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If you see a kaleidoscope of butterflies take off, they spread outward and upward. Kerry Miller wanted as much of this movement as possible. In turn, the shape of this composition is really special. The book looks like it has wings, almost as if it is a butterfly or moth itself.
The flowers and greenery were completely colored by Kerry Miller, but she only colored the moths if she thought the ink had faded over the last 140 years. This concept is interesting because butterflies and moths can completely change the color of their wings in just six generations. For instance, the common buckeye butterflies seen above, which are usually almost entirely brown in Florida, are bred for the size of their iridescent blue patch and can turn from brown to blue in only six years. Kerry's moths are 140 years old.
It is a bit mind-boggling to think that this expanse of lifelike flowers and moths all came from an ancient book. It makes more sense when you know a little more about Kerry Miller. Kerry was brought up in the English Countryside. Her father was a botanist who showed her the artistry of nature and taught her to appreciate the beauty in small things. As a result, she spent many hours of the summer holidays roaming around collecting flowers and insects, particularly butterflies and moths.