it seems like every year at the end of summer I fall in love with moths. Last year I did a series of moth screen prints (I believe they'll be coming back) on porcelain slabs and made bowls, platters, dessert plates, and several hand-painted moth variations for forms that did not lend themselves to being printed with a rigid screen. Moths have always fascinated me. They are not glamorous like butterflies- universally beloved as pollinators and colorful fluttering bits of joy in the garden. Moths are humble, also pollinators, masters of disguise and pattern, light-seekers. Not so showy, but their beauty is available for those who seek them.
Like clockwork, the moths began showing up in my sketchbook again in early July.
I considered them for my August cup club (more on that later this week) and began playing with transfer paper and hand-carved blocks based on my drawings. A classmate in my gouache class saw some of the moth work I'd done and requested a cup for her paintbrushes, somewhat larger than a regular tumbler, which led to even more moth blocks to play with (it was a veritable moth-block-carving party in my studio that day), which led to the larger bowls in the first photo above.
I'm still excited about the moths- I feel like I can make this a more regularly produced item with the help of the little moth blocks I carved- I don't feel like I'm finished with them.
Coming later this week I'll show you the last installment of my summer cup subscription and open up the fall round. There are some surprises there, too.
Have a wonderful week, friends.