Art Inspires: Butterflies

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a great week!  I spent my vaycay enjoying the sun and sand (and a cool adventure or two!)  I'll post photos from my trip later this week, but for the time being I thought I'd post a new Art Inspires: a segment I'm creating to devote to art and how it inspires great things!

The inspiration for today's 'Art Inspires' are the amazing fabric sculptures by artist Yumi Okita.  She crafts her incredible butterfly, moth, and insect sculptures by hand out of a combination of fabric, fake fur, and feathers, with fine details added via embroidery and fabric paint.  I am truly captivated by the colors and the texture.  Her obvious attention to detail and the intricate layering of features just blows my mind! Check out more of her work: Okita sells her sculptures on her Etsy store.

Now don't get me wrong, I love a good woodland fairytale theme as much as the next girl, but I think butterflies toe the line between romantic and cutesy.  The fact that pretty much the first thing I think of when I think of butterflies is Mariah Carey does not bode well for the Lepidoptera image (that's the fancy scientific name for butterflies, FYI).  No offense to the woman, but she's not what I would like to associate with such a gorgeous, delicate creature.  So when butterflies normally stir images of bubbles and rainbows and sparkles and Paris Hilton perfume, it's really refreshing to see classy butterfly details for a change.  Butterflies don't have to be reserved for M.C. and little girl birthday parties, anymore.  They can remain mysterious and ethereal as they are in nature.  But they can also add a touch of whimsy to any occasion... and thank goodness for that.  Because what is an occasion without a little whimsy?

image via SugarRobot on etsy

image via SugarRobot on etsy

Obviously the "inspired" part of today's post consists solely of weddings and events, but that should not (and does not) limit the world of inspiration that one may find from a piece of art.  Perhaps Okita's sculptures will inspire you upon choosing an interior design color palette, or maybe the colorfully embroidered fabrics will influence your next wardrobe purchase.  Is there a piece of art that particularly inspires you? Did a painting, photograph, or even a piece of architecture motivate you in some way?  You may be surprised to realize how little details throughout your day-to-day life have been affected by something you found beautiful or visually moving!