Butterflies are something we naturally associate with summer and sunshine, but here Daniel wanted to explore the possibility of removing all colour. In this piece, the butterflies are printed in black and grey-scale onto metallic card. Each butterfly is hand cut before black wire antennae are attached, and they are pinned onto the black background. The overall effect is one of a mass of butterflies attempting to escape the confines of their frame.

Using a muted print style and reflective card the butterflies appear to be made from metal. The metallic card reflects light back out of the box, and creates a moonlit, slightly eerie atmosphere, as we see butterflies outside of their usual habitat. This piece makes a stunning centrepiece, and provides an unusual take on the theme.

Materials & Finishes

Custom made. The example illustrated measured 95 x 75 cms and was set in a matt black painted and glazed frame.

    Every butterfly created by hand and pinned to the backboard.

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