Artist Yumi Okita creates amazingly intricate insect sculptures out of colorful, bold textiles. The Raleigh-based artist makes the hand-sized moths, butterflies, and even cicadas by painstakingly embroidering simple thread into life-like sculptures and adding various realistic touches such as fake fur, wire, and feathers.


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Okita uses various embroidery techniques to create incredible versions of Oleander Hawk moths or the regal Peacock Butterfly. Although the work is quite delicate, the art sculptures are fairly larger than they appear, fitting into the palm of a hand.

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Using an array of bold textiles to create the figures, Okita then adds a few realistic touches to the bodies. Most of the more intricate markings are painted on by hand, but she also uses feathers, wires, and even artificial fur to give the pieces their life-like appearance.

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Yumi Okita, moth sculptures, fiber art, insect art, fabric sculptures, miniature sculptures, butterfly art, moth art, textile moth art, embroidered moths, embroidery art, diy art, etsy artists, intricate moth art, animal scupltures, textile artwork, textile sculptures

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