Inspiration for my Madagascan Moon Moth Earrings
The inspiration for my Moon Moth Earrings was born out of my larger model of the Madagascan Moon Moth, which was one of my earliest models. I have always asked people about their favourite creatures, particularly when meeting them at major fairs – and butterflies come up very regularly. However, much of their appeal lies in the intense beauty of their colourful wings, so I have always been more drawn to the less-celebrated moth. For a silver sculptor, moths hold a lot more intrigue for me: their furry bodies, large antennae and subtle but striking markings.
The Madagascan Moon Moth, however, is in a class of its own. Not only is it the second largest moth in the world but, with it’s wonderful tails, it is breathtakingly beautiful. I have always absolutely loved the colour, creativity and passion of the Art Nouveau period – and this moth seems to flutter straight out of this era. When people see the Moon Moth Pendant for the first time, I often have to show them the photo of the actual moth before they believe that this pendant is purely nature’s design.
More recently. a customer loved her pendant so much that she asked if I would model matching Moon Moth Earrings. I was concerned that the beauty of the large moth wouldn’t translate into a smaller model – but I shouldn’t have worried. Both continue to be amongst the most admired in my collection.