Sunday, May 31, 2015

Collecting Butterflies

The days have flown-by since my 'Butterfly Collecting' ended in a mad MAD MAD rush to post and Pin in time for World Lupus Day 2015. My idea is to increase awareness and raise funds by collecting butterfly designs from around the world. This year 97 beautiful butterflies arrived, the participants came from 8 different countries and were aged from 5 to 75. I managed to donate 115 euros to LUPUS UK so I am very pleased with the result. You can see the whole collection on these two Pinterest boards, Children, Adults and Designers.

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.
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.
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!

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?


  1. Love your butterfly design. Congratulations that's a great donation! I thought it was a fantastic showcase of butterflies, and I love how it's come from such a variety of ages, places, mediums and techniques, I was so delighted to contribute.

    1. Thank you to you too... for your entry and for your donation. You helped to make the day great for me. Glad you enjoyed the showcase :)