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I decided that I wanted to create 3d butterflies that I would display in specimen cabinets, the same as those in the museums I have visited.  Along with these will be a label with the name of each butterfly. The idea is if something is presented as evidence is it questioned? How the cabinet contains true stories of found species but what if the stories aren’t true?  I started off designing realistic butterflies that are not quite ‘true’ in design, having unusual wing patterns and extended it further to the materials they are made from included in the design.  I made the bodies out of wire and cotton thread and attached them to the different paper wings.  I have used paper because of how delicate it can be and scoured charity shops and my house for materials. I have used aged lined and square paper, maps, music sheets and book pages. I have also used old post cards and this has led me to add a journey theme to my design.

I plan to use a typewriter to add labels to my butterflies that will emphasis my ‘true?’ stories theme and will display them in cabinets and specimen trays. paper butterfliespaper butterflies

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Simple monoprint line drawings of butterflies and photographs of the resulting lines that appeared on the inked glass.monoprintinked glass imageinked glass image

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I visited the Liverpool World museum to photograph the butterfly collection so I would have a large numberof images to work from. butterfly trayspecimen jars

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