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Beetle Mania


12 June – 5 August 2018



Beetle Mania at The Guild at 51.

Beetle Mania is now open at The Guild at 51 and looking amazing!
Amanda Lawrence and Elaine Day have produced such incredible, detailed and beautiful glass works and jewellery - there really are some fantastic pieces to see and wear.

To accompany the show, Amanda has been giving us loads of fun facts about Beetles which we have been sharing on our Facebook page. Did you know that the bodies of beetles have been used for decoration for hundreds of years? That objects found in Tutankhamun’s tomb were adorned with beetle wing cases? That the actress Ellen Terry famously had a dress made from 1,000 beetle wings? And that in Central America, living beetles are still used as brooches, attached to a small gold chain?

The Guild at 51 is open Tuesdays - Sundays. Amanda will be in the shop on Wednesday 11 July (11am to 3pm) and
Wednesday 18 July (11am to 3pm) demonstrating how she works with glass.

Come and say hello and see the bugs!

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Beetles are the largest group of animals in the world and one of the least appreciated.  Glass artist Amanda Lawrence and jeweller Elaine Day aim to bring the wonder of beetles to life in this scintillating exhibition, collaborating to create jewellery and glass sculpture which invites us to celebrate, and rethink our attitudes to, these enterprising creatures.

Beetles have been an integral part of human life for thousands of years. Without beetles, we would be up to our armpits in decaying matter and people around the world would lose a vital part of their diets.  Beetles have inspired new engineering techniques, new pigments for paints and cosmetics and new security systems. They have occupied a prominent place in myth and legend and their beauty has inspired craftsmen around the world.

“They have even been worn as living jewellery” says Elaine “But we think beetles deserve respect, so we are using the wonderful colours of glass and precious stones to represent them instead of the live beetle!”

Amanda says “People tend not to be interested in creatures as small as beetles, or we just think of them as pests, but if beetles were the size of cats and dogs, we would find them awe-inspiring for their extraordinary shapes and iridescent colours.”

The exhibition has a serious side; as well as celebrating beetles, it also aims to alert visitors to the increasing rarity of many beetles due to loss of habitat, and the risks to the human race of the extinction of too many beetle species.


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