Meridionalis Birdwing is from the glass butterfly collection that Laura started in 2015. Meticulous details are used throughout the Lepidoptera series that represents endangered and rare butterflies as beautiful and vibrant living creatures. Within the collection, Laura creates only one of each species, making these pieces even more precious and delicate. The uniqueness of each specimen is a real representation of the vulnerability of the species and the threat of extinction of the butterflies in real life.
The Meridionalis Birdwing butterfly by Laura Hart is painstakingly created by glass fusion techniques to recreate its natural counterpart. The body of the butterfly is created using pate de verre and lost wax processes; the wings by fusion techniques in several stages. Lastly, the legs, proboscis and antennae are creating in sterling silver to ensure the very best anatomical detail. The Meridionalis Birdwing butterfly comes with an authenticity certificate, and is a one-off creation.
Laura Hart started experimenting with oils and canvas at the tender age of twelve. In her teenage years she treaded the boards, and in her 20’s and 30’s she was involved in video production and 3D animation. In her 40’s she dabbled in heritage building renovation, only being united with the glorious world of glass art by the time she reached her 50’s. Laura however always had a love for glass, watching the blowers at work in Stourbridge as a child.
Her career turned to glass when she was asked to work on a glass and steel piece. This is when her obsession and passion with glass really began. Laura attended courses to learn the basics of casting and fusing, buying a kiln and setting up shop in the garage of her home. Laura loves the myriad of diversity that is always present when working with glass.
Laura’s work centres on the conservation of endangered species, flora and fauna. She recreates her specimens using glass fusion and pate de verre casting as well as kiln and flame work. Sterling silver is found in many of her pieces, giving anatomical detail. Influenced by Georgia O’Keefe, Laura has also been a lifelong collector of art nouveau and deco works. Many of her works are inspired by the Art Nouveau period, their geometry and precision taking on a high level of optical precision that is found in her “Picasso” collection.