01 March 2018

Bugs and things

In the last few months I was working on commission works for various people and organisations...and the kind of works were very different from each other so it was great fun, as well as required a bit of planning than usual!

Painting shieldbugs on fabric. After "thinking about it" for good two years, I've finally done it and it's been really good fun.

And then, leaflet illustration work for Warwickshire District Council.

And made second Netted Carpet, second Brown Hairstreaks, and Frosted Orange with Foxglove as commissions.

Made some more moths and butterflies in frames for events...some of them didn't make it to the "Insect for Sale" page as they were sold straight way!! 

It feels like I'm doing the moth inventory for ever...A very good way to keep my ID skills refreshed.

And the most recent work for Buglife and Plantlife. Again, something different, but very exciting project....Insect on Stick!
I had to make them more robust than the normal insect models as they are not in frames and they will be handled by people at events etc.
While making them I had a few CATastrophes involving a naughty cat and one of those models, but it was a very good way to see how robust my models were.......

This is Purbeck Mason Wasp

If you want to find out why I made those....please look up "Back from the Brink" project or go to...

I'm very proud to be making something for such wonderful people!

I'll be seeing wonderful people at 
Butterfly Conservation meeting on 24th March and 
Garden Moth Scheme event on 29th April.

26 October 2017

More New Stuff

FINALLY we have Clearwings in the badge / magnet collection!!
After some years of thinking about the best way of making them (so that their antennae, legs and "clear" wings don't get lost)... I'm happy with how they look!

Six-belted Clearwing on the "ground" with Bird's-foot Trefoil
Currant Clearwing on currant leaf
Lunar Hornet Clearwing on poplar leaf
Red-belted Clearwing on apple leaf
Fiery Clearwing on dock leaf

And a new framed moth & caterpillar....The Sprawler! 

Also I had to make a commission piece with an exceptionally short notice, but I did it!
Small Blue and Green Hairstreak in a frame.

People often don't realise that smaller piece is so much harder to make than a big piece, especially as I MUST get the details right. 
Yet, people get a little disappointed that it's only really very small! 
Well, it's a little bit bigger than the actual thing, and making things as real as possible is what I do.
I'm very happy with them anyway!

HACHIWARE ART shop will be Butterfly Conservation's AGM in November, so if you would like to inspect my work very closely, please come and visit my stall!

03 August 2017

New stuff

New range of Framed FAKE moths added to the shop!

Also made some random RED ONIONS earrings....Anybody wants to wear red onions?

18 July 2017

Busy working!

I've been aware that my blog has not been updated since May 2016.... Well Hachiware Art is still very much active!

Here's what I've been making...

A commission piece - Netted Carpet with its food plant (Touch me not balsam) in a frame.

 Two commission pieces - Annulet and Scotch Annulet in a frame, and Bordered Grey and Square-spotted clay in a frame.

A commission piece - Cryptic Wood White in 3D form.

A commission piece - Chalk Hill Blue, Large Blue, Barred Yellow and Burnished Brass in a frame.

I will be going to Butterfly Conservation AGM in November in Cheltenham, so at the moment I'm making more framed butterflies.

Brown Hairstreak, male & female, a caterpillar and two eggs, if you can see them. 
Quite pleased with the tasty looking Sloe berries....

Purple Emperors... 

Creeping cinquefoil & Grizzled Skippers!

26 May 2016

This year's Butterfly Conservation's offer! 2

All 70 badges (and a couple of extras) have been completed!!

Yes, you will receive an Elephant Hawkmoth badge and other goodies if you join Butterfly Conservation during National Moth Night.

Making 70 in one go was quite hard work, but I managed to chicken-sit and make miniature chickens for my friend!

Very cute chickens!!!

21 May 2016

This year's offer from Butterfly Conservation!

Last year I had an order from Butterfly Conservation for 70 Convolvulus Hawkmoth badges so they could be included in a welcome pack for new members who signed up during National Moth Night weekend.

They would like to do it again this year! Moth Night weekend will be 9th - 11th June. So if you are not yet a member of Butterfly Conservation and you would like my badge, this is the time to sign up!

So far, I've finished making the shapes. Which species do you think they will turn into......??

06 April 2016

New brooch

Brown Hairstreak butterfly brooch is now added to my stock list. 

I'll be attending Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire Branch's Spring Meeting on 9th April. 

31 January 2016


Sorry about not updating the blog! I have been lazy.

Here is what I have been working on. Postcards in Japanese art style. 

Normally everything I make is "only one in the world" as I paint them individually and it's a NON STOP job, but for the first time I made prints of these. You can buy a packet of 5 (5 different designs) for £5. I will hopefully make more so you can have different designs in the future. 

I attended The National Moth Recorders' Meeting in Birmingham yesterday, and I had many good comments....and I remembered that I haven't updated this blog at all to promote this!