About the Bees
The CT-based mother-daughter team of Sally and Becca McBee specializes in greeting and note cards, 8" x 10" matted prints, and screen printed tote bags featuring Sally's hand-drawn, watercolor and ink-based original artwork.
We reproduce all of our cards and matted prints here in our studio with archival, acid-free papers and matting materials using the giclée process, a type of printing employing fade-resistant archival pigment-based inks. Our ecological tote bags are screen printed locally in Stonington, CT by Poor Morgan (poormorgan.com) using non-toxic, machine-washable inks. Even our labels are screen printed by Emulsion Apparel and Printhouse (emulsionprinthouse.com) in nearby Groton.
I have lived in France part of the year for the past sixteen years and use that time to think, create and paint. Hiking is a big part of my life, and I've done extensive hikes in the past two years in the Canadian Rockies, Sedona, and Morocco; my next big trip is trekking the Everest Base Camp trail in Nepal, the fulfillment of a lifetime dream! These experiences always feed into my painting habit, whether I get insight through what I am seeing or through the interesting people I meet on these trips. Two Bees Design is the third business I've started in the past 30 years, and although my background is actually in journalism, I've run a high-end window treatment company, where I designed and sewed window treatments of all sorts, and an event/wedding business in my gardens where I was the gardener. Being creative in one form or another has always been in my blood, and although I didn't start painting until 2006, I think art for me is a natural extension of my previous experiences. Two Bees came about quite by accident when I made each of the women in my bi-monthly painting group a Christmas present by illustrating a saying that I felt applied personally to each of them; I had so much fun doing it that I continued producing additional sayings, which morphed into the idea of a card company. When I see my cards displayed in a shop, I feel that they jump out from the rest, both for my love of bright colors (three rooms in my house are different shades of orange!) and for the uncluttered white backgrounds that make the colors pop. When I start a humorous greeting card, I first identify the lettering I want to use, plot out the line spacing according to the number of words, decide what I want to emphasize most in the wording, and formulate how I will embellish the finished product. What do I love most about this process? I never know what a finished card will look like when I start ... and that keeps the process fun and engaging for me.