About this project
Over the past decade, the wildly-motivated, all-volunteer Beehive Design Collective has created over a dozen immensely popular, awe-inspiring, collaborative, and meticulously-crafted oversize posters about biotechnology, water privatization, globalization, free trade, monoculture, the war on drugs, resource extraction, climate change... the urgent issues of our times… all with engaging, incredibly intricate and educational, black & white cartoons of plants and animals!
This Winter, we're celebrating our 10th Anniversary by printing our entire body of graphic works... many that have been out of print for years... as well as brand new, never-before-seen images!
Please visit our Webstore at http://www.beehivecollective.org/english/store/posters_MAIN.htm to see our posters, and visit http://www.beehivecollective.org to learn more about the Beehive.
WHY THE 10th ANNIVERSARY PRINT RUN?
We've super been unable to keep up with demand for our posters, and many favorite graphics have been out of print for years! We presently have the opportunity to print a batch run on giant sheets, dramatically reducing the overall price of the printrun. And by increasing our run size, we are also able to special order a more environmentally responsible paper, direct from the mill. This awesome new paper is thicker, with a beautiful matte finish perfect for coloring!
This will be the FIRST TIME EVER that we've been able to offer our complete collection! We're celebrating by sharing THE ENTIRE SET OF POSTERS, complete with their accompanying storybook narratives as well as a special LIMITED RUN COLOR POSTER (exclusively for our Kickstarter backers), for pledges of $100, including shipping! Check it out... there's all sorts of great packages offered for different pledge amounts!
OUR KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN
We've set our goal at a conservative $5,000, but every bit-o-honey helps us cover the total $12,000 cost of the project. This will be our largest, and most diverse print run to date. Many of these posters will be gifted to organizations and communities on the front lines of the environmental and social justice struggles they depict.
Despite our impressive "pollination" efforts that have worked to scatter many tens of thousands of posters internationally, we're actually just a very small, enthusiastic, do-it-ourselves outfit with less than 5% annual grant funding. We pull off our unlikely feats of cooperation and D.I.Y. production ONLY because of the grassroots donations we receive from folks like yourself! Every poster we print functions as a powerful seed, both as a fundraising AND an organizing tool that keeps our unique "organism" afloat, and constantly evolving.
CROSS-POLLINATING THE GRASSROOTS
We make pictures that are refreshingly sincere, truthful, and accessible to everyone (regardless of language, education, or literacy). We choose quirky, hilarious, and often heartbreaking metaphors drawn from the natural world and the landscape of corporate globalization to illustrate "bad news" topics. We also document under-recognized "good news" stories of communities fighting to defend their lands- and their lives- from colonizing forces. We work in deep collaboration with affected communities, and regularly visit hundreds of audiences per year with engaging picture-lectures and storysharing workshops.
Though we tackle heavy, complicated issues, people constantly say that our heartfelt and compelling imagery helps make "bad news" more digestible, and inspires community dialogue, critical reflection, and strategic action... and well, they're also just damn crazy cool-lookin' posters!
Thanks so much for your support, y'all! We're SO delighted to share this work with you!
Learn more about the Bees at www.beehivecollective.org.
Visit our Webstore at http://www.beehivecollective.org/english/store/posters_MAIN.htm to see our posters!
To view the "For the Long Haul" special anniversary patch and poster design: http://www.beehivecollective.org/images/KICKSTARTER/FortheLongHaul.jpg
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