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The Design Story: The Endangered Insect Collection

A Statement from the Artist

The Endangered Insect Collection honors the balance of the natural world in our own backyard. Insects and pollinators are the building blocks of our environment, worthy of notice and protection.

BTD Alison and Becky
Engraver, Alison Simmons & Designer, Becky Thatcher
Bracelets in Process


This collection embodies a two year journey to reflect the issues of our time. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind design featuring Becky’s illustrations of six Michigan species captured in oxidized steel.  

The hand-engraving process is reflective of the vulnerability of the imagery it represents. A merger of art and life, where ghostly images convey their imperiled state.




Raising Awareness & Encouraging Meaningful Conversation

Nature’s small creatures-insects and pollinators-are among our endangered and imperiled species. You can help their fight for survival by adding native plants to your garden, removing harmful chemicals and appreciating the biodiversity that supports the splendor that is Michigan. 

To contribute to these efforts, Becky Thatcher Designs is donating 10% of sales from the Endangered Insect Collection to the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy for use in habitat restoration.