White tailed bumble bee
White tailed bumble bee
This was a lovely commission for a client in London UK, who wanted a bumble bee as a birthday gift for his wife who is a keen bee keeper.
The bee is made entirely from paper, the main body is constructed from card and tissue paper and the texture is created by thousands of hand cut tiny pieces of paper. The eyes are made from clay which are treated with a high gloss varnish. The wings are made from tracing paper and are hand scored to create the intricate veined wing pattern.
The client’s wife’s favourite flower is the Ratchaphruek - (Thailand’s national flower) so I also made two of these flowers - once again made entirely from paper and placed inside the dome. They are not attached which allows for the owner to arrange them how they choose.
Glass dome dimensions: dome width 19cm, dome height 23cm, base diameter 23cm.
Please see below for creative process, shipping information, production time, care instructions etc.
Creating a bespoke paper sculpture for someone is an exciting adventure, I find the collaborative process very rewarding and creative. Initially we discuss the subject that is close to your heart, this can be anything from a bird or a shell to a particular flower or animal, there’s a lot of beauty out there in the world!
The next step is to decide the approach, whether you’d like to reproduce the sculpture true to life or to use an expression approach, this can be an exploration in colour and paper style, pattern and texture.
Shipping within the UK
Shipping is not included. The price can vary greatly depending on the distance. Due to the fragility of the dome it requires a designated driver to delivery it safely. As a rough guide a 50 mile journey from Brighton to Central London (50 miles) will cost approximately £150. Collection can be a good option if possible.
Shipping is not included. To avoid the glass dome travelling unnecessarily, I recommend that the dome is initially purchased by the client (with help from me.) The client then keeps hold of the dome and sends the base to me in the UK. We then collaborate to come up with a creative design that can be put together by the client. The base with predrilled holes along with the sculpture and any foliage is then sent back to the client where it is easily assembled on arrival. (Special delivery of an entire dome or displays can be arranged subject to budget.)
As a rule the models take approximately 6-8 weeks to complete. There can sometimes be a waiting list, in this event I can produce a bespoke card which can be used as a gift.
It is very important to keep the artwork out of direct sunlight such as near a window, this will avoid colour fading.
Avoid moist environments, such as bathrooms damp conservatories etc.
If the work is put into storage I recommend putting silica sachets in the box to absorb any moisture.