Caroline Parrott, who specialises in aluminium jewellery and sculpture at Wimborne’s historic Walford Mill, has seen her canine creation, Papillon, raise much needed funds for local charity Julia’s House. Choosing a butterfly theme, a symbol of hope and change for children’s hospices, Caroline hand cut, decorated and fixed 3864 aluminium butterflies to Papillon’s body which stands more than two metres high.
Taking over a year to complete in the back garden of her house while Caroline was still occupied with regular studio work, Papillon was voted best in the show at the recent Julia’s House Big Dog Art Trail and raised £5,400 for the charity when auctioned at the grand finale.
When laid out flat, Caroline says the butterflies used would take up the same length as twenty-six Boeing 747s parked nose to tail. “I set myself a big creative goal; it took blood, sweat and tears and I am immensely proud of Papillon”.
In her seventeen years in residence at Walford Mill Crafts, Caroline’s work has raised more than £62,000 for charity. Fortunately, visitors will still be able to see butterflies among the many other pieces on display in her workshop – The Nutty Parrott Studio, within the charity run arts and crafts complex which offers free entry to the public Wednesday to Sunday, 10am – 5pm, every week.