Lily Greenwood is currently a tenant at Manchester Craft & Design Centre (UK) housing two floors of contemporary studios open to the public 6 days a week. Work is made and sold on-site. Lily has been...
The upward motion of butterflies embodies energy, vitality, positivity, and joy. Set to a bold yet calming blue background, with black and white drawn detail.
Lily has developed a unique way of working, using her own paintings as collage material on a canvas. Butterflies are meticulously painted, reproduced, and cut by hand, ready to use on a canvas. The background is painted with acrylics giving strong colour. The use of collage allows the freedom to play with the composition in a way which would otherwise be impossible, allowing quick changes until a design is settled upon. When the butterflies are fixed in place, washes of ink have been applied, followed by carefully drawn details. Finally, a glossy varnish enhances colours, adds protection, and offers an opulent shine.
Nature is common to all of Lily's work, however she would never claim to offer gritty realism - 'it's more like focusing on an aspect of its beauty and running with it, seeing where it can be taken. I like to keep things simple, and to me that means trying to create something which people can hopefully take some pleasure and enjoyment from'.