So remember when I said I was working on exploring the unknown? Well, as shown in the image above that is exactly what I am doing. This is a new test piece I am trying out that incorporates both the raw and refined material of fiber. Spending more and more time with this kind of process is giving a sense of reassurance as I work with these two materials and being an advocate for both of their raw characteristics.
This is a tedious experiment, because the wood is from a dead branch and I am constantly saturating it with water, because the reed has to stay moist during the weaving process. Once I reached this point in the weaving I realized something really nice. The form that it is starting to develop is something resembling a hive! Although my hands control the shaping process it was not my direct intent to create this specific form. When you work with natural materials you begin to understand the language that they "speak" and the actions they approve of you taking when using them as a medium.
A hive is a wonderful way to show, express, and exhibit duality. Bees, Wasps, and any other organism that builds these bulbous structures typically build it into an aspect of the natural landscape. After that building is accomplished the cohabitation between organisms begins. I feel as though I am receiving my own experiential moment between building something that does not destroy the place of origin, but compliments and uses it to develop an appreciation for both structures.