Wednesday, March 20, 2013

COCOONS .... PODS .... RECEPTACLES

 The hands of fiber artist, Maria Hwang Levy by photographer Eric Swansen. See more of Eric's beautiful photographs here.

seeds
encased
until the time is ripe
for new life
new thoughts
new ideas 

Maria Hwang Levy. See Maria's amazing work at her website here

"These vessels are receptacles for my thoughts, memories and feelings."  -  Maria Hwang Levy

Bronwyn Berman. See website here.

"The pod form is deeply 'known', an encapsulation of life to come, a concentration or distillation of all that is complex in nature, containing seeds of new life, of the promise of transformation to new form."  -  Bronwyn Berman

Geopods by Bronwyn Berman. See website here

"I love the look and texture of the woven form, weaving is women's work, and the forms are female in their nature, seed pods are givers of life, and the pods have a torso kind of quality . "  - Bronwyn Berman

 Ceramic pod forms by Debra Fleury. See more at Debra's blog here.

Debra Fleury. See more here

Seed Pod Rattles by Demetria Chappo. See blog here


 Marisa Molin (cocoon of twigs, screws, zipper ties and copper wire) See website here  and Face Book page here


Donna Anderson. See website here

Pat Hickman. See website here

Susanne Klemm coats natural objects in a fine layer of polyolefin or epoxy. See more here

Susanne Klemme. See more here


Scott Cardamatis & Joseph Saad. See more here

Magdalena Abakanowicz. Website here


 I couldn't resist this image doing the rounds on Pinterest. I 've not managed to find the artist.

74 comments:

  1. oh, thank you for this, robyn! so much inspiration...

    xoxo

    a seed and pod lover

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    1. I can imagine so many of these pieces fitting in with your nature walks, Lynne.

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  2. I absolutely love these - what imagination and thought has gone into them.

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  3. Pods and nests, offer so much hope, potential yet to be filled...lovely forms and shapes and this is a great collection of them, thank you!

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  4. This organic expression is marvelous. I keep wanting to touch. Move them. Wonder what might emerge from such cocoons.

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    1. Did you ever watch the movie Cocoon? Magdalena's cocoon pieces remind me of it.

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  5. The perfect post for the first day of spring -- seeds and pods hold so much promise and these are just amazing. Thank you!

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    1. It's the first day of Autumn here... and what a glorious day it's been.

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  6. une belle récolte de pommes de terre :))

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  7. I love these shapes and textures they make me feel both hopeful and safe. The hope is for things to come, spring, new life, possibility and safe- enclosed and protected. Thank you as always for sharing your thoughts.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the post Lori. I love organic shapes and textures.

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  8. Love everything these represent, I want to reach out and touch each and every one. I especially love the work by Bronwyn, gorgeous collection Robyn.

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    1. I particularly love the way Bronwyn has incorporated the pebbles into her pieces.

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  9. Lovely post as always. There is something wonderfully comforting about a cocoon, everyone can relate to that feeling. Have you seen Kelly Jean Ohl ceramic seed pod rattles, they are irresistible to hold. I wish I could touch the ones in this post.

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    1. Thanks Cathy. Yes I've seen Kelly's work and love her big bowls of pods.

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  10. Robyn, Another wonderful post. I love seed pods and have a collection of dried ones in my studio, they are always inspiring. xoxo

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    1. Thanks Annie. Memories of school nature tables and the sight of a big pod still thrills me.

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  11. Very very beautiful collection that you've gathered here Robyn. Thank you. I will be coming back to this many times. And the thought is beautiful too, how we encase our ideas and allow them to grow within until the time is right to send them forth out into the world.

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    1. Thanks so much Priya. Seeds ... ideas... waiting to germinate... an exciting thought.

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  12. Marisa Molin's cocoon of twigs, screws, zipper ties and copper wire sends me over the moon!

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  13. another beautiful post Robyn and so good to see Bronwyn's work here, she is trekking in New Zealand but will be back on the weekend, she'll be rapt!

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    1. Mo, you know the most interesting people!

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  14. What a gorgeous array, I love the Aussie collection, but my favourite would have to be Bronwyn's hanging pods, they're beautiful.

