It’s that time of the year! The LBY Studio’s window display has been changed and this one is bee-utiful!
The entire display was crocheted by Gina Gallina using Vanna’s Choice® yarn. She selected this yarn for it’s wide range of colors. We asked her what her inspiration to create this particular display was and she was eager to share her process with us.
It’s A Go
Q. When did you decide what the focus of the display would be?
A. It all began when I got the green light to crochet for the window. I had two months to create. I had an idea in my head of the window with giant roses and bees flying above. I wanted to animate the window.
Q. Why Bees?
A. Crocheting bees has been an on going thing with me. I had a fear of them and one flew up my robe in 2013. Immediately after I decided to crochet a bee pantsuit as a way to face my fear. Then years later the Bee costume brought attention to Vogue a knitting Live. I was invited in 2016 to create an art piece. The bee theme was requested so I crocheted a Queen Bee in a giant garden of flowers and bees. So this time for the window it seemed fitting to continue with bees and their importance to our environment. I live in the country and see a lot of bees. In my mind I wanted to share with folks in the city. I also wanted to send a message as to ” bee rosy, ” enjoy life. As well as paying tribute to our bees. A reminder to not forget them and our dire situation of them becoming extinct! Crochet is a wonderful outlet to create emotions and moments.
Q. How did you work out the designs? Figuring out how to crochet the actual pieces?
A. I didn’t have a plan of how I was going to create the Roses. I have made little ones before so I just dug in and began to crochet what I hoped would turn out a giant rose petals. I crocheted 6 of them and that took 1 month.
For the bees, I found an image of a bee and copied it as best as I could to look real. Their furry necks resembled a pom pom so that is what I used. I wanted the wings to look in motion, so I hardened wings with sugar water . It’s the most effective for hardening acrylic yarn. I have done many tests with other methods, glue etc and sugar water has worked out the best. Knowing they would need the most time to cure (get all the moisture out after sugar dipped ) I created them first and they took 2 months to air and to be ready for different climates.
The flower vase is inspired by one of favorite vintage vases. My friend Chris Bradley is a carpenter/ artist. He often builds forms for me so I can yarn bomb. He built this vase with wood scraps and bondo. It was done in a week. I decided to use the basket weave stitch and some cable stitches to add texture. Then crocheted flowers on.
Q. You wanted to convey movement and animation, how did you do this with the crocheted pieces?
A. I shaped each bee in different movements. Using cans from the pantry to hold up at different angles. It was a lot of fun. Then I reinforced with bamboo skewers to attach to the bees body .
Q. What was the most challenging part of this creation?
A. The hardest part was not having the window space at my house. I really had no idea what it was going to look like completed until I got to the studio to install it. As nerve wracking as that can be, it was also valuable for me to let the art happen from within and embrace the unknowns and not to be controlled by perfection or rules.
Follow Gina on Instagram: @ginarosegallina