So…The Butterfly Project….I have copied the details below from my old blogspot site without editing as it seemed the best way.

A bit of background…In late November 2010 I broke my foot. What can I say, I am an idiot.

So I was stuck at home with nothing to do expect play with my phone (back in the old days this was a terribly exiting thing to do.)

……..and this butterfly thing was born, which I now call Flitter

The following posts are out of sync but that is the way it wanted to be transfered and who am I to argue…..

This is only a sample of the butterfies I have been sent and have collected. There are now too many to catalogue here and now, but some day…….



Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Day 3 into this project and a brief update on the project for anybody new;

The Idea

I am building a piece of work gathering contributions from around the world. I would like you to send me a butterfly cut out of tissue paper. On that butterfly I would like you to write down the answer to the question – “What do you think good art is?” The size of the butterfly is up to you. The style of writing is up to you. You can draw your answers if you wish. The butterflies will become an open public exhibition. I would welcome your comments and thank you in advance. Please send butterflies to;

First experiments on frozen window

Tony Wade, Faceless Company, Unit E, Trinity Business Park, Wakefield WF2 8EE UK

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

People have been asking me for more information about this project so here goes.

The project grew out of a discussion on twitter about the nature of artistic collaborations, were they good or bad, what were the pitfalls and benefits.
A similar discussion was taking place as to the value of the arts, particularly at this time of deep cuts in funding.
I was also endeavouring to entertain my 3 year old daughter by helping her make tissue paper butterflies.
And so the project was born.
I want collaborators to physically make something, and then post that to me. I would then receive something that the collaborators had handled, had actually made, something that exists in the real world.
I wanted something that would not take up too much of people’s time and could be made with readily available materials.
The tissue paper butterflies are fragile and care had to be taken in handling them.
The subject of the piece ‘What do you think good art is?’ will encourage a wide range of responses and I believe each collaborator will have a different, yet equally valuable, opinion.
Care has to be taken when writing, or drawing, on the butterflies reflecting the care each collaborator has for the subject. That care will be reflected in the care I will have to take with each butterfly when I receive it.
Everybody will be collaborating equally.
Every butterfly will be in the final piece.
The final piece will be displayed in public.

I hope that answers some of the questions and I am always happy to answer more.

Monday, 13 December 2010


A wonderful selection of butterflies from Cornwall from Helen Peters

Monday, 13 December 2010


A lovely butterfly, both image and words, from Jane Galvin

Tuesday, 7 December 2010


Today I received the first butterfly. A big thank you to V Mulford

Wednesday, 1 December 2010


So to recap – the butterfleis can be of any size – though most people, I believe, would keep them to about 5 to 6 inch.
I would like you to think about what you believe good art to be, that could be an example of good art or what you think it can achieve.

A quick John Cage butterfly

Sunday, 16 January 2011


Amazing contribution from Alex Ryley.

They are Peppered Moths.

Please go to the above link for for information on them.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011


Fantastic 3D butterfly by Natalie Gale
and the box it came in. Arrived Christmas day.

Saturday, 12 February 2011


This butterfly is by Pollie Scott.
It’s done by pricking, (parchment craft). She pricked some areas from front to back, then reversed to make different textures. Pollie also used an embossing tool to make the white areas.

Thursday, 3 March 2011


A selection of butterflies made by Rayna Ryley

Wednesday, 2 March 2011


Butterfly from Karen Davies that arrived from Newcastle on 1st March
“a good work of art is simple, but can move you in a way you don’t understand”
A butterfly from a young girl at a workshop at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art

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