Obviously I couldn't have done anything at all without some help from all of you. In particular a few people who did some serious 'collecting' need a mention. So here's my THANK YOU list.
Thomas Fummo, who always manages to collect some pretty stuff from his young and creative 'English' students.Towards the end of my crazy collecting marathon I got all emotional about the whole thing. Maybe because I was invited to talk a little about the project at the National Lupus Conference on 9th May, which was held in Turin. My idea was embraced with great enthusiasm, just a pity that everything was finished and in place so no extra butterflies or donations!
Simona Donadonibus, who did the same but with her Italian class.
Don Masse who has a fabulous blog (shine brite zamorano to which I am totally addicted) and who found five minutes to create something for me.
My Mom, who still insists on embroidering her entry.
Friends who just go for it.
Fellow designers who may have a very busy schedule but find time for me.
And finally but most importantly to Maike Thoma, Chiara Diack and Holly Helgeson for their generous donations which were greatly appreciated.
Compared to the 99 butterflies of last year, 97 is much the same thing. I believe that in the present format and taking account of my time and the effort needed to put the whole thing together it is probably the best I can do. Next year, my idea would be to make the project bigger and I am not sure how to go about it, but at least I have a few months to come up with something!
Enough butterfly talk for now, lets get back down to real work. My butterfly design is being developed into a collection already...I hope you like it?