Lepiszoulo, by Matthew Williamson and Mat Collishaw
"Mat Collishaw’s hauntingly beautiful Insecticide works are large photographic prints of butterflies and other insects crushed between the glass plates of a 35mm slide. Here Matthew Williamson embellished a butterfly with delicate panels of beading and gems that pick out the highlights of the iridescent scales. Short sections of varying lengths behind every sequin make the beading into a three-dimensional, contoured relief.
The title Lepiszoulo is an invented word from the Greek roots zoulo, to crush, and lepis, meaning flake or scale. It refers to the magnified scales of the butterfly’s wing and the sequin adornment. Collishaw and Williamson discussed ideas for collaborations in the past but these had never been realised until Collusion gave them the opportunity to work together at last.”
Part of the ‘Britain Creates 2012: Fashion + Art Collusion’ Display
At the Victoria and Albert Museum