All images copyright © Caroline Coode 2020
This was displayed in 'Seeking Routes' exhibition
in July to September 2019 at Swarthmoor Hall, Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 0JQ
The exhibition was inspired by the Quaker Britain Yearly Meeting 'Canterbury Commitment' of 2011 which recognised the triple concerns of environmental crisis, global economic injustice and inequality.
Quaker Artists were invited to submit pieces which expressed their reponses to those concerns.
The exhibition was supported by Quaker Arts Network.
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Bumblebees and Beans
Delighted to see all 12 of my Months and Counties together for the first time. For my 80th Birthday!
The Biscuit Factory
Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1AN
Wood engravings at The Biscuit Factory. Ceramics not mine!
I made this in response to the many petitions addressing the urgent need to protect all bees by banning the widescale use of harmful pesticides.
I am passionate about growing organic fruit and vegetables on my allotment - as well as other bee attractiing plants - because I know how essential they are for pollintion.
Bumblebees are particularly necessary for all beans.
Hive bees do not have long enough tongues.
I grow a lot of beans for eating fresh or to dry for winter casseroles and home-made baked beans.
So bumblebees are very important - and not only for me.
Many people in the world rely on beans as an essential part of their diets supplying necessary protein.
Real leaves were inked up and printed onto stiff paper. Flowers and bean 'pods' were also made from printed paper.
The basket is made from folded strips of the Organic Garden magazine held together with my handspun wool. In the bottom of it there are three leaf 'containers' with small dyed muslin bags of three kinds of bean seed accompanied by cultivation guides and recipes.