This angel is an original, one of a kind, art doll.
Her prayers of peace rise on the extraordinary wings of eight butterflies. Seven
are the actual size they are in nature. Each messenger was chosen for its
distinctive wing shape.
The first wing fabric I chose, orange monarch, colors a swallowtail. The green is
a Ruddy Daggerwing, which in reality is a yellowish orange color. As beautiful as
the blue fabric is, I am told it does not compare to the true color of the Blue
Morpho butterfly. The small one on the angel's head is a White Peacock, clothed
in an indigo fabric of the same name. In many cultures, purple is the color of
royalty, so I have used violet for the wings of Queen Alexandra's Birdwing, the
largest butterfly in the world. The small red one, a Falcate Metalmark, is some-
what larger than in real life. This butterfly is one of the few that -like moths-
rest with its wings laying flat. Metalmarks get their name from the metallic
looking dots on their wings.
These, of course, are the colors of the rainbow or, if you prefer, the seven
major chakras. The eighth butterfly, a Zebra Longwing, had to be black and/or
white. In Feng Shui nine is a very auspicious number, especially, if one of them
The ninth figure, the angel, represents a Luna Moth. Lunas fly only at night and
belong to the giant silk worm family. I covered her face and hands with silk yarn
and cocooned her in a fabric called midnight.
Her armature, or internal structure, is wood and wire with a stainless steel base.
She is 23 inches tall, 23 inches wide, 12 inches deep and weighs 4.5 pounds.