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Cedar Shingle Moths

Coulthard Miller Ltd

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One of the collective nouns for a group of moths is an eclipse. A group of moths is also referred to as a Cloud, a Whisper, a Flutter, a Hover. All are poetic and evocative.

Paula Coulthards moths are symbolic of the variety and volume of the approx. 1600 moths and butterflies endemic to Aotearoa. Paula was inspired to create a simple moth form where the texture and colour of the material is as important as wing shape.

To realise the moths Paula joined the Wairarapa Woodworkers Guild where she used wood from a fallen Japanese Cedar and reclaimed timber, turned it on a lathe, and into the bodies of the moths. The wings are made from Cedar Shingles. The shingles have a beautiful texture and are tapered to a delicate wing tip. The texture of the shingle wings is left pure and rough, keeping the machine marks from milling, embracing the variations in the natural grain of the wood and highlighting the grain with dye, fire, oxidation and wire brush.