Caro Higgs – Entrance – Entrance of the Monarch
I wanted to keep within the woodland so I found a photograph on the web (thank you Warren Photographic!) which I used for the basis of this work. The background is snow dyed cotton which was machine quillted before I added the subject. I wanted to add a 3D element so played around with tyvek and bulky cotton piping cord which I had dyed. The objective was to try and make the stick rough and as realistic as possible so some areas were heated and others had added threads. The butterfly itself had to be shiny to give the impression that it had just emerged so I have used silk and sateen lining with a minimum of stitching to avoid breaking the clean lines. A little neocolour to add the sheen to the abdomen to set it off. The chrysalis is simply cling film wrapped around plastic and painted with a mix of moiré paint and acrylic medium. The aim was to create something recognisable as simply as possible. Entrance was not a subject that I found easy and although I was tempted towards grand constructed entrances I was determined to stay with my umbrella subject. Once I had the idea in my head it came together really easily, I love the idea of the entrance in to the world of new and fresh life.
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