These bug characters were designed for the OE14 group exhibition at Endemic World, Auckland. They are influenced by my time in Japan in 2014.

I spent 5 weeks in Japan during June/July 2014. I mainly stayed on the island of Kyushu in a place called Itoshima. Itoshima is a farming community that uses traditional techiques to grow rice, vegetables and an assortment of grains. It was the rainy session while I was  in Japan and I experienced a typhoon during my stay. One of my lasting memories is of cycling through the rice fields while bugs of all sorts dive bombed me from all directions. Since coming back to New Zealand I have been obsessed with drawing weird and wonder filled bug characters. Here is a selection of the bug characters I have designed. See them as part of a mural here.

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