Lion Beetle | 2021.
Lion Beetle | Recycled Paper, Wire and Thread | 18cm x 18cm x 5cm | 2021.
A life size study of a pair of Lion Beetles. These beetles belong to the Longhorn family and are often mistaken for bumble bees due to their size and sound. The can be found across North 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 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 is ready to hang from a hook in the wall.
In order to keep your piece looking its best, hang it away from direct sunlight and avoid areas where there is a lot of moisture such as in a bathroom.
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