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 are gathered together to make small nests from olive and willow branches.
A West Marin student is beginning a nest by using willow. and other plant material.
The nests are made by connecting previously made small rings from willow, olive wisteria, and honey suckle.
Diana, one of the volunteers is checking a completed small nest.
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.
Many visitors to the Point Reyes Station Commons made small nests. This nest kept getting larger and larger.
One woman was dipping the small nest she made at the Commons as two others watched.
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.
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.
This is one of the small nests put on the hand rail outside of the Route One Gallery.
Small nests were put into the trees and other locations along Route 1 from the Route One Gallery to the Commons.
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.