Small Nests

Small Nest Making in the Commons

The small nests were created with the participation of students at West Marin Elementary School and community volunteers during Jane Ingram Allen’s artist-in-residency project in Point Reyes September 5 – 25, 2013. Families, children and volunteers who visited the Point Reyes Station Commons made many small nests and handmade paper feathers to line the nests.

Students from West Marin School Making Small Nests

Students from West Marin School are gathered together to make small nests from olive and willow branches.

Starting a Small Nest

A West Marin student is beginning a nest by using willow. and other plant material.

Two Younger Students Making Small Nests

The nests are made by connecting previously made small rings from willow, olive wisteria, and honey suckle.

Diana Marto Checking a Small Nest

Diana, one of the volunteers is checking a completed small nest.

Jane Ingram Allen Dipping Her Nest into Paper Pulp

Once completed, nests could be dipped into paper pulp to give them a more organic look and to put some bird seed into the nest. The bird seed was floating in the vat of pulp.

A Large Small Nest Being Made in the Commons

Many visitors to the Point Reyes Station Commons made small nests. This nest kept getting larger and larger.

Dipping a Small Nest

One woman was dipping the small nest she made at the Commons as two others watched.

A Small Nest Fully Dipped in Pulp

This small nest is being fully dipped in a vat of paper pulp. The pulp is made from various plant fibers and bird seed was added.

 

Jane is covering a small nest she made with wet handmade paper. The paper was made from the same pulp that the nests were dipped into.

Jane is covering a small nest she made with wet handmade paper. The paper was made from the same pulp that the nests were dipped into.

 

Small Nests in the Commons

These are few of the small nests that were made by students at the West Marin School and visitors to the Commons. Some were dipped into a vat of blue pulp from cut up and beaten blue jeans. There 72 small nests that were made.

 

Small Nest on the Rail

This is one of the small nests put on the hand rail outside of the Route One Gallery.

 

Small Nest in a Tree

Small nests were put into the trees and other locations along Route 1 from the Route One Gallery to the Commons.

 

The Small Eagle's Nest

Most of the small nests were small but a couple were very large. This large one was put up in a large tree near the Wells Fargo Bank.

 

 

 

 

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Feathers

Feathers Hanging to Dry

The handmade paper feathers are made from pulp created with local plant waste materials (leaves and bark) and have seeds to feed the birds in the pulp. 7 local plants were used to make the handmade paper for this project, and the birdseeds are the blend called “No Mess” because the seeds do not sprout.  The children and adults wrote wishes for the earth and made drawings on the handmade paper feathers they created to hang on the “Nest” at the opening celebration on September 22.

Many Hands Pressing Feathers

Students from West Marin Elementary School making feathers outside their art room.

West Marin School Students Watching

Students watching as a fellow student makes feathers from pulp from local plants.

Jane Ingram Allen Showing How to Make Paper Feathers

Handmade feathers were made by visitors to the Point Reyes Station Commons.

Blue Feathers Being Made

Some of the feathers were made from cut up blue jean cotton fabric.

Family Ready to Make Paper Feathers

A family from San Francisco was visiting Point Reyes and after a demonstration from Jane were ready to make feathers

Feather Frame in the Blue Pulp Vat

Someone is dipping the frame with the feather pattern in to the vat that has the cut up blue jean fabric to make handmade feathers.

A Father and Daughter Making Paper Together

Families really enjoyed working together to make handmade paper feathers.

Even Two Year Olds Were Making Paper

Madeline is working with this two year old to make paper feathers. Her father is proudly looking on.

Writing and Painting on the Dried Feathers

After the feathers were dry, visitors could draw and/or write messages on them. They then were hung on the large nest or attached to one of the small nests.

Writing on the Feather With Walnut Ink

Here a woman decides to write a message on a handmade paper feather using natural walnut ink.

For the Birds

Student's Hands from West Marin School

“For the Birds” Public Art Project with Gallery Route One, Point Reyes Station, CA, September 5-25, 2013

This artist-in-residency and public art project included the creation of a large bio-degradable nest sculpture of branches and handmade paper feathers in the Commons and the making of many small nests installed in trees along the main street in Point Reyes Station, CA.  The artworks were created with the participation of students at West Marin Elementary School and community volunteers during Jane Ingram Allen’s artist-in-residency project in Point Reyes September 5 – 25, 2013. The children and volunteers worked with the artist to construct the large nest in the Commons and make many handmade paper feathers to line this nest as well as constructing smaller nests also lined with the handmade paper feathers. The handmade paper feathers are made from pulp created with local plant waste materials (leaves and bark) and have seeds to feed the birds in the pulp. 7 local plants were used to make the handmade paper for this project, and the birdseeds are the blend called “No Mess” because the seeds do not sprout.  The children and adults wrote wishes for the earth and made drawings on the handmade paper feathers they created to hang on the “Nest” at the opening celebration on September 22.  This art project was completed on September 22, and the handmade paper feathers tied onto the “Nests” for the birds to eat. The public art installation will be on view until December 1, 2013, or until it disappears as compost. It is hoped that this public art installation will raise more public awareness about birds in Point Reyes and the importance of preserving habitat and a clean environment “for the birds” as well as humans.

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