THE FLIGHT OF THE SOUL
Butterfly setting and preservation in the cemetery with Louise Newton
Sunday 4th October from 11:00 am
Louise Newton introduces you to the fascinating world of insect taxidermy. This is a beginners' course with no experience required and you will be able to take the set butterflies you create home with you as a souvenir.
Tickets £35 including a Hendrick's Gin Cocktail.
For over 300 years, entomologists and collectors have mounted butterflies and other insects for taxonomic reference or to create breathtaking visual displays. Such collections can be found lurking in museum archives and are often kept in meticulous condition in display cases and cabinets.
There has been a recent renaissance in the use of insect displays in art (most notably in the work of Damien Hirst) and this class will introduce you to the skills and techniques used in setting butterflies.
The workshop will begin with a talk on the biology of insects with further instruction on the hydration, setting, pinning and drying of specimens.