A local event called "BeeFest" put on an art show and contest with the theme of "Bee Goddess", and an artist friend of mine strongly encouraged me to submit something. To begin, I hired one of the life drawing models who I knew was looking for extra work. As it turns out - and I'm not making this up - she's a self-employed professional beekeeper! We collaborated and came up with this design of her wearing a "beekini".
This is a fine art rubber stamp designed and made by Steven Vander Meer in Humboldt County, California. The die is deeply etched natural red vulcanized rubber, which is hand trimmed and adhered to red sponge cushion (the good kind, not the self-adhesive kind). The cushion is also trimmed by hand and then mounted to a smoothly sanded and oiled Maple block, with a clear black index printed on the top. The MEER IMAGE name is hot iron branded onto the end-grain of the block, and the SVM personal signature chop is added to the top of the block in red ink (space permitting).
Mount Type:Maple hardwood block indexed in black and finished with linseed oil.
Block Width:2.25 inches
Block Length:4 inches
Block Thickness:3/4 inch
Image Size:Approximately 1/4 inch less than block size