Lymantriid moths. After making artwork about the use of a virus (that usually occurs in these moths) for brain tumour research in vitro, I was super-happy to see these beautiful creatures in the flesh, earlier this year.
CRYPSIS: Noun - (biology) The ability of an organism to avoid observation.
In the last week in May this year I’ll start painting moths on cards like these, making at least one a week for 52 weeks. At the end I plan to get the cards printed as a limited edition pack (by crowdfunding/selling online). One a week allows for the fact my current residency is pretty full-on, plus gives me time to sort out the finer points of printing and get plenty of practice in.
The cards made so far I consider tests, since the final cards will be made on templates for the company doing the printing. I’ll post updates as I go here, and on twitter. :)
The Cryptic Cards
project is finally underway! This week I’ve been testing the template
cards from the printer, and set up a small table in my studio to be home
to these moths for the next 52 weeks!
A picture of my first card is above. I’ll
be sharing various views of the cards as the weeks go by, and
moth-related learning as I discover new things about the zoology of my
cryptic furry flying friends!
Materials: I’ll be using
Acryl Gouache and Open Acrylic, and printing template cards on Bristol
card, cotton paper, or vellum, depending on how I feel. I’ll be using
photoshop to scan and transfer the image of the moths onto a digital
template to go for printing.The lines on the template in the picture
relate to the printing process
Moths: To make things more
interesting I’ll be painting moths in various poses, and using different
families of moths for each suit. I haven’t picked which family of moths
I will use for clubs yet. But for diamonds, I’ll be painting geometrid
moths, and this weeks moth is the 6 of Spades - Spades will be hawk
Each week I’ll try and share a little bit of my learning about these
moths and their habits. Although these cards aren’t aiming to be
photorealistic accurate portraits, I hope this will be a learning sciart
experience, as well as making a beautiful deck of cards.
produce the final deck, I plan to use crowdfunding to cover the print
costs, and something for my time in making these cards. More about that
as we go, I’m hoping to use the practice cards painted on real playing
cards as rewards!