Three years ago I decided to start posting the “Nest Project” on line, well it didn’t happen as I got sidetracked and did not put in the needed effort to compile words with the images. Being seduced by the lure of the tactile I find it much harder to place thoughts and words to the creative nature of the mixed media works than it is to build them. This project was intended to stop after three years, but it seems to have become a continual ongoing experience that alters and changes yet continues to inspire. Now here I am amidst adventuring six plus years into mixed media and textile works that have been inspired due to the three plus years of creating hand-built birds nests that ironically no bird will ever nest in. “Who will hear the last bird sing?” is an ecological project that has held one constant rule, that all media used must be found, recycled, or up-cycled from reuse, thrift stores and garage sales.
So once again I shall begin.
Photographing the nests is in itself another extension of the creative process as set up and lighting need be considered. Thinking about and deciding how to effectively showcase these varied works is not taken lightly, many hours of preparation have gone into the images that will be posted.
The nest on the left built by a Tree Swallow was photographed in a mini-museum at the tourist info booth in Fort Faser BC. The work glove is part of the “Nest Project” created from the thought of who will hold the last bird if we don’t start taking care of the natural environment now. Red embroidery based on a photograph taken of a bird in flight is stitched onto a work glove. Red is used as a symbol of life and life giving.
There are multiple layers of thought that go into the process of creating as there are of viewers interpretation of the work. For example, dependant on ones outlook the glove can represent the idea of industry that destroys natural environments by growing megamono-culture foods dependant on pesticides and herbicides that robs birds of safe nesting sites, security and food… or it can represent what we as a community can do to help birds in their plight by planting native plant gardens. By growing native to your area plants in the city and along roadsides native species of bugs, bees and pollinators as well as birds may be helped to survive.