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Anabela Chan at RCA Show 2013- 06.18.13

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Here’s the latest from NOTCOT’s London-based editor and resident zoologist, Justine Aw as she visits the London graduate showcases!

Wandering through the halls of the Battersea campus during press day at Show RCA 2013, I turned the corner to find a beautiful table filled with iridescent natural history curios. I was immediately drawn to the gorgeous glass domes housing beautifully arranged butterfly wings, stunning pieces by Anabela Chan. Chan is a student in Goldsmithing and Metalwork and the intricate sculptures made from butterfly wings are part of her Beauty & The Beast Collection, which she has photographed beautifully. The artist even blew the glass domes herself! The stunning pieces are showcased alongside her jewellery range that also incorporate beautiful, iridescent natural history objects like parrot feathers, beetles and of course, minerals! More photos on the next page.

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A table full of beautiful glass domes, delicate metalwork, and natural curios.

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Spring bloom, a piece inspired by the phenomenal Monarch butterflies and oyamel fir trees of Michoacan, Mexico.

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The pieces are beautiful and require incredible skill to create. Butterfly wings are incredibly delicate and (as you may recall from Linden Gledhill’s study) their stunning iridescent colors come from delicate arrays of tiny scales.

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Morpho Bloom, made from the beautiful wings of Blue Morphos.

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Acid Bloom.

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Selections from the Beetle Brooch series.

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