So excited that our collaboration with The Rug Company is now in stores!
afloat, august 2014
(comissioned work for the september issue of Big Issue Taiwan)
These photos are the result of a collaboration between French artist Hubert Duprat and a group of caddis fly larvae. To make these beautiful creations Duprat simple provided the materials and let the caddis fly larvae do what they do naturally. Cabinet Magazine did a nice article on this collaboration, in which they said, “A small winged insect belonging to the order Trichoptera and closely related to the butterfly, caddis flies live near streams and ponds and produce aquatic larvae that protect their developing bodies by manufacturing sheaths, or cases, spun from silk and incorporating substances—grains of sand, particles of mineral or plant material, bits of fish bone or crustacean shell—readily available in their benthic ecosystem. The larvae are remarkably adaptable: if other suitable materials are introduced into their environment, they will often incorporate those as well.”
This was done through a technique called “fore-edge painting,” which is an illustration that is hidden on the edge of the pages of the book. The technique allegedly dates back to the 1650s.