© 2010 - 2011 WENDY J ALLEN
(N.B. This piece contains real petals and butterfly wings from insects found dead on windowsills).
One summer, as I was sitting in the garden, reading and enjoying the sunshine, I became aware that I was surrounded by butterflies! There were several different kinds, attracted by the Buddleia bush I was sitting by. It was a magical experience that I captured in a poem.
Some years later, turning out my studio, I found several dead butterflies who had hibernated on the windowsill.
Too beautiful to throw away, I began to think about a butterfly book.
'Lepidoptera' combines a pomander box given me by my son, a monoprint from my box of 'discards', dried flower petals and butterfly remains.