Wednesday, December 30, 2009

wasp nests

These are exquisite. Wasps nests are a form of paper made from wood pulp mixed with wasp saliva and layered into a nest. Why do I love them so much? All my favourite materials and forms...paper, wood, pulp, bodily fluids :), layers, nests. And in such a fragile form. How can you not be moved by them!






And the textures and layers and composition in these larger ones are truly abstract works of art.




6 comments:

Jo Horswill said...

Hi Kate...isn't Mother Nature something all artists need to love and adore!
I love what Matisse quoted;

"everything that will let him become one with Nature, identify himself with her, by entering into the things - which is what I call Nature - that arouse his feelings."

I found a huge nest once, so I know what they feel like too. This one is beautiful! Jo xx

lynne h said...

ah, i love them and they move me to no end, kate... do you know that i saw that tiny nest in the sidebar on my blog and my heart jumped. i recognized it instantly. : ) xo

kate said...

jo...love the quote. May there be more wasp nests in your future!

lynne...so glad I could surprise you with an "old friend". They are absolutely wonderful and the smallest one is my favourite. It's absolutely perfect. Thank you.

layers said...

Yes, I also love wasp nests-- abandoned ones though :-)
and seed pods and all nature based-- for the textures and cycles.

Caroline said...

I'd never seen one up close. Amazing that a single word would be able to hold the gyrations and flight and sticking and poking and sealing that goes into it. The photo are so well done.

CTStudios said...

I just stumbled across your blog with my 'next blog' button, and WOW, how intriguing. I'm going to have to set aside some time and weed back aways. I see you haven't posted in sometime ... hope your continue again.