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    1. Ro, I love the geopods in the forest. They look as though they belong there.

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  15. nature as inspiration, as jumping off point, as part of the mix for a piece of art; what wonderful, magical pieces.

    and of course who could resist that sweater? and I have to say there are some evenings around here I might wish to have one just like it!

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    1. I can't help smiling at that sweater :-)

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  16. Great Post Robyn!
    A seed is planted in my mind. It's like a song that keeps coming back ;-)

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    1. .... and sometimes it takes a while to grasp the tune, but when the idea is ready to grow it's a wonderful feeling.

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  17. love to see all these artists work and an interesting post, indeed....and I did very much enjoy the last photo of the human in this sweater-cocoon...:O)

    from Anita

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    1. The first time I saw the sweater cocoon I found myself smiling all day every time I thought about it.

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  18. R- thanks for this post - there really is something magical or mythical about the pod form. Lately I've been beating a few vessels this way - they have such a beautiful feel and fit in the hand. B

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    1. Barry I checked out your post and love the deep pod shaped bowls.

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  19. even the word pod is marvelous. these images are lovley robyn.

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  20. After looking at Barry's pod process today this post was a perfect companion. The pod is such a beautiful shape and your examples are a real delight.

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    1. I enjoyed Barry's post too. The pod shape is indeed inspiring.

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  21. My mouth always drops open when I see the images on your posts, and this is no exception!

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  22. Seed pods are like magic to me, and all of these strike me as sacred objects. I'm especially captivated by Berman's geopods on the forest floor...

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    1. The geopods look as though they are part of the forest....

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  23. oh, still giggling with that last image... but Klemme's work is really fascinating... another wonderful post...

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    1. From now on when I feel like cocooning I will imagine I'm wearing that body suit :-)

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  24. How wonderfully you did this work, it was so nice and appreciate too.


    Reshma M,
    Bus Ticket online is just a click Away!

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  25. A completely new angle to see the world from (for me!) Charming and so inspiring! Thank you!!! Great artists! I'm always in awe when realising how much creative energy is flowing around us!

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    1. It is mind boggling. The thought of so many ideas coming into fruition having been inspired by something, whether it is nature or not.

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  26. love Bronwyn's geopods displayed on the forest floor and hanging, suspenseful in what they may contain or release.

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    1. One would expect lichen and moss to grow on them.

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  27. I gathered
    some pods
    on my AZ canal walk
    to add
    to the collection
    how can one
    ever
    have enough pods???

    you have inspired me
    again...

    xox

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    1. I saw your gatherings on Facebook.. I think... and was rather envious.

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  28. robyn I love these... the whole idea of pods... seeds of possibility... wonderful!

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    1. Seeds of potential.... lovely thought.

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  29. I love the deeply textured surfaces of these pods.. so many different and unique styles of artists who are all creating the same primordial birth/rebirth cycle of life... and so many new artists to explore.

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    1. So much to see and so little time :-)

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  30. There is something so comforting about the concept of a vessel and a pod. Life can spring from both. Love the organic-nature of most of the pieces here.

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    1. As Bronwyn mentioned in her statement, it's a form we all know.

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  31. These r all so wonderful. Thanks esp for Pat Hickman's site.

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    1. Pat's piece reminds me of a water lily pod. Glad you are enjoying her website, M.

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  32. Blissful imagery as usual, Robyn. God bless Pinterest. I'm always vying to get those images before you do! LOL. You're too fast for me though - and of course, your selection of the best is inimitable and impeccable.

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    1. Aah but I'm clever :-) I usually pin my post images after the post is up... though I have found amazing artists on Pinterest .....and spend far too much time there.

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  33. Always a joy to visit your blog for inspiration and beautiful things ... I always leave fired up!! Love Bronwyn's sculpture
    Thank you for visiting my post ... I made a start woo hoo!!!
    Enjoy the easter break ... best wishes Carolyn

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    1. Glad you are back in the swing of things Carolyn.

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  34. Dear Robyn, all these pods, they seem to me to be about to burst, so filled with life they are. My very favorite is the tree form surrounded by smaller pods, it makes me daydream of walking through the woods and picking up treasures.
    roxanne

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  35. That's all incredible work...thanks for the links.

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