Bee Hive / Skep
Medium:Letterpress Printed Poster
Printed poster of a beehive with an arch of flowers around it. Below this is a large bee above more orange flowers.
A "skep" is a man-made beehive created from wicker or straw. For centuries, beekeepers have used skeps to house their hives, giving their bees a clean, dry place to make a home. Northern European beekeepers migrated from logs to straw skeps somewhere between 800 and 1200 AD. Bridal couples in medieval Holland were given a skep to parade around the village as a symbol of starting a new home, and a swarm of bees as a wedding gift. Today, beekeepers are required to be able to easily open their hives for inspection and mite prevention, so skeps can no longer be legally used to house bees.