Since it’s so gloomy outside (god bless English summers) I thought I’d bring a bit of summery joy to the blog and look at the incredibly delicate work of Anne Ten Donkelaar.
As an artist she collects items from nature and displays them in unusual ways in order to show each one to its best advantage and create a new story about them.
Here she has taken her collection of damaged butterflies and set out to repair them so that they might live and fly again. Reborn with new wings, limbs and bodies.
I also couldn’t resist including some butterfly facts to amaze and astound you. Enjoy!
Butterfly Fact: Butterflies feed primarily on nectar from flowers but some also derive nutrients from decaying flesh.
Butterfly Fact: Many cultures believe that a butterfly is the personification of a person’s soul (whether alive, dying or deceased). In Japanese superstition it is said that if a butterfly enters your guestroom and perches behind the bamboo screen, the person whom you love the most is coming to see you.
Butterfly Fact: Large numbers of butterflies appearing at once are considered bad luck and sign that evil may be coming. Also, in the Philippines, a lingering black butterfly in the house is taken to mean that someone in the family has died or will die soon.
Butterfly Fact: Butterflies have been and continue to be inspiration for developments in our modern lives. From aircraft design and light-emitting diodes to non-toxic paint and air quality, the humble butterfly is constantly aiding important research.
You can visit her website here.
All artwork ©Anne Ten Donkelaar
PS.Here is a butterfly wing maginfied from X50 to X5000. Quite magical.