Let us go forward in this battle fortified by conviction that those who labour in the service of a great and good cause will never fail.
A dragonfly is a flying insect
I have always been fascinated by dragonflies, as child watching them on our pond at the farm.
A dragonfly is a flying insect belonging to the order Odonata, infraorder Anisoptera. Adult dragonflies are characterized by a pair of large, multifaceted compound eyes, two pairs of strong, transparent wings, sometimes with coloured patches, and an elongated body. Dragonflies can be mistaken for the closely related damselflies, which make up the other odonatan infraorder and are similar in body plan though usually lighter in build; however, the wings of most dragonflies are held flat and away from the body, while damselflies hold their wings folded at rest, along or above the abdomen. Dragonflies are agile fliers, while damselflies have a weaker, fluttery flight. Many dragonflies have brilliant iridescent or metallic colours produced by structural colouration, making them conspicuous in flight.
My dragonfly sculptures range from micro that would fit on the tip of your finger to a five ft wing span made in steel
One for an exhibition
My first wire dragon flies, were quite basic . a wire wound segmented tail, domed copper body and head. The wings had a grid pattern. And the head was made from copper sheet domed to form two compound eye.
The next dragon fly was larger than life size 300mm wing span made using a much better drawing . to put all wing detail in a set dragon fly wing take over 4 days. I made one for an exhibition.
As my teaching side of sculpture grew I developed a simpler dragon fly for my students to make.
then made a very large dragonfly (fly 5ft wing span ) in steel for another exhibition. And micro version .
Any of my dragon flies can be made to order or taught at one of my workshops. Im also developing a dragonfly kit and an online video tutorials