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Bowl of Oranges
In 1991 I visited a monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) wintering ground in the mountains of central Mexico. Seeking to conserve heat and energy, the butterflies layered themselves upon the branches of the trees so many butterflies that they weighed down the branches. As the day warmed slightly, a few would leave the branches and ascend into the forest, seeking the warmth of the sun.
cotton canvas, commercial cottons (printed and batik), polyester thread, tulle
This bowl is constructed with layers of canvas between commercial cotton (back) and pieced commercial batiks (front). I constructed the butterflies separately using tulle and polyester thread