Averie Clark, founder & creative director
I learned a lot of lessons from my grandmothers as I was growing up – key among them how to be resourceful with what you have, the pleasure of crafting beautiful practical items by your own hand, and the joy that comes from helping and giving to others.
By generous and loving example, “Nanny” and “Grandma” (Mary and Leona, respectively) showed me that one can be truly rich without having a lot of money, and instilled in me a sense that wealth often comes from living simply and paying attention to what really matters – being there for the people in your life whether family, friend, or stranger.
With an entrepreneurial spirit, environmental sensibilities, marketing, retail, design, and non-profit experience, my idea to launch The Bee grew out of desire to express my own artistic nature, share some of what I’ve learned in my life, and empower others –especially women – to explore their true potential.
Gina Sullivan, design and development diva
My artistic mind is always (always!) flowing with ideas, and I’m pretty much willing to consider every creative thought that presents itself. Having an outlet to turn those thoughts into concrete projects, developing product lines, or providing instruction for someone else through a class or tutorial, really helps me focus my energy in a positive direction.
With years of sewing and crafting experience, I’m enjoying opportunities with The Bee to explore more artistic freedom, learning to get out of my own way to discover new approaches, and really expand my sense environmentally and socially responsible craft and business.
I look forward to connecting with you all! [an interview with Gina]
in the hive
An expanding and evolving group of local women are already sharing their expertise, enthusiasm, and beautiful spirits in support of The Bee. Together they bring many years of both professional and amateur sewing and crafting experience as well as a mutual belief in repurposing and the power of women to build positive community.
meet the makers
We are officially incorporated as Collective Courage, LLC DBA (doing business as) The Bee