Sunday…with Butterflies

April 19, 2015

Filed Under : Art - D.I.Y - Spring - The Shed

Photo 18-04-2015 12 19 19 As part of the Brighton Open Houses in May which take place during the time of Brighton Festival I always create a shed installation with a different theme each year.

This year’s theme is ‘Nesting’ and I have collaborated with West Elm to form part of the piece.

It reflects on creating a cozy, safe space to be, held together with found, functional and precious things ( like birds creating nests… ) as well as collections, and colour which have both played a large part in the installation … as have nests and butterflies…


Partly because of this theme I asked one of my guest artists to be Shyama Ruffell  who hand paints and makes beautiful displays of butterflies, beetles and moths in vintage boxes…Photo 18-04-2015 12 25 48 For part of my own project in the shed, I colour photocopied my vintage cigarette cards and an old poster about local Brighton butterflies which I’d saved from when my son was little… and then cut them out…Photo 18-04-2015 16 27 57 Photo 18-04-2015 14 07 08 Photo 18-04-2015 14 42 28 Photo 18-04-2015 14 41 09 Photo 18-04-2015 16 39 28 I then spiked them through with wire and secured them underneath with a twist of the wire…Photo 18-04-2015 15 12 20 I then secured them to some twigs which are becoming part of the installation…Photo 18-04-2015 16 40 50 Photo 18-04-2015 16 41 13

…and I also played around with them of course!

Photo 18-04-2015 20 11 12If you’d like to come and visit the Shed and Open House during May, have a look here  and/or here for more details and there’s also a Steller Story here