Sheryl Meech – Architecture -The Beehive

An Iconic Building, part of New Zealand’s Parliament Buildings situated in Wellington  New Zealand.  The Capital city an hours drive from my home.  Designed in the 1960 by British Architect Sir Basil Spence an opened by Queen Elizabeth 11 in 1977.

I hand dyed the sky fabric and all the grey fabrics used on the Beehive. Commercial fabrics for the grass in the foreground. Silhouette paints were used on the stencil which was cut out from Freezer Paper.  The flag was coloured using Fabrico coloured pens.   French knots stitched on the Pohutukawa tree to the side of the building.

  1. carolinehiggs

    Nice; I love the detail on the trees.

  2. joanbrailsford

    Your hand-dyed fabrics look to be exactly the right colours (though I’ve never seen the building) and this is something which I never seem to be able to achieve. A very well worked piece and I’m impressed by the accuracy of the piece.

  3. What an unusual building! We had Expo ’67 in Montreal in 1967 to celebrate Canada’s centennial…lots of mid-sixties architecture there, and your depiction of another iconic building created in that era takes me back to that time and place.

  4. What beautiful work, it could not have been easy to sew the window details. Bravo

  5. I’m impressed by your very acurate work ! beautiful

  6. A very striking image. I love the contrast with the building behind it.

  7. English quilter

    Your hand dyes are the perfect shade for this building. It would be interesting to see it in person. I love the details like the bright blue NZ flag on top. it must have been challenging to put in the detail on such a small scale replica of the NZ flag.


    A very unusual building, eye catching and difficult to carry out in textile, but you did a great job and succeeded in translating it. Nice colours, contrasts and a lot of stitching and tiny details.

  9. I love the contrast with the dark building in the back. The building itself is very accurate. Well done!

  10. What a detailed view of an unusual building.

  11. Beautiful how you did the combination of stenciling and stitching the details. Well done!

  12. Sheryl you have portrayed this iconic building in perfect detail. The stencilling and stitching are just so fine and accurate. A great piece.

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