Apiculture is another word for beekeeping. It derives from the latin word apis meaning bee. Culture originally means to cultivate. It’s basically the same word, but the word apiculture clarifies something about man’s guiding hand in this duality between human and bee.
Homemade crafts and the resilience of diversity
The project Beekeeping sculptures in folk art wants to investigate the homemade crafts potential to create an ecologically differentiated practice, for ecological sustainable development. Pre-industrial frugal methods rooted in resource awareness, small-scale craft making from raw or leftover materials, combined with folk art’s expression of personal playfulness. The playful expression contains a vulnerability and a seriousness. In the conditions of a small scale handmade process to create large scale impressions, with the bonds and respect for the place and the materials and for one’s own time. Somewhere here, the hive maker and the bee meet – in the restrained, as a low-key sideline to life.
You can follow the project, through the hashtag #biskulpturerifolkkonsten The project is financed by The National Swedish Handicraft Council. The process will be shown through an exhibition at Småland’s museum, Sweden from September 2023, until january 2024.