So anyone who knows me well, knows that I hate spiders. And when I say hate, I mean close my eyes if they show up in a movie or TV show, locked myself in the bathroom for 3 hours until my husband came home, stood on top of my desk at work until my boss shooed the the little arachnid out of the office, HATE. (PSA - I will not kill them as they are good for the environment and are considered good luck in many cultures.) So how come Spiders have become such a main stay of my current work?
Because the general public seem to find these little 8 legged crawlies cute.
It all started when I was invited to be part of an exhibit at a local Nature Center. The theme was "What's the Buzz", with an emphasis on Spiders.
So I decided to face my fear and try to have fun with the subject. I started by creating an army of what I called Marching Spiders
Then I decided to be a little more precise and educational and looked up all kinds of spiders. I wanted to find out about the spiders that weave those beautiful webs. I decided on an Orange Orb Weaver spider and web and even added an informational card, just for good measure.
And so here we are.
Three weeks ago I was invited to be part of a month long Skeleton and Skull Exhibit and as I was designing my feature piece, a large hanging Skull, I couldn't help it, I just had to add the spider details.
This doesn't mean that I will go out and pet a tarantula or anything like that, and I will still probably lock myself in the bathroom if one decides to march thru the house, but I can at least appreciate their importance in nature and the beauty, in their own small way, they bring to the world.