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Master Illustrator Debra Jane Carey



Economic Plant and Pollinator Project
The objective of the Economic Plant and Pollinator series is to show the importance of plants and their pollinators in numerous ways. I use the term economic to encompass food, spice/herb, and fodder including plant resins, timber or medicinal.
Development of this traveling show started in 2005. The project is to create artwork, storyboards and narratives for 36 economic important plants and pollinators. To date 312 plant-pollinator possibilities identified; 44 plants were researched into files; 7 sources are incorporated into the plant selection; many art works are drawn.

Research papers are invaluable to this project.  Individuals from organizations have extended support of research and plant selection. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, US Fish & Wildlife Service and the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign.

My thought process in selection:
  • Encompass both longitude and latitude around the world
  • Plant origin reflecting distribution
  • Available research, natural pollination and seed dispersal
  • Diversity in pollination i.e. Bee, Bat, Butterfly, Moth, Beetle, Bird, Fly, Water or Wind
  • Diversity in plant families including systematics
  • Human history including use, cultivation or breeding
  • Co-evolution connection

Questions I ask while formulating the narrative

  • What plant takes full circle, Environment, Plant, Pollinator, Seed disperser, Man
  • Is the pollinator a generalist, specialist or a naturally evolved shift from environmental pressures
  • If field observation arrives at different pollinators are they from the same tribe or is the flower morphology better suited to one pollinator
  • Does man rely on native pollinators to produce mass quantities, overpopulate the crop or hand pollinate

To find simplistic appeal for the public economic value and distribution by man have cultural interest. 

  • Economically speaking prehistoric civilizations began cultivating plants. Many cultivation practices of old are still in use today. Many plant parts or produced items were a form of currency. The end result, plant and pollinator have strength in the current economy.
  • Distribution is as well important to tie native people’s cultivation practices to modern day practices. Continental drift theory and exploration play a role in distribution.

I am seeking venues to fund the project and show original or reproduction of completed works. Contact to request my funding proposal. Show sites include botanical garden, arboretum, library, museum and sculpture garden. Products that an organization would share in the proceeds include reprints, books, cards or 3d objects. On my wish list is a self-guided audio tour. If you would like to be a part of this project with funding, as a show location or expert contact me. Debra Carey


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