Art of the Lepidoptera
Moths and fabric are often two words that not many people like to see together, but artist Yumi Okita actually makes moths (and butterflies!) out of various pieces of cotton fabric, embroidered and painted on for detail, with fake fur accents. The fabric sculptures average about six inches in height and nine inches in width for butterflies, and four inches in height and ten inches in width for moths, creating slightly larger copies of the insect’s real life counterparts.
These moths and butterflies (belonging to the order of insects known as Lepidoptera) are great tools for admiring the detail in the insects’ scales on their wings, or designs on their bodies.
There is another artist though, whose practice is to go even more into detail, by creating watercolour paintings of butterfly and moth wings up close; so close, that you can see every detail in the scales. Artist Chelsea H-A even makes custom watercolours, based off of an individual’s favourite colours or favourite species of moth and butterfly, yet still staying true to the aesthetic of these insect’s wings.
A cool idea would be to display a sculpture of Yumi Okita’s with a corresponding watercolour of Chelsea H-A’s, which you can do yourself, as both artists sell their art on their respective Etsy stores!
Check out more of Yumi Okita’s work here.
And have a look at Chelsea H-A’s work here.