The Beeswax
Welcome to this website companion to the Bees issue of Wayward Arts conceived and designed by Hambly & Woolley Inc. Read our book, find great links and watch compelling video. Our site provides even more honey for thought on the extraordinary nature and culture of the humble bee.
The bee became the personal emblem of Napoleon after he crowned himself emperor in 1804.
After 30 million years, the survival of the honeybee is today under threat. Colonies worldwide have been collapsing for reasons that remain uncertain. The implications for agriculture are ominous. In some parts of China, farmers have resorted to pollinating plants by hand.
Matthew Brandt's artwork
Matthew Brandt
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Since microbes cannot feed on honey, honey never spoils or rots.
When Alexander the Great died after a bout of heavy drinking, his body was transported from Babylon to Greece preserved in honey.
The Book

Vanishing of the Bees Trailer

Made by Hand / The Beekeeper

HK Honey

Annual Clovermead Bee Beard Competition

Urban Beekeeping in Los Angeles

Gibbs Honey 2012 Harvest

Honeybees are communal creatures. They live in colonies of 20,000-60,000 bees, observe complex social hierarchies and divide labour between the queen, drones, nurses, workers and guards.

Community is evident in all of the pages of our book. Without the selfless collaboration of our editor, our talented design staff, friends, colleagues and even family, this work could not have been realized.

Concept & Design
Hambly & Woolley Inc.

Editor & Writer
Michael Erkelenz / Fine Line Writers

Text Credits
The Georgics of Virgil. Translated by David Ferry. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005

"The Curative Bee," James Chatto

"Queen, Aganetha Dyck," Emma Hambly

All additional text was written by Michael Erkelenz

Copyright for all trademarks and/or images remains with their respective rightsholder.

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Art & Picture Credits
The Life and Lore of Bees, Veronica Lawlor

Peony Detail, Richard Wilson

Pollen in Honeycomb, Alex Mueller

K-abeilles Hotel for Bees, AtelierD
Photo, Stephane Spach

Honey Tins & Honey Typogaphy, Brian Sano

Portrait of Russell Gibbs, Paul Orenstein

Bees of Bees, Matthew Brandt

Cameroonian Honey Hunter, Eric Tourneret

Napoléon Ier en costume du Sacre (1805),
François Gérard (1770-1837)

Yellow Collage Fig. 1, Anthony Gerace

Queen, Aganetha Dyck

We would like to thank Russell Gibbs and Eric Tourneret for agreeing to be interviewed.

Aganetha Dyck's artwork
Aganetha Dyck
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Photo of Russell Gibbs
Russell Gibbs
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Honey's resistance to decomposition has made it a substance of religious significance. In ancient Greece, the priestesses of the Eleusinian Mysteries were called bees (melissa) and their temple was known as the “beehive.”