Art on Silk

Art on Silk

Cornelia Hesse-Honegger

Art on Silk presents the silk prints and garments of Cornelia Hesse-Honegger alongside the sketches and watercolors from which they were produced.



Title Information

Essays by Cornelia Hesse-Honegger and Gottfried Honegger

1st edition

, 2008

Text English and German


128 pages, 98 color illustrations

23 x 26 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-203-2


“I married, raised two sons, lived with my family on the outskirts of Zürich on a wonderful piece of earth. It was here that I made my first drawings of insects. What fascinated me above all were the myriad shapes and colors of true bugs (Heteroptera). This is how I discovered a world that these days we unfortunately do not take seriously enough and thus still endanger its existence. I collected, observed, lived with my microscope in a world without vice, in a world of pure beauty.” Cornelia Hesse Honegger


Swiss artist Cornelia Hesse Honegger (*1944) has been renowned since the 1980s for her lifelike images of insects, animals, minerals, and plants. She was catapulted onto the international stage when the Swiss fashion houses Akris and Fabric Frontline began to use her enchanting drawings as patterns for their luxurious silk fabrics, showcasing her work in expensive boutiques around the world. The first book of its kind, Art on Silk presents examples of this aspect of her work in a resplendent panorama.
Inspired by her fascination with and respect for the world of insects, Hesse-Honegger began to recreate, with the passion of an artist and precision of a scientific illustrator, the countless shapes and colors of beetles and other bugs. The results, lavishly reproduced here, are naturalistic drawings and watercolors characterized by a minute attention to detail and a captivating aura.

Authors & Editors

Cornelia Hesse-Honegger

Gottfried Honegger