This week's Dojo Challenge is based on the work of an American artist, Christopher Marley, who creates beautiful symmetrical patterns with insects. Here are some of his patterns.
We thought it might be interesting to use scrap card and paper, and a little masking tape if you have it, to try and create our own bug artwork inspired by Christopher Marley. Don't worry, Christopher Marley doesn't harm wildlife to make his pictures, he uses organisms that have died of natural causes in the zoos and wildlife parks. As he sees it, they can either be disposed of or they can be preserved and incorporated into lasting tributes to their masterful design and he would rather preserve them and show off their beauty than throw them away.
Because we also love nature and we don't want to harm any wildlife in the making of our artwork, we are suggesting creating insect life as described below. This is another design by Darrell Wakelam, who had the idea for the fossils and the dinosaurs from milk bottles.
You could either make several small insects and create a mosaic or a symmetrical pattern, or you could choose to display an individual insect. Think about the beautiful colours and patterns that these creatures often have when decorating your designs. Don't forget to send us a photo via your Dojo Portfolio!