British Moth Throw 2012 Detail of hand-cut transfers on cotton fabric
The British Moth Throw depicts the beauty of moths and seeks to dispel their image as dusty cloth-eaters, while highlighting the rapid depletion of many British moth species. Jane initially produced original colour Biro drawings of favourite British moth species including the Death’s Head Hawk-Moth, Oleander Hawk-Moth, Small Elephant Hawk-Moth and Broad Bordered Bee Hawk-Moth. The drawings were created to use as a pattern design for the British Moth Throw.
Death’s Head Hawk-Moth 2012 colour Biro drawing
She then reproduced hundreds of images of her moth drawings onto transfer paper. Each image was hand-cut and individually ironed onto cotton fabric, while the edges of the throw were also hand-cut. The British Moth Throw was draped over The Woodcutter's Bed (Vono bed, circa mid 20th century belonging to Jane's Grandmother), alongside the Woodcutter's Giant Pillow.
The original moth drawings were then pinned into the drawer of a Vono dressing table, also belonging to her Grandmother to form the Entomology Drawer, part of the Woodcutter's Cottage installation.
Entemology Drawer, 2013 The Woodcutter's Cottage Exhibition, The Mercer Art Gallery
British Moth Throw, Woodcutter's Quilt, Woodcutter's Giant Pillow, The Woodcutter's Bed and Red Riding Hood's Cloak on display at The Woodcutter's Cottage Exhibition, The Mercer Art Gallery 2013