InsectArtByCath

Cath Hodsman, Insect Art Studio

Minchinhampton, England
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Announcement    Important announcement. Due to Brexit, unfortunately, I am no longer able to send goods to the EU.

I'm an entomological (insects) artist, illustrator and teacher. That means I'm passionate about insects and their conservation.

I'm based in the Cotswolds, England, I've exhibited; showcased; or taught my insect art at many relevant venues throughout my career, including the Queens Gallery, Buckingham Palace, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, R.H.S Wisley and the Natural History Museum, London.

I believe that the best way to celebrate the importance and relevance of insects in a happy, healthy ecology, is to capture their micro beauty and anatomical intricacy using detailed artwork. I use microscopes in my work in order to capture beauty that is invisible to us.

I also aim to paint in the style of the Old Masters, who went to such lengths to pay homage to the natural world through the medium of art. I adore the precision and intricacy of artists such as Albrecht Durer, Maria Merian, Robert Hooke and Leonardo da Vinci.

Please browse my shop to see how I celebrate the largest and most successful group of animals on earth.

For more information about my art, work and the projects I'm involved with, please visit:
my website on www.cathhodsmanwildlifeartist.com
or visit my Twitter page on @CathHodsman Cath Hodsman, Insect Art

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Last updated on 15 Nov, 2021

Important announcement. Due to Brexit, unfortunately, I am no longer able to send goods to the EU.

I'm an entomological (insects) artist, illustrator and teacher. That means I'm passionate about insects and their conservation.

I'm based in the Cotswolds, England, I've exhibited; showcased; or taught my insect art at many relevant venues throughout my career, including the Queens Gallery, Buckingham Palace, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, R.H.S Wisley and the Natural History Museum, London.

I believe that the best way to celebrate the importance and relevance of insects in a happy, healthy ecology, is to capture their micro beauty and anatomical intricacy using detailed artwork. I use microscopes in my work in order to capture beauty that is invisible to us.

I also aim to paint in the style of the Old Masters, who went to such lengths to pay homage to the natural world through the medium of art. I adore the precision and intricacy of artists such as Albrecht Durer, Maria Merian, Robert Hooke and Leonardo da Vinci.

Please browse my shop to see how I celebrate the largest and most successful group of animals on earth.

For more information about my art, work and the projects I'm involved with, please visit:
my website on www.cathhodsmanwildlifeartist.com
or visit my Twitter page on @CathHodsman Cath Hodsman, Insect Art

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About InsectArtByCath

Sales 282
On Etsy since 2020

Why six legs are better than two....or four.

I have been an entomological artist for 11 years. This means I use art to pay homage and to celebrate the beauty and importance of insects.

I am nutty about all things 6-legged. Insects are so beautiful, so elusive, so varied, important, tough, tenacious etc etc...And they look fabulous in a painting!

Over the last decade, I have done all the usual things that artists do to promote their work: I have shared the ethos behind my art to whoever stands still long enough to listen: - I've exhibited my insect art all over the country; I've taught insect art to fellow bug enthusiasts in many relevant venues, such as Kew Gardens and so on; I've sold my work, such as prints, cards and original paintings; I've also given talks to groups/on the radio/on telly about my love of insects and how and why I use art to celebrate them.

In the last 5 years or so, most of my daily work settled into teaching insect art. This included studying the wonderful and infinitely fascinating anatomy of insects. These lively and unique art sessions used my microscopes and ethically sourced specimens to take folks into the unseen and fascinating world of bugs - such fun and very popular with participants. An opportunity for folks to spend time with like-minded souls. These insect/art workshops took me all over the country...until Covid-19 popped up on the horizon...

The post-Covid world meant that my teaching sessions were no longer viable. It forced me
to take stock of my career and my work and the options open to me. Etsy had been at the back of my mind for a while, but I had no space in my schedule to launch a comprehensive on-line shop. The break in my normal daily artistic activities meant that I had the gift of time to design and set up an Etsy insect and art-lovers bug shop...and then to see how it went....

I grasped the opportunity with both hands. I spent hours taking new photos of my paintings, prints, greetings cards etc. I uploaded everything and then launched my new shop, InsectArtByCath. I even designed new ranges, such as my collection of ethical butterfly domes, using the digital images taken from my original butterfly paintings.

To my amazement, it caught on! And I haven't looked back. Any artist will tell you that when anyone buys your stuff, you're amazed and infinitely appreciative of the support and recognition of your passion and work. It has been so uplifting to feel that I am still getting my insect conservation message "out there".

I'm still developing my shop, which is all very exciting. It's great to have control over a concept that feels so fresh. It's such a fantastic way to continue to celebrate my passion - to use art (and Etsy) to celebrate the importance and beauty of insects. The largest and most successful group of animals on Earth.....

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  • Cath Hodsman

    Owner, Artist

    My name is Cath Hodsman (AMRSB). I'm a member of a small collection of full-time entomological artists in the U.K. I believe the best way to celebrate the importance and relevance of insects is to capture their micro beauty in detailed paintings.

Production partners

  • B&M Retail

    Dublin, Ireland

    They stock these contemporary floating glass frames that I mount my art into.

  • Cotswold Mounts

    Cheltenham, England

    Cotswold Mounts provide me with the mounts, backing boards and bags for my print and paintings.

  • Craft UK Ltd

    Bradford, England

    This company supply me with my brown envelopes

  • Facsim Printing

    Cirencester, England

    They take my original paintings and scan them for me and reproduce them as either prints, greetings cards, or postcards.

  • Saunders Waterford watercolour paper

    Wells, England

    Saunders Waterford produce the high quality watercolour paper that I chose to produce my art on.

  • Unique Point

    Hong Kong

    This production partner supplies me with my floating glass frames.

  • Vistaprint

    London, England

    Vistaprint is a global, e-commerce company that produces physical and digital marketing products for small and micro businesses. It offers its customers the capabilities of desktop publishing through the internet. They put my art "Butterflies in the Round" onto this notebook.

  • Wallspace

    Cam, England

    They make the frames and some of the mounts for my art

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Last updated on 19 Oct, 2020

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Last updated on 10 May, 2022

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Digital prints and original watercolours need to be kept away from direct sunlight, in order to preserve colour brightness.

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