Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Avian Architecture

I have been collecting birds' nests for about 8 years now and I have 8 in total. Guess it must be the chick in me hahaha. It first started with a magpie nest found on the ground, at the base of a tree, and neither egg nor bird were anywhere to be seen. So I took it. And then I found more and then my family found more and gifted their finds to me.

A nest is an awesome piece of engineering - sturdy enough to support the live and dead loads of birds + eggs, as well as stiff enough to resist wind loads, inclement weather, and keep the young eggs warm.

I have nests of varying sizes and shapes and I'm drawn to fabrics that reflect the patterns and texture of the nests, browns and coffees and bark colours.

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