The Bee Kingdom includes an extensive visual archive of photographs, ephemera, drawings and paintings by Abushady and his circle. This fall, I will be teaming up with Hatchfund (formerly USA Projects) to raise funds so I can house this fragile material archivally.
LIMITED EDITION PRINTS
To thank you for your help, I am offering signed, original, limited edition prints (lithographs, editions of 25 / 11x14 inches each) for donations of $250 (or more) made through Hatchfund.
The prints are based on images that are drawn from The Bee Kingdom Archive itself:
Print #1: "Abushady's Complete Specification," technical drawing for Abushady's honeycomb patent (c.1919).
Print #2: Caricature of Abushady (c.1928), by the Alexandrian Persian artist Mohamed Fridon.
The Bee Kingdom Prints have a market value of $900 each, and are only available at this reduced price through Hatchfund.
These editions are limited (25 prints per edition); first come, first served.
The Bee Kingdom Prints will be produced with New York artist and printmaker Shannon Broder. The sale will launch November 11th, 2013.
I: Abushady's Complete Specification (1919)
II: Caricature of Abushady (1928), by Mohamed Fridon
Artist and writer Joy Garnett's work has long revolved around the archive as subject and medium. She will continue to develop The Bee Kingdom Archive as an open access, virtual museum for her post-doctoral work at Winchester School of Art at the University of Southampton (UK), in a program that emphasizes interdisciplinary research across the arts. She is also working on a book about her grandfather, Ahmed Zaky Abushady. In an August 2013 interview, she answered a few questions about Abushady, his work, and her book project:
AZ Abushady: Revolutionary Egyptian Poet, Feminist, Beekeeper, and More, Interview with Joy Garnett, by M. Lynx Qualey, for Arabic Literature (in English) blog, August 26, 2013