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TEXTILES AND INTERIOR ARTS

LOVES & INSPIRATIONS: BUTTERFLIES

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Forest Floor Still Life with Butterflies, Elias van den Broeck

Forest Floor Still Life with Butterflies, Elias van den Broeck

MARTYN ON BUTTERFLIES

"Last Thursday afternoon I was chasing butterflies around the garden trying to take a photograph. Their skittish flight, so difficult to capture, reminded me of how little control I have over life's path."

x M

A winged dancer - Serge Lifar in Icare, 1935

A winged dancer - Serge Lifar in Icare, 1935

Heart of Glass #9 - Martyn Thompson

Heart of Glass #9 - Martyn Thompson

Cabinet by Gio Ponti (1891-1979) and Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988) Italy, probably Milan, 1941.

Cabinet by Gio Ponti (1891-1979) and Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988) Italy, probably Milan, 1941.

Petr Pastrňák (Czech, b. 1962), Butterflies, 1998-2002. Oil on canvas, 75 x 80 cm.

Petr Pastrňák (Czech, b. 1962), Butterflies, 1998-2002. Oil on canvas, 75 x 80 cm.

Butterfly in Glasgow Garden, Woodstock - Martyn Thompson.

Butterfly in Glasgow Garden, Woodstock - Martyn Thompson.

18th Century fabric sample from The National Museum in Oslo.

18th Century fabric sample from The National Museum in Oslo.

AN INTERESTING NOTE ON BUTTERFLIES IN MYTHOLOGY * 

"A butterfly was seen in Japan as the personification of a person's soul; whether they be living, dying, or already dead. One Japanese superstition says that if a butterfly enters your guest room and perches behind the bamboo screen, the person whom you most love is coming to see you. Large numbers of butterflies are viewed as bad omens."

*Lafcadio Hearn , VIA WIKIPEDIA.

Martyn's butterfly filled image for Jo Malone London.

Martyn's butterfly filled image for Jo Malone London.