How many people made daisy chains while lying on the grass as a kid? Sure, we all gave it a go at some point and we thought it was pretty artistic, right? It’s a timeless skill that you can teach your kids while you relax outside your luxury camping Glastonbury accommodation. But have you ever considered making art from the animals and insects that walk among us in nature?
Artists and designers have long used insects, reptiles and all sorts of other small animals as their inspiration.
Several artists in America has done just that and in the “Pheromone” series, one of the artist and designers in question, Christopher Marley, of Oregon, impressively marries his passion for crisp design with an interest in insects, sea organisms and birds alike by organising them simply yet craftily on plain backgrounds in shadow boxes.
The displays offer an arresting mix of art and science. The specimens, which died of natural or incidental causes, are recruited from museums, breeders and zoos around across the globe.
Los Angeles designer Paul Marra’s Snake Lantern forges two sinuous creatures into the form of a steel and brass pendant lantern.
New York artist George Venson produces work that sees birds, snakes and octopuses in vibrant, painterly hues, and then proceeds to arrange the images on wallpaper.
He wants the walls to “come alive” through his work, and conjure a sense of movement in each design.
In Osborne & Little’s exotic Komodo wallpaper collection, holographic foil lizards skitter across a black, silver or gold background.
Sculptor Mike Libby once found a dead beetle and got to thinking about how it had moved. He began dissecting and experimenting — at the same time taking apart an old wristwatch, and using those pieces — until he’d come up with the first of an ongoing collection of fantastical steampunk arachnids, bees and other creepy crawlies.
He uses real insect carcasses and bits from watches, vintage typewriters and old sewing machines to fashion carapaces, wings, antennae and pincers for his mechanical menagerie.
Does this inspire you to look at art and nature in a different way? It’s all about perspectives, and that’s what makes us all individual.