The Monarchs + Milkweed scarf was inspired by Elise’s personal experience in her Northern Michigan backyard. Taken by the beauty of monarch butterflies traversing through on a sunny Fall afternoon, Elise was moved to learn more about their visit. It turns out that her home was a perfect pit stop along the Monarch’s great 1,900-mile annual winter migration route to Mexico. They often travel in groups numbering into the thousands and they found this preferred perch due to its abundance of milkweed plants.
Monarch butterflies lay their eggs exclusively on milkweed plants, and caterpillars eat only milkweed as food. Her new understanding of this symbiotic relationship became Elise’s inspiration for this scarf concept. The milkweed images are photos of the actual milkweed plants in her yard and the monarch wings are her hand drawn illustrations. Combined in a whimsical way that is signature to Elise’s work, these design elements create a scarf full of movement, life, and natural beauty.