||Philosopher Gaston Bachelard celebrates the "naïve wonder we used to feel when we found a nest. This wonder is lasting, and today when we discover a nest it takes us back to our childhood or, rather, to a childhood; to the childhoods we should have had." Ise use the nest as a metaphor in my art with the hope of evoking some of that wonder. Birds have their own distinctive styles of nests. Some build their nests in trees, some on hte ground, others will move into a prefabricated location, and some live communally. Birds gather materials from their environment and piece thogetehr their nests. One of the most intriguing builders is the bowerbird. The male will collect sticks and assemble a "maypole." Some will build more than one maypole and others will build a "hut" over their maypole. The bowerbird will then decorate the area that surrounds the structure with piles of various found objects, such as lichen, flower petals, plastic, discarded toys, shells and bones. gather-piece-stitch: The Art of Place pieces together community voices with elements of natural surroundings to create. a sense of place. GATHER: plants, sticks, branches, leaves, bark, shells, bones, logs, pine needles, fabric, old blue jeans, pulp, indigo, cochineal, coffee, tea, poetry, memories, stories, photographs. PIECE: natural dyes, paper, cyanotypes, typewriter, shibori. STITCH: cabinet of curiosities, nests, collectives, quilts, installations.