Thursday, November 4, 2010

Butterfly Effect

The butterfly effect is a collaborative project being hosted by Trudi Sissions of Two Dresses Studios. I stumbled across it when Seth Apter, Lisa Jurist and Kim Palmer posted butterflies that they'd made on their blogs and decided to jump on in.

I thought a butterfly would be easy...but I was wrong! It should have been easy but I kept over- complicating it. I tried loads of different combinations, layouts and colours and hours later (literally hours!) it suddenly occurred to me- stick to what I know!

So....


I started my design with a nest!
Recycled, red electrical wire, beads, cotton string, cotton doily scrap shaped into a nest...bliss!!
FYI:  Lisa J also makes stunning wire nests! See here for just a few of hers. I have a feeling wire nests could be very addictive!

Red wire practically begs to be shaped into a heart!




My butterfly. Recycled beads, fabric, lace, recycled plastic netting and wire.

I think a nest is a perfect addition to the butterfly, not just because it is very 'me' but because the project is about the holocaust and the great cost children paid. Those children needed and deserved a nest made of love and comfort but what they got was in stark contrast. My nest is symbolic of the one they should have had and symbolic of the inner beauty of each child who suffered in the terrible holocaust.
This butterfly will flitter it's way over to Trudi and eventually find itself in an exhibition of butterflies to remember the children affected by the holocaust. To read more about the project or take part in it visit Trudi's blog.  There's loads of time left to play.

Thank you to everyone who commented on my last post about the birds. Sadly Ang joined Ash in birdie heaven. I don't know why, he/she was chirping away all day and ate eagerly so it was a sad surprise to find him dead in the morning! I trust mother nature knows best...

Coming soon...my 400th post! This is post 396 so I better put my thinking cap on and think of something special to celebrate the big 4-0-0 with!
International Kindness Day- November 13...no kidding, there is a international date dedicated to kindess!
ICE collage #2...currently a work in progress:)


14 comments:

apaperbear said...

Simply stunning...

Lisa said...

stunning and texturally delicious Lisa...truly a special tribute. thanks for the link...i like the way you did that query..pretty nifty!

Lynn said...

Absolutely superb, love all the texture, and I think the nests are perfect :)

La Dolce Vita said...

your butterfly is wonderful! sorry about the baby birds, sadly all that I have rescued went to the same end. but the trying is the point, right? xx's

sharon said...

Your butterfly is really incrdible, and the effort and thought you put into it even more so!

Corrine said...

Fantastic butterfly. That would look amazing sewn to a top or dress.
I don't have much luck raising birds either. I've managed to raise a baby paradise duck and a canada goose but smaller birds are very tricky.

Kim Palmer said...

Your butterfly is truly lovely Lisa, and just so you. Love your gorgeous nestiness! I'm so sorry to hear the little feathered friend has passed away. We also have had the same fates here when trying to rescue them. Wild birds just seem to take a turn for the worst so easily and it is difficult to determine just what went wrong. The daughter doing vet studies says that it is more common to lose them than save them. Hopefully next time will be a better result for them and you. The important thing is that we try. Mucho hugs my friend.

Debrina said...

Wow Lisa - that is such a gorgeous butterfly! Jason and I have just returned from the park where we collected all the dead unhatched chrysallis from the swan plant garden they have there. It was sad but cool too! I love how you have layered and texturised with fabric and nests. Very unique!!

Seth said...

Stunning creation Lisa! And some how the idea of a nest is perfect to be part of this project honoring the children.

Mick said...

There is no doubt ... this one is a beauty!

Deborah said...

Gorgeous butterfly! I love it!

layers said...

even your butterfly inspired works are somewhat nest-like- nice connection.

Trudi Sissons - Two Dresses Studio said...

Beautiful - I love love love the textures Lisa - I know what you mean about thinking it's easy - your macros show how much time and love you spent on this....I am sad about the bird - but bless you for trying...
I'll email you my address as soon as I post send here.
Thanks so much for contributing such a beautiful piece of artwork.

alteredbits said...

lovely butterfly, lady!! i've fallen way, WAY behind lately with a sick kiddo and such -- i know you know how that goes. how is your sweet boy, by the way?

i need to finish my butterfly too -- thank you so much for the inspiration. yours is just gorgeous!