Enchanted Ephemera From Moth & Myth {Giveaway!} | Haute Macabre

Enchanted Ephemera From Moth & Myth {Giveaway!}

Life: a solitary butterfly
swaying unsteadily on a slender stalk of grass,
nothing more. But ah! so exquisite!
 Nishiyama Soin

On the one-ton temple bell
a moon-moth, folded into sleep,
sits still.
-Yosa Buson

Will we meet again?
Here at your flowering grave:
two white butterflies
– Matsuo Basho

Life, death, stolen naps, spring blossoms, and everything fleeting, ephemeral,and in between–are any of these metaphors or metamorphoses complete without a mention of our fragile, fluttering lepidopteran friends? Fortunately for fans of of these exquisite but evanescent insects, Moth and Myth seeks to capture their beauty and transience in a slightly more permanent form through sustainable and cruelty free products, in the hopes of building a world of unique objects which inspire and delight others.


In 2015, artist Redd Walitzki began creating an assortment of paper butterflies to use for a painting reference, as realistic artificial butterflies for this purpose were virtually impossible to find, and real specimens either too delicate, or–strange to say– not life-like enough! These papery flutterers worked wonderfully as intended, and she began to use them for other art projects, and also wore them to events and on different costumes. Friends and other artists loved them so much that it only made sense to begin selling them in limited batches. Soon afterward, other artists and crafters responded so positively to these enchanting paper-moths and butterflies, that Redd began to offer them for sale for others to use and enjoy as well.

Moth and Myth has since become renowned for producing cruelty-free and vegan designs showcasing the unique bounty of moths and butterflies; they have been featured in a variety of media outlets, including Martha Stewart Living Magazine. Now co-run by Redd Walitzki and fellow artist and friend, Kari-Lise Alexander, the brand continues to grow and offer a variety of beautiful items inspired by insects and other fascinating life-forms.


Both artists have a lifelong fondness of moths and other lepidoptera. Through the years they’ve known each other, Redd and Kari-Lise have shared a love of painting and observing these beautiful winged creatures; they have raised and traded specimens, and even started a secret ‘Amateur Insect Society’ with some fellow artists. “Our obsession with bugs”, they note, “is definitely a wonderful component of our friendship!”

Moth and Myth believes in the importance of empowering other creatives through their designs. Their moths and butterflies have been included in floral designs, special events decor, fashion photography and more. Redd emphasizes that, “…one of the reasons our creations have been so popular is because the door is really wide open for how you can decide to use or display them!” She further remarks that, “It’s often surprised us, to see all the incredible things our fans come up with–from using them in fantasy-photo shoots, to encasing them in resin (even a handmade cutting board!) to including them in delicate floral arrangements. There is no ‘correct use’…whatever project seems to call for a lovely moth or butterfly is perfect!”

What’s particularly lovely is that because Moth & Myth’s creations are from printed paper, they are cruelty-free and vegan. Those amongst us who adore surrounding ourselves with splendid, charming things but who may not feel comfortable having a dead specimen in our collection, can still enjoy them! Also, as lovers of beautiful design, Redd and Kari-Lise have made the packaging quite pleasing on its own–you don’t necessarily have to take the butterflies out of the package, you can just display them as you would a print! Additionally, Redd reveals that they especially love it when people build entomology shadow-boxes and bell-jars with them (since they look so real!) And if you, like me, are intrigued by this idea but aren’t terribly creative or handy, they do sell a few bell-jars options as well.

Moth & Myth have recently released their Antiquarian Collection, with inspiration hailing from “…entomology cases preserved in dusty attics, moth wings faded with time to a ghostly whisper. Each specimen was once a bright jewel, brought to a Wunderkammer from far across the world. Yet the ages reduce even the most brilliant jewels to shadows, and each moth in this set is now a pale reflection of its living self. This pallor lends them an ethereal beauty, and their cream and rust colored wings shine brilliantly in any specimen case. ”

The creators behind Moth & Myth shared with us how lucky they feel that their passion-project is resonating so strongly with the community, and that they always love to hear from their fans and see how you’ve used their moths and butterflies!

