The Butterfly project is an exploration and understanding of climate change in the Himalayas, in which the number of butterflies is drastically dropped due to changing weather temperatures. There is a huge lack of awareness when it comes to visualising climate change and its effects, therefore using art and design as a tool for awareness is what initiated this project. There are several steps to this project, which combines traditional artisanal craft, 3d printing, glass blowing, and lighting design.
I wanted to create butterfly chrysalides of 10-15 Himalayan butterflies that are on the brink of extinction. The colours of each butterfly, would then be interpreted through the Persian art of Minakari ( Enamelling ) . These sculptures would be created into pendants lights, that are able to change colour according to room temperature and climate.
The first step is creating a 3D model, which I have printed in PLA output.
Next is using traditional investment casting to create a piece out of metal.
Next is the process of glass blowing into the shell to create the chrysalis.
Minakari artisans working on the 3D cast.
Using LED technology and programming to create colour changes.