Shuna Rendel

Thread in the Air

Tailors and tailoring come in all shapes and sizes. Shuna has drawn her inspiration from one of the smallest examples, the Asian tailorbird, which stitches leaves together with spiders’ web or plant fibres to shape a cradle for its nest.

Researching the outcomes of so natural an instinct led her to create a raft of possible variations, some tightly rolled and protective, some simply encasing. The irregularities of the natural materials are embraced but the cradle concept is always retained.

In these pieces, the tailorbirds’ sharp needle of a beak can be imagined swirling the vine thread like cotton in a seamstress’ hand, looping it through the air, piercing the dried avocado shells, pulling some together and reminding us of their origin and purpose.