This Artist Creates Fabric Moths Portraying Historical People And Botanical Forms On Their Wings (10 Pics)

Larysa Bernhardt, an artist based in Missouri, creates brilliant colorful moths by using old tapestries. The moths often showcase beautiful images of historical people, birds, animals, and flowers on their wings.

In a recent interview with DeMilked, Larysa told us that she has been sewing all her life but started working on 3D textile sculptures about five years ago. When we asked her what inspired her to choose this art form, she replied, “I’ve been collecting textiles forever, it’s my passion. Some pieces had a lot of moth damage, but some parts were still too beautiful to just throw away. I don’t really know how my mind makes connections, I just started making giant moths out of usable bits.”

The artist also revealed why she loves moths so much – “The fact that they’re nocturnal. The mythology behind them. In some lore moths take our wishes to the moon. In some they symbolize light and illusion. To me, they are magic, until they get into my treasured tapestries. Then the white gloves are off.”

Talking about her creative process, Larysa said, “Well, it’s more like “if this didn’t work try that” kind of process. When the piece finally comes together it’s definitely a relief, sort of like “look, I’ve done it again”. And I make myself a drink.”

If you love her designs, you can also buy these fabric moth sculptures from her Etsy store. Meanwhile, check out some of her beautiful works in the gallery below.

More info: Instagram | Etsy











Saumya Ratan 

Saumya loves to explore beautiful, crazy, and wholesome stuff. She seeks to find something interesting in everything and strives to share her inspirations and explorations with people all over the world.

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One response to “This Artist Creates Fabric Moths Portraying Historical People And Botanical Forms On Their Wings (10 Pics)”

  1. Dear Delaram Moghaddam,

    Given what you have posted here, I would like to inform you that there are even more amazing moth sculptures, especially those illustrated in the book entitled “The Art of Annemieke Mein: Wildlife Artist in Textiles”.

    I actually own a copy of the book signed by the author in 1992.

    I have enjoyed perusing all of your pages and many of your recent posts. To reciprocate, you can find plenty of my art, graphics, animations, poems, prose and music on my blog. I would like to inform you that when you visit my blog, it is preferrable to use a desktop or laptop computer with a large screen to view the rich multimedia contents available for heightening your multisensory enjoyment at my blog, which could be too powerful and feature-rich for iPad, iPhone, tablet or other portable devices to handle properly or adequately.

    Furthermore, since my intricate blog contains advanced styling and multimedia components plus dynamic animations, it is advisable to avoid viewing the contents of my blog using the WordPress Reader, which cannot show many of the advanced features and animations in my posts and pages. It is best to read the posts and pages directly in my blog so that you will be able to savour and relish all of the refined and glorious details plus animations.

    I am very delighted that you have selected and featured these particular moth sculptures by Larysa Bernhardt, an artist based in Missouri. They do look fantastic and collectible.

    Wishing you a productive weekend doing or enjoying whatever that satisfies you the most!

    May you find 2022 very much to your liking and highly conducive to your painting, drawing, designing, writing, reading, thinking and blogging whatever topics that accommodate your intellectual fantasy and creative reverie!

    Take care and prosper!

    Yours sincerely,


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