The Moth and The Shield Of Words

I keep looking up the meaning and symbolism of the moth and it keeps eluding me.   I am certain that the moth has relevance in this piece beyond my understanding.  Maybe as I finish the piece it will become clear to me.

I sewed the moth onto the fabric painting this morning.  I had the idea to have it pop off the surface more, but when I started sewing it, it didn’t feel right.  It actually made the moth feel less substantial, almost decorative.  Like one of those giant butterflies, people put on the side of their house.

Now I’m thinking about the background.

I feel like I want to accentuate the hand stitching on the quilt, but I’m not sure how to do that yet.  I know better than to try and force or rush my decision.  So I’ll just wait until it comes to me.

Whatever “it” is.

2 thoughts on “The Moth and The Shield Of Words

  1. Did you decide that it was a moth and not a butterfly?
    I always think that butterflies bring luck, joy and happiness. I connect them with people I have loved and who have passed away.
    I think that this is a wonderful piece, so unique.

    1. It is a moth Jane. I’ve been drawn to moths and their meaning since having a dream with one in it. Also from what I’ve seen most moths have different shaped wings than butterflies which I’ve tried to capture. And they have a different body shape, head and antenna. And of course, moths are nocturnal.

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