I hate bugs. No, let me clarify. I am terrified of bugs. And when I'm faced with one of the prized specimens sprung from the murky swamplands of Louisiana, I do what any sane woman does - I call for my husband (or any male within shouting distance). I'm a wimp in this one particular area and I have absolutely no qualms about admitting it.
But they always tell you to face your fears, so I've found a way to live with bugs - I enjoy them as art. Then I can admire their intricate details and marvel at their coloring, all the while enjoying the swells of cicada calls just outside my window.
I'm smitten with the many fairytale creatures that spring from the fertile imagination of textile artist, Mister Finch. Made from bits and pieces of vintage finds, his sculptures are a mix of whimsy and old world craftsmanship, one-of-a-kind beauties. (See more of his work on his website - also includes the link to his Etsy store)
Kari Herer Photography
I first discovered Kari Herer's work when I stumbled onto her magnolias photographed against illustrations. She's at it again, this time mixing magnolia petals with illustrations of bugs, an entirely unexpected and strangely alluring combination. (See more of her work on her website - includes link to her Etsy store.)
Butterflies don't scare me and Paul Villinski's beer can butterfly installations hardly qualify as creepy, but I'm including them here anyway, just so you'll know about his work. Utilizing recycled cans (and sometimes old LPs), the artist creates soaring, beautiful installations that take my breath away. (See more of his work on his website.)