PEP’s Arts and Crafts group were delighted to be invited back to the Queens Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Nine lucky ‘crafters’ came along to see the latest exhibition from the Royal Collection, which is one of the largest and most important art collections in the world and one of the last great European royal collections to remain intact.
The subject currently on display is ‘Maria Merian's Butterflies’. The group were lucky enough to be there for a short talk by the curator of the exhibition, before being able to view the amazing pictures which were all hand painted on vellum and depicted butterflies on native plants. They were created by German artist and entomologist Maria Sibylla Merian who travelled to Suriname with her daughter in 1699. Their depiction was ground-breaking for the time and the images are still studied by scientists today.
After the gallery, the group ventured into the palace itself for a refreshing cup of tea and biscuits before setting to the craft session where we created our own butterflies using Maria’s images as inspiration. The class was expertly led by Emily who also continued to tell us about the life and work of this amazing German woman.
We finished by putting all the mini works of art together to create a ‘kaleidoscope’ of butterflies. Once again this was a very enjoyable session and all the participants thoroughly enjoyed their time there. We would like to thank Emily for her knowledge and Neepa for organising the session for us and we look forward to being able to visit again in the future.