Recently, the Manchester Museum’s Entomology Department was visited by Miss Frances Rocco, a third-year art student from the MMU. Frances just started her final year at the university and is thinking of using our collections for her final project. She spent over two weeks working in the Entomology Department, examining and drawing various bugs: bees, wasps and even spiders. Here are some of her thoughts about possible prospects of what would be possible to do with insects.
“I have been visiting the Manchester Museum’s entomology department to study and draw the various insects for my third year of university. I have always had an interest in science and in my second year of university developed an interest in the world of insects. From going to Manchester Museum I have been able to create in depth drawings which have far more value due to them being drawn from direct observation. Using the specimens from the collection has given me an array of drawings, from viewing the insects as they are in a drawer or in a jar to zooming in on the smallest wasps on the microscope. As this is just the beginning of my final year, I have started with basic pen and pencil drawings, looking at the insects shape, their negative space and in detail. At the minute I am looking into wasps and spiders, chosen them for no particular reason other than preference. Alongside my drawings I am researching various aspects of the lives of wasps and spiders, to find a pattern I can formulate into an equation. For example, how a spider goes about making a web or how social wasps make a nest. From here I hope to take my findings into stitch, print and electronics.”
I want to thank Frances for sharing her impressions with me.