To create her “bee brief,” Pliszka applied extensive research on honeybee biology and apiculture (a fancy word for beekeeping) to accommodate the insects’ lifestyle needs. The materials she used had to be natural and biodegradable, for instance, but also water-resistant, breathable, and insulating. Equally important, the fabric forms had to be visually attractive to the bees, which explains their understated beauty.
The fabrics she used had to provide water-resistance, insulation, and ventilation while being visually attractive to the bees.
But her project had a practical component, as well. Pliszka tested her hives on actual colonies from the Twickenham Beekeeping Association, documenting her experience on film. “Overall the design aims to work with the natural cycle of the bees allowing for all of their idiosyncrasies,” she says, describing the bees hanging from each other “like paperclips.”
Plizka plans to forge a new type of relationship between urban-dwellers and bees. “[I want] to create an innovative design that demonstrates an appreciation of what bees do for us, and our intrinsic connection to them,” she says.