I designed this oversized dragonfly to have a fantasy, fairy-tale quality because we tend to look at dragonflies in nature with a sense of wonder. That sense of wonder is seen in the mythological stories from cultures around the world. Dragonflies are found in mythological tales from China and Japan to England and Sweden, to various Native American tribes and beyond. Dragonflies begin their lives swimming in water and as adults rise up into the air to fly. Because of this metamorphosis, the dragonfly shares the butterfly’s symbolism of immortality and regeneration, and is symbolically associated with transformation, change, and adaptability. In western art dragonflies have long been a favored motif in realistic renderings, as well as the stylized and conventionalized designs that were popular during the Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts periods. This design grew out of my personal interest in the Arts & Crafts periods and was directly inspired by the paintings of Gustav Klimt and the visual esthetic of Wiener Werkstätte artisans like Josef Hoffmann. The shapes on the wings were adapted from the Klimt mural, the Tree of Life. The entire sculpture was crocheted with yarns that vary greatly in thickness, sheen, fiber content, and texture. I carefully selected this variety so that the dragonfly, while being stylized, would also exhibit a slight randomness to suggest its organic nature as well.