Looking through a book of Art Nouveau Ironwork gave me the idea of designing a metal house sign based around the theme of butterflies. So i went to look at the butterfly collection at the Manchester Museum. Remind me to never do this again in the school holidays! Despite the hoards of screaming children, i managed to get some good photos for my research. Initially i was more interested in shape, but the beautiful colours and patterns made me think perhaps this could be our first full colour hand painted design?