Artist Delicately Crafts Colorful Insects From Freshly Cut Flowers

By Mandy Froelich / Truth Theory

Beauty is bountiful in the natural world. An artist inspired by this truth is Raku Inoue, who lives in Montreal, Canada.

According to My Modern Met, Inoue uses an assortment of freshly-cut blooms to create beautiful insect sculptures. Each is delicately handcrafted and mimics an insect found in nature. The creatures are ethereal and exhibit the artists’ creative use of materials.

Natura Insects features 9 different types of bugs, including beetles, a butterfly, and even a ladybug. Inoue begins by layering floral elements onto a white piece of paper. He chooses vibrant petals to make the insects “come to life.” Some details – such as antenna, legs, or even pincers – are sculpted from different parts of flowers, such as leaves, fragile stems, and buds.

The unique series encourages observers to shed preconceived notions about insects being “creepy” and “crawly.” In this form, they are both lovely and fascinating. The artist works with a verity of experimental materials and novel mediums. If you would like to view more of his work, you can follow him on Instagram.

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Natura Insects Puebla, Mexico -Series9: "Mini Butterfly" (1/9) I had a pleasure of travelling to Mexico for an assignment this past October. Although, I cannot reveal the project yet it's safe to say that something AWESOME is cooking up in the oven for 2020! I have always dreamed of travelling the World making art so this experience felt just like that: a wonderful dream. – Looking farword to sharing with you this very special project and the amazing team I am working..but for now, please enjoy this series I made in a very historic place: Puebla, Mexico🇲🇽 – – #nature #insects #art #creations #design #creative #Puebla #Mexico #Canada #MTL #Japan #Tokyo #craft #photography

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Natura Insects Puebla, Mexico -Series9: "Cabbage Moth" (2/9) I had a pleasure of travelling to Mexico for an assignment this past October. Although, I cannot reveal the project yet it's safe to say that something AWESOME is cooking up in the oven for 2020! I have always dreamed of travelling the World making art so this experience felt just like that: a wonderful dream. – Looking farword to sharing with you this very special project and the amazing team I am working..but for now, please enjoy this series I made in a very historic place: Puebla, Mexico🇲🇽 – – #nature #insects #art #creations #design #creative #Puebla #Mexico #Canada #MTL #Japan #Tokyo #craft #photography

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Natura Insects Puebla, Mexico -Series9: "Cotztetlana" (3/9) I had a pleasure of travelling to Mexico for an assignment this past October. Although, I cannot reveal the project yet it's safe to say that something AWESOME is cooking up in the oven for 2020! I have always dreamed of travelling the World making art so this experience felt just like that: a wonderful dream. – Looking farword to sharing with you this very special project and the amazing team I am working..but for now, please enjoy this series I made in a very historic place: Puebla, Mexico🇲🇽 – – #nature #insects #art #creations #design #creative #Puebla #Mexico #Canada #MTL #Japan #Tokyo #craft #photography

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Natura Memorial 2020: “Jellyfish” (1/3) – It's been a little more than a year since my step-father passed away in early December 2018. Its crazy to see how much time flies by when Im being propelled by the currents of life. Many things happened since his passing that I wish he was here to witness but that's unrealistic. I sometime find myself reminiscing, looking back when he was well and alive. He lived simply while appreciating the small things of life..I now realize that he taught me immensely without saying a word. His presence, then and now is much heartfelt and he is still being missed. May he rest in peace. – As part of a memorial, I produced a set of three images after Reynald's passing in 2018. An owl symbolizing his wisdom, a rhinoceros beetle for his strength and finally a white tiger capturing his kindness. I was particularly fond of the white tiger and how it shared his blue eyes. Few months later in 2019, The white tiger was featured on the cover of American Crafts April's issue and I'm sure Reynald is looking down on this smiling. Today, a year after, I wish to celebrate this with two new creations as company. Enjoy:) – #nature #art #creative #design #jellyfish #craft #MTL #montreal #Japan #Tokyo #floral #photography #inspiration

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Natura Insects Chocolate Box: "Lavender Truffles" (1/3) Posting the Valentine series a bit earlier this year since I was a day late for my lovebugs in the East last year. Once again, following up 2019's Natura Insects Chocolate Box Series by releasing three new flavors! Let me know which flavor is your favorite! I have also included a preview of last year's set for your pleasure:) – – I met my soulmate about 3 years ago during a BBQ gathering at my friend's house. I remember having a huge crush on her from the first sight and I thought to myself how much I wanted her in my life. I then mustered all courage I had and made my way to her and we started talking. We noticed that we shared the same passionate and driven soul and how we both loved chasing our dreams. Her being an academic and I being an artist, together we have learned to create our own world in which we made our visions come true. – One thing we always talk about is how we contemplated not attending the BBQ since it was a bit far from where we were living at that time. But something pushed both of us to go. Was this meant to be?? is this destiny?? We think so:) – – ***flowers supplied by @lafloretfleurs #valentine #lovebugs #nature #creative #art #design #craft #handmade #photography #chocolatebox #chocolate #MTL #Montreal #Japan #Tokyo

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Natura Insects Chocolate Box: "Chocolat-blanc-à-la-menthe-religieuse" (2/3) Posting the Valentine series a bit earlier this year since I was a day late for my lovebugs in the East last year. Once again, following up 2019's Natura Insects Chocolate Box Series by releasing three new flavors! Let me know which flavor is your favorite! I have also included a preview of last year's set for your pleasure:) – – I met my soulmate about 3 years ago during a BBQ gathering at my friend's house. I remember having a huge crush on her from the first sight and I thought to myself how much I wanted her in my life. I then mustered all courage I had and made my way to her and we started talking. We noticed that we shared the same passionate and driven soul and how we both loved chasing our dreams. Her being an academic and I being an artist, together we have learned to create our own world in which we made our visions come true. – One thing we always talk about is how we contemplated not attending the BBQ since it was a bit far from where we were living at that time. But something pushed both of us to go. Was this meant to be?? is this destiny?? We think so:) – – ***flowers supplied by @floretfleur #valentine #lovebugs #nature #creative #art #design #craft #handmade #photography #chocolatebox #chocolate #MTL #Montreal #Japan #Tokyo

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Natura Insects Chocolate Box: "Citrus Caramel" (3/3) Posting the Valentine series a bit earlier this year since I was a day late for my lovebugs in the East last year. Once again, following up 2019's Natura Insects Chocolate Box Series by releasing three new flavors! Let me know which flavor is your favorite! I have also included a preview of last year's set for your pleasure:) – – I met my soulmate about 3 years ago during a BBQ gathering at my friend's house. I remember having a huge crush on her from the first sight and I thought to myself how much I wanted her in my life. I then mustered all courage I had and made my way to her and we started talking. We noticed that we shared the same passionate and driven soul and how we both loved chasing our dreams. Her being an academic and I being an artist, together we have learned to create our own world in which we made our visions come true. – One thing we always talk about is how we contemplated not attending the BBQ since it was a bit far from where we were living at that time. But something pushed both of us to go. Was this meant to be?? is this destiny?? We think so:) – – ***flowers supplied by @lafloretfleurs #valentine #lovebugs #nature #creative #art #design #craft #handmade #photography #chocolatebox #chocolate #MTL #Montreal #Japan #Tokyo

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