Imagined Insects

The Imagined Insects were created in response to issues of waste and pollution within our urban spaces. The twisted, broken forms of umbrellas abandoned by their owners is a common sight when traversing our inner cities; often resembling the husk of expired insects.

Unlike other common items integral to our daily lives, the umbrella is seen as replaceable and abandoned at the first sign of malfunction. In fact, one study found that the number of umbrellas thrown away unnecessarily each year contains enough material to build 25 Eiffel Towers.

Each Imagined Insect seeks to reimagine these items and breath new life into them; contorting their forms into something new and whimsical.

Imagined Insect #4 (2020)
Recycled Umbrella
One of a series of prototype ‘Insects’

But Debbie… Pastels? (2021)
Recycled Umbrella, Timber and Acrylic
Private Commission

Imagined Insect #9 (2021)
Recycled Umbrella, Acrylic, Steel and Neon Flex
Installation view of artwork at Light Up Lancaster 2021

Imagined Insect #9 (2021)
Recycled Umbrella, Acrylic, Steel and Neon Flex
Detail of artwork