These are some insect screen prints I did as part of the textile foundation course at Morley College. I decided to frame them as a present for some friends who were getting married.
They are details of a large print I did in different colours, which was covered with lots and lots of drawn insects. I just took a page of my sketchbook and filled it with moths, beetles, ants, butterflies and creepy crawlies of all kinds.
If you’d like to do a screen-printing class, I highly recommend the ones at Morley College. The whole art and design department there is brilliant, and much cheaper than all the big London art colleges. I’d love to go back and do the advanced textile class there.
I was happy with my final show pieces though, I’ll post them here soon. The colours were all based on an amazing variety of moth with body and wings shaded midnight blue, creamy beige, and an electric, safety-vest orange. Moths have the craziest colour schemes you’ve ever seen, they were wearing fluoro long before the 80s.
I hope these aren’t terrible presents. I think they probably mean more to me than to the people I gave them to, who will probably find them during a clear-out in 15 years time and wonder what the hell to do with them.
Do people really appreciate getting hand-made presents? Sometimes I think it can be more selfish than kind to foist the fruits of your crafty labour onto friends and family. I feel like sometimes it’s an attempt to make the present-giving more about the giver, and less about the receiver. Unless it’s something they’ve asked you to make.
What do you think?