'Order 9. Orthoptera' | 2019
Order9. Orthoptera | Recycled Paper, Wire and Thread | 24cm x 26cm x 5cm | 2019.
A life size study of an Amazonian Grasshopper (Titanacris Albipes), a very large member of the Romalidae family that lives in South America.
Each insect starts life as a tight roll of paper which is hand carve like a piece of wood to create their 3D bodies. Their shells are cut from paper and attached to the bodies before wire legs wrapped with thread are attached. Some insects are painted using water colours to create a particular pattern and others make use of the colours and textures I find already printed in the books and magazine I've collected. The Grasshoppers wings have been made from wire and tissue paper and an old map for the wing cases.
The frames are handmade for each display from solid wood and glass. This particular frame has been made from Ash wood and lightly oiled. It has a wire on the back so it will hang from a wall or can stand on a shelf or mantel piece.
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