If you have ever seen any of Shawn Davis’ work, you’ll know how extreme his jewelery quality flies are. The minute details he adds like the micro S & D on the heads of flies, artistic designs and imaginative displays are matched by none. You can view a selection of his work in the gallery here. His newest creation, Rumpelstiltskin is truly something to behold. You can read the entire story of the fly complete with gallery and his artistic vision on Shawn’s site, or view the process on http://theanthropologist.net on the wonderful slide presentation.
When I first envisioned this fly, I was focused on the transition from straw to gold. I saw dozens of strands of straw magically transitioning into strands of gold. Then I began seeing the materials twisting and weaving together. The vision began to take shape: I would disguise a hook in such a deceptive swirling web of gold and straw that fish or human would have to exercise extreme prudence to avoid being lured in by its beauty to its dangerous point.