In 2012 I created one of my first experimental 3-dimensional works - using miliner's straw from a deconstructed "lady's hat" to create a nest-like form, which I covered in reclaimed Blue Willow pattern embroidery. I made this work for an exhibition "Feather your Nest" at a gorgeous little shop/gallery in Brunswick called Gleaners Inc. In 2013 I worked with Philip Stokes Studio Glass (then in Richmond, now in NZ) to create glass domes for the nests to reside in. Philip and Scott created two beautiful hand-blown glass domes which we referred to as "pods". As their shapes mimicked the shape of the nests, 'pod' inferred that the textile objects were coming to life within the glass object, rather than simply being protected from the dust outside. For WILD I have gone on to reconstruct each of the 'nests' and to commission one more pod from PSSG, which lays on its side and holds, not a nest but rather, a bed of discarded silk fringing and a number of porcelain flowers. This pod has become Memory Terrarium lying on an antique French doily, from which the embroidery has been partially extracted, upon a velvet cushion. The lush German cotton velvet in a deep shade of bottle green was transformed into a cushion by my friend and artist, Jo Ludbrook of Exotic Cushions. Memory Terrarium is quite funereal, evocative of a coffin cushion. I find it appropriate, as so much of the material I work with, whether textile, paper or ceramics represