Dancing Mantises I

Dancing Mantises I

Dancing Mantises

By artist: Dianne Conroy

Wire and wool sculpture, 50 x 25cm

The Praying mantis is a most interesting and beneficial insect to have around the garden and farm, Australia has 160 species. It is the only known insect that can turn its head and look over its shoulder. They do not eat plants but prey on larger insects, beetles, grasshoppers, crickets, and other pest insects. This work draws attention to these very beneficial garden dwellers with an anatomically correct design showing how much fun these insects are and what a joy it is to have them around.

About the artist.

Dianne Conroy was born is Sydney, Australia in 1964. Dianne comes from a family of artists, her father making pottery, her mother a seamstress, and her grandmother a wedding dress maker. Growing up Dianne was surrounded by people making various things with all kinds of mediums. Dianne first started selling her art at the Byron Bay markets in 1986. Moving to London in the late 80s Dianne continued her love of fabric and fibre, and selling items at local markets. After moving to Tokyo, Japan in 1990 Dianne soon established herself with a business in vintage Japanese fabrics. Dianne’s classes were waitlisted for many years, where she taught her art of creating wall art, quilts and handbags from kimonos, yukatas, and obis. While living in Tokyo for 16 yrs Dianne studied needle felting as a hobby with some of Japanese finest teachers. Felted fibres became a passion and continued when she moved to Singapore where her felted art began to take form. Now living in Brisbane, Australia Dianne runs Wild Woolly Heads where she does commission work for clients. Dianne’s inspiration comes from her love of animals, the fine details of Japanese art, the lushness of Singapore, and her tropical Queensland garden.

Collection or delivery times.

This item is part of the Plant Empire Garden Art Exhibition, showing from 2-8 October 2021. Exhibition items are available online and in-store, and in the unlikely event that a customer purchases the item in-store at the same time as it is sold online, we will refund the online purchase. Thank you in advance for your understanding if this situation does occur. Exhibition pieces will be available for collection in-store from 9-13 October, or we can arrange for it to be delivered to you using either Australia Post or a courier service at additional charge. Please let us know by email if you would like us to calculate delivery for you prior to purchase.