Insects have often been used in art as symbols of the brevity of life and also because of the beauty of their colors and varied forms.

My representation of insects has been inspired by a painting by Rachel Ruysch- Flowers in a Glass Vase at the Detroit Institute of Arts

I patterned and draped and drew and painted the insects on muslin fabric. I used a micron, sharpies and watery acrylic paints to stain in color. Finally, I ombré died the hemline to give the effect of transcendence from the referenced painting to the garment.