In a recent news headline we were all warned of the demise of the natural world and in particular that of invertebrates. They are dying out at a more rapid rate than any other life form and we are hurtling towards a world with few pollinating insects. Surely this will be the end of the world as we know it?
On hearing this shocking news I approached the charity Bug Life and offered to promote their work with the sale of my prints. Having already embarked on a series of tiles based on beetles I decided to extend my interest by designing a series of small lino cuts of the same subject, interested in the visual difference between one medium and another.
Within twenty four hours Bug Life made me a page on their website with a donate button (https://www.buglife.org.uk/anna-raven-beetle-collection-donations) and for every ten pounds donated, I have sent the donor an artists print of a beetle. So far there is a collection off four beetles but this will increase as I become ever more fascinated by the subject.
I have been gratified and encouraged to discover how well received my beetles have been and so far I have raised £430.