Death’s-head Hawkmoth (Acherontia atropos) – Biro Drawing Moth Series

'Death's-head Hawkmoth', 2012, colour Biro drawing by Jane Lee McCracken

‘Death’s-head Hawkmoth’, 2012, colour Biro drawing by Jane Lee McCracken

‘Death’s-head Hawkmoth’, is the first of a quartet of colour Biro drawings of British Moth species celebrating the beauty of moths.  The drawings were created as integral elements in the pattern design for the ‘British Moth Throw’, made in 2012.

'British Moth Entomology Drawer', 2013 by Jane Lee McCracken, the Mercer Gallery Harrogate.  Dressing table is Artist's Grandmother's, circa 1940

‘British Moth Entomology Drawer’, 2013 by Jane Lee McCracken, the Mercer Gallery Harrogate. Dressing table is Artist’s Grandmother’s, circa 1940

The ‘British Moth Throw’ illustrates the beauty of moths and attempts to dispel their image as dusty, cloth eaters whilst highlighting the rapid and devastating depletion of many British Moth species.

'The British Moth Throw', 2012, detail, hand-cut transfers on calico

‘British Moth Throw’, 2012, detail, hand-cut transfers on calico

'The British Moth Throw', 2012, detail, hand-cut transfers on calico

‘British Moth Throw’, 2012, detail, hand-cut transfers on calico

Made from printed transfers, hand-cut and applied to calico the throw is displayed on the Artist’s Grandmother’s Jacobean bed, circa 1940.

'British Moth Throw' displayed in 2013 at the Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate - Artist's Grandmother's bed circa 1940

‘British Moth Throw’ displayed in 2013 at the Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate – Artist’s Grandmother’s bed circa 1940

Prints of the British Moths series are available from my website shop and are sold in aid of UK charity ‘Butterfly Conservation’

'Small Elephant Hawk-moth', 2012, colour Biro drawing by Jane Lee McCracken

‘Small Elephant Hawk-moth’, 2012, colour Biro drawing by Jane Lee McCracken

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