“If there’s a species you want us to make, or a project with our moths that you’re proud of, please send it to us! We’re excited to see what heights Moth & Myths will fly to, and hope to take on even more large-scale projects like including them in botanical installations, or pairing them with fashion designs and event production in the future! Moths spend most of their life-cycle as ever-growing caterpillars, and hopefully we’ll always be like that, on our way to transforming into whatever magical idea this can become.”

 Moth & Myth has generously teamed up with Haute Macabre for a wonderful giveaway! Three lucky winners will each receive an “Autumn” moth pack, seen in the image directly above. To enter to win one of these packs, follow Moth & Myth and Haute Macabre on Instagram, and leave a comment here on the blog!

Three winners will be picked from the comments here one week from today on Monday, April 8, 2019!

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  1. Near my home, there is a local monarch sanctuary which will be participating in a butterfly release within the spiritual community of Lily Dale, New York. Recently an acquaintance unexpectedly passed in a car accident. Butterflies can be sponsored in lieu of memories to be released during the event. Such a lovely commemoration

  2. Beautiful detailing … My son and I spent the full moon August 2011 on our first moth study/hunt and it was the best memory I have of my lifetime. I love their big bodies and that they are so many colors I had no clue of – I assumed they were all grey. It became the centerpiece of healing from childhood trauma in that whole education that night. I loved reading all the connections many have to them, too. xx

  3. Amazing? I too am obsessed with insects. When I first saw these on instagram, I had no idea they were paper because of how real they looked! Wonderful creations.

  4. Such lovely, delicate creations! I am so grateful to have come across this via Haute Macabre today, just when I needed a spiritual lift! Best of luck to all ?

  5. So pretty 🙂 I ordered some of her moths awhile ago just waiting to get them in the mail. Wonderful work.

  6. These are absolutely stunning! I’ve always been drawn to butterflies and moths and especially the symbolism of rebirth. Thank you, Haute Macabre, for turning me on to another amazing artist.

  7. I only recently discovered I was charmed by colorful moths and butterflies… and now I am a little bit obsessed with these lovely paper art ones! Thank you for offering the giveaway. IG @curatrix111 <3

  8. I have loved the splendor that is Moth and Myth for ages now!! The beauty and decadence they can create are magnificent!!

  9. My daughter would love these. Lately we’ve spent all out time learning about moths and butterflies. It’s amazing getting to watch another person learn about all the beautiful, fleeting moments in life.

  10. “But on paper, things can live forever.
    On paper, a butterfly never dies.”
    -Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming

    Beautiful work! You should be very proud of it!

    insta: mcgilllllla

  11. What beautiful creatures! I’m so relieved to know that not every moth or butterfly specimen I see has to actually be a dead insect but could instead be an exquisite imposter. I worry about whether or not specimens are being ethically sourced, and paper is the most ethical source – what a wonderful product!

  12. I am a lifelong lover of butterflies! These wonderful creations are nothing less than exquisite!! I would love to win this wonderful set! Thank you for having this fabulous giveaway!

  13. One of my favourite books as a child was Girl of the Limberlost by Stratton-Porter, wonderful book , loads of f references to moths, some very sad. Beautiful and would look stunning with my bedroom collection of oddities ??

  14. This is such a great giveaway idea because now I’ve become familiar with Moth & Myth and your blog! And I love it all! Entered the giveaway, fingers crossed. 🙂

  15. I love that the moths and other delicate creatures look so lifelike but that they are entirely cruelty free. The new Antiquarian Collection is stunning! The Autumn’ Cecropia and the ‘Fire’ Hercules sets are two of my favorites.

  16. Thank @hautemacabre for continually introducing so many gorgeous, high quality products. Now following Moth & Myths avidly!