The Beehive Design Collective is wrapping up its national tour! Initially an all-women art collective, this Maine-based group (they work in a renovated grange house!) fuses grassroots political activism with some unbelievablly intricately-rendered and conceived graphic posters meant to inspire awareness and change regarding global politics and dynamics, especially in the Americas.
The Hive is volunteer-run, and operates free of copyright constraints by offering its graphics, narratives and lectures, and PowerPoints at will in order to inspire grassroots and word-of-mouth information distribution.
In addition to touring, they're currently finishing the last in the three-part series on corporate globalization in the Western Hemisphere. The first, on the FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas), is above, the second,Plan Colombia is to the right (both are available to download and print), and the last focuses on Plan Puebla Panama, a World Bank/Interamerican Development Bank-funded project which exploits Mesoamerican natural resources through a variety of development projects meant to facilitate "better" trade routes for global markets.
If you catch one of the lectures you'll be able to see a sneak peek at the five-years-in-the-making triptych the Hive has in store for Plan Puebla, and you can pre-order a copy in order to keep the honey flowing, if you know what I mean.
Detail from Plan Colombia:
Again, check out their tour dates to catch the amazing narrative metaphors behind these images, as well as their free downloads to keep the good word buzzing!