Jewel Beetles | 2021.
Jewel Beetles | Recycled Paper, Wire and Thread | 22cm x22cm x 4cm | 2021.
A small collection of life sized Jewel Beetles - brightly coloured, common insects that can be found across South East Asia.
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 Oak which has been oxidised to create the dark colouring and then 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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