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The Last of England

The Last of England

These images were made for a brief entitled 'The last of England', in which we had to examine what England's identity is now. I designed a series of linocuts about urban beekeeping and more broadly modern city life. Bee's are now seriously under threat and this is largely due to the extensive use of pesticides and the destruction of wild flowers and hedgerows throughout our countryside. As a result of this, bee's are now more successful in cities and urban bee-keeping is becoming more and more important to the survival of bees and the production of honey. I thought this was an interesting transition, taking this English rural tradition to our ever growing cities. I also wanted to make reference to the English traditions of picnicking, dog walking and games in our big beautiful parks and open spaces, particularly within our cities. The choice of medium echoes our long tradition of print-makers such as Edward Bawden, Edward Ardizzone, John Minton and Paul Hogarth.

Urban Beekeeping, London
Urban Beekeeping, London
Urban Beekeeping, London