February 2012, I was artist in residence at the King’s Cottage Artist in Residence Program in Launceston, Tasmania.

During my time at the cottage, I explored and gathered branches and twigs from the local area. By playing and grouping them together, they began to shape into cocoon like forms.

Through my research, i discovered cocoons vary in transparency, texture, material and form depending on the species of insect within.

I worked with this ethos to create three large scale sculptural works, each with their own character, which was dictated by the intrinsic quality of the species of twigs collected.

Each cocoon is constructed from different species of fallen twig, gathered from various locations within the Cataract Gorge Reserve. These were later exhibited at Sawtooth ARI Gallery.

Black & White documentation photos by Louise Thrush