Romantic tapestries find new life in the delicately stitched creations of Larysa Bernhardt. The Missouri-based artist uses found materials with distinct vintage designs as the inspiration for plush moth sculptures that can just as easily fit in your arms as they can decorate the walls of your home.
The idea for this unlikely partnership came from Bernhardt's longtime fascination with nostalgic textiles. To make sure they stay in good condition, she habitually checks for moth larvae in the folds of the cloth. This ritual triggered the idea of merging the delicate cloth fabric with its natural “enemy.” As a result, the artist also discovered a new love and appreciation for the winged insect. “The way moths tirelessly and fearlessly reach for the light inspires me,” Bernhardt tells to My Modern Met.
From Medieval and Renaissance figures to richly colored blooms to a yellow beaded sun, the breadth of different tapestry designs is reflected in her moth menagerie. “I don’t ‘hunt' my materials, I let them ‘happen' to me,” she continues. “I can walk by a beautiful tapestry and feel unmoved, or I can fall in love with it. There must be a connection, tugging-of-the-heart strings. I can get inspired by different things. A purse, porcelain cameo, string of pearls. Carriage blanket, antique tablecloth, embroidered bell pull. They tell stories, and it’s never-ending.”