An Introduction of Sorts

 In Biology, Textiles & Embroidery

A little over four years ago I developed a bit of an obsession with moths.


This obsession began with me building oversized ceramic cocoons. It was straight forward and simple, without an awful amount of interrogation.

Hand embroidered moth by Jessica Merle

And then I stumbled upon the scanned pages of a book chapter on the complete metamorphosis of insects. Now, I had always been afraid of giant moths, but was able to admire their almost supernatural size (in childhood memories they were the size of a dinner plate) and incredible beauty. But these few pages of information brought me a whole new insight into the lives of moths and other insects. This unbelievable process of metamorphosis completely floored me!


Fast forward to 2017. I had just completed my Masters where ceramics, textiles, biology and history intersected in my research. During my studies I started my own “creatively organised” insect collection that even made its way onto my final exhibition. This collection is still being added to and is a huge source of inspiration for my work. I began exploring embroidery as a medium to illustrate and express my fascination with moths and other insects.


Recently I’ve had a growing urge to start sharing all that I learn and discover. I have been including small pieces of information in my Instagram and Facebook posts, but I want to share more! This blog has grown from that excitement. The posts you find here in the future will focus on history and myths (mostly related to textiles and fibre crafts), biology (most probably insects and curious animals) as well as tutorials for crafty things.


If you’re still reading this, thank you! If this introductory post has piqued your interest and you want to read more, then yay! The next post is going to be all about the magical mystery of metamorphosis that got me hooked on researching and illustrating insects. See you there!



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  • Shelley

    Awesome Jess! Bring us more!

    • Jessica

      Thank you so much, Auntie Shell! And there will definitely be more! Thank you for reading 🙂 xx

  • Jacqui Clark

    Beautifully written Jess!

    • Jessica

      Thank you so much for the support, Jacqui! x

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