructional art book about how to draw cartoons titled 'Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square' that was published by Walter Foster in 2022.
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