Dragonflies play a vital role in telling us the health of our natural environments. They can be just as colorful as butterflies and many other insects. The artist brings out the earth tones with a hint of the reds in this piece. The mix of color and design is intricately painted on the frontside of the wings and body. The artist brings out the reflective nature of the wings using capiz shell. <
The basic frame of the dragonfly is created using tin, which is powder-coated with a black finish and makes this piece safe to use outdoors. The edges of the frame are reinforced using thicker tin wire. The front of this piece is adorned in areas with capiz shell, an oyster native to the Philippines, before being hand-painted and sealed with a water-based sealant. The primary purpose of this oyster to provide a source of food, however, the shell is a sustainable by-product that can be used for decoration. The capiz shell subtly replicates the reflective qualities of dragonflies in nature. The entire piece is lightweight and has an eyelet in the back allowing it to be hung using a finishing nail, command strip, or a push pin.
Due to it being a natural material, the organic colors of capiz come through as tans and browns underneath the paint.