Elmer and the Butterflies

The Details

Name: Elmer and the Butterflies

Location: St. Anne's Catherdral

Created by: Rachel Devlin

Design Inspiration

Elmer is painted in a soft blue background colour, representing the sky, and covered with colourful Irish butterflies and moths. I was inspired by how important it’s been to so many of us to spend time in nature during the stresses of the pandemic, and for those of us who were able to slow down during lockdown, that seeing a butterfly during time outside felt like a little bit of magic away from Covid. In Elmer’s story, being uniquely patterned and standing out from others is shown as a wonderful thing to embrace being yourself – each butterfly and moth is uniquely beautiful, but they all come together in a colourful nature-inspired pattern. I hope my design can also inspire children seeing Elmer covered in our native butterflies and moths to spark an interest in their natural world around them, and show them the wonderful & precious natural resources we have right here in our home.

About the Artist

Rachel Devlin is an illustrator & designer-maker living in Belfast. Since graduating in Fine Art (Printmaking) Rachel has worked mostly in either freelance art & graphic design, the media or her own design business with customers all over the world, UK stockists & a stall at Belfast’s award-winning St. George’s Market, selling illustrated cards, stationery, art prints & homewares. Inspired mostly by nature and colour Rachel works mostly in watercolours, gouache, pencil & digital illustration. Past clients include Belfast City Council, Lisburn City & Castlereagh Council, Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council, East Belfast Enterprise, University of Leeds and many independent UK & Irish businesses and private commissions. When she’s not drawing Rachel loves museums, music,
books, endless cups of tea, pottering in the garden or walks in nature.

Find out more at: racheldevlin.co.uk | Instagram

Elmer's Big Belfast Trail 2022