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Butterfly c 1974 Place made: Australia
Materials & Technique: metalwork, copper

Dimensions: 2.4 h x 8.0 w x 7.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Crafts Board Collection donated by the Australia Council 1982
Accession No: NGA 82.478
Subject: Collection: The Crafts Board of Australia Council collection of Australian and International decorative and design arts, acquired 1982.

These insects are made from copper. Think about the delicacy of their bodies compared with the material used to make these small replicas. What do they all have in common?

Artists often carefully consider the materials they use to make their works of art. Why is copper an interesting material? How does this material help the artist- you may have to look very closely at the insects!

Activity: using cardboard and a pair of fine scissors cut out a variety of insect shapes. Using watercolour and a fine brush paint the detail of the insects’ bodies and wings.

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