Elytra Burgundy

John Moore
Elytra Collection, 2023
Burgundy red aluminium, silver links and catch necklace
L 18 cm

The elytra primarily serve as protective wing-cases for the hindwings underneath, used for flying. Elytra is the entomological name for beetle wings, which inspired this collection. Multiple elytra, made from dyed, anodised aluminium, are clustered together to form overlapping patterns that remind us of fish scales,  flower petals and bird feathers. Earrings can be suspended upside down, causing the elytra to flare outwards, like an open pinecone.


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