3D embroidered bug and insect balls by claire moynihan
3D embroidered bug and insect balls by claire moynihan 3D embroidered bug and insect balls by claire moynihan
jun 10, 2013

3D embroidered bug and insect balls by claire moynihan

3D embroidered bug and insect balls by claire moynihan
‘southern hawker ball’ – 2010, 30mm
all images © P wilkins



experiment with threads and materials, british artist claire moynihan has created life-sized three dimensional bugs and insects using traditional embroidering techniques. serving as a celebration of ‘pests’, the collection produced with felt in high detail, showcasing a combination of realistic bees, snails and ladybugs onto wool ball pedestals. once completed, the tiny sculptures are then carefully organized inside handcrafted entomological box frames, displayed in appreciation of the natural world.



‘garden snail bug ball’ – 2011, 35mm



‘ladybird bug ball’ – 2011, 30mm



‘hornet ball’ – 2010, 30mm




‘bumble bee bug ball’ – 2011, 150mm x 150mm



‘wasp ball’ – 2009, 30mm



‘lousy watchman ball’ – 2010, 30mm



‘bug balls I’ – 2008, 304 x 404 x 59mm



via lustik

  • Please do a cicada! These are great!

    Mary St. John says:

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