Saturday, May 24, 2008

Precious



I started this nest a few weeks ago and finished it this morning. I wanted to create a nest that didn't reflect a particular bird but rather all birds and the importance in which I hold them. Birds are much more than pretty additions to our gardens, they are important to our environment in terms of pest eradication, natural seed dispersal and pollination. This is my 'treasure nest' and I have chosen purple wool to reflect reverence and the jewels and other fibres to reflect their status in my heart.
I find this nest making very therapeutic, the feel of the fibres and the means to express my thoughts and feelings. I am sure there's a connection between my nest making and my piling, they have the same sort of effect on my soul but I haven't quite put my finger on what that connection is yet. I guess it doesn't matter if I don't, as long as they continue to be a source of bliss!

This nest also reflects the direction in which I will take with my birds egg book. It's funny how using the word 'fetus' instead of 'baby bird' tends to create a feeling of something a bit yucky and uncomfortable. It also implies that the bird is dead instead of just visible through the shell. Sometimes I think it's good to have art that's a little confronting but I'm not out to achieve that. Instead I want to create a bird (inside the egg) that reflects the fact that they are precious to me and are a very important part of my culture and heritage. Now I just need to find the materials...
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6 comments:

Neda said...

This looks like such a fun project! I love the pink and I volunteer to model this nest as the next "hot fashion hat! Tee hee !

Hope all of you are doing well :)

The Artful Eye said...

conflict and confrontation are good. this will test us.
I see fetus as alive but not fully developed, and baby bird as alive but in infant development,only dead when they fall from their nest and meet the ground.

Your new nest is for royalty. Incredible. I love what you are doing.

Nora said...

It's a very lovely nest, Lisa. So well done and so comfortable looking. You do excel at them. You are the master nest weaver.

John said...

Fetus the word is most commonly linked to abortions and there lies the association, although every mammal and birds, frogs go through those changes.

The nest is attractive and feminine which gives moi an alien feeling - something that I am not or was trained to shun. Not kidding here. So something this feminine is confrontational in an odd way to me. Make sense?

Bev said...

I love the way you have incorporated pearls in your 'precious' nest. But the nest also looks substantially woven and not at all flimsy, so would not come apart easily like a pearl necklace would, so is not 'precious' in the other meaning of the word.

Frances said...

it is very powerful and somehow scary as fetishes sometimes are. Waiting for the foetus maybe?