2019 Club Theme 1Our theme for 2019 will be Maria Sibylla Merian’s Garden Flowers. Maria Sibylla Merian (1647–1717) was a German-born naturalist and scientific illustrator. She was one of the first naturalists to observe insects directly. She painted from life, published her own books of embroidery patterns and scientific studies, and travelled with her daughter to South America to learn about plants and insects there.

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Maria Sibylla Merian (2 April 1647 – 13 January 1717[1]) was a German-born naturalist and scientific illustrator, a descendant of the Frankfurt branch of the Swiss Merian family. Merian was one of the first naturalists to observe insects directly.

Merian received her artistic training from her stepfather, Jacob Marrel, a student of the still life painter Georg Flegel. Merian published her first book of natural illustrations in 1675. She had started to collect insects as an adolescent and at age thirteen she raised silk worms. In 1679 Merian published the first volume of a two-volume series on caterpillars, the second volume followed in 1683. Each volume contained 50 plates engraved and etched by Merian. Merian documented evidence on the process of metamorphosis and the plant hosts of 186 European insect species. Along with the illustrations Merian included a descriptions of their life cycles.

2019 Club Theme 2In 1699 Merian travelled to Dutch Surinam to study and record the tropical insects. In 1705 she published Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium. Few colour images of the New World were printed before 1700 and thus Merian’s Metamorphosis has been credited with influencing a range of naturalist illustrators. Because of her careful observations and documentation of the metamorphosis of the butterfly, she is considered by David Attenborough[2] to be among the most significant contributors to the field of entomology. She was a leading entomologist of her time and she discovered many new facts about insect life through her studies.[3]

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7 Responses to 2019 Club Theme
  1. This is awesome! I love your unique ideas and I’m hoping I can join the club.

  2. My package arrived today. It was fun to open. Now I need to decide – finish my Franklin Habit KAL. Will we get an email when the pattern is posted to Ravelry. At least I found my swift and ball winder.

    • We’re shipping the last batch of packages today. Then I’ll be away teaching for a week, but Dom will be watching this group and Ravelry. I was thinking I should put the pattern on Ravelry after everyone receives their packages. What do you think?

      • Donna,

        I think what is most convenient for you. If all packages have shipped then I would go ahead and put it up now before you leave for teaching. People will get the notice that their package has shipped so they know it will be arriving soon.


  3. I got my package today! It’s so wonderful, I read the booklet with a cup of tea and decided to send the beautiful watercolor to my best friend as she loves yellow flowers. Maria’s story is fascinating. My beau’s dad is from Surinam, and moved to his family’s farm near Amsterdam where they grew tulips and had a windmill. I am looking forward to sharing this with both him and his dad.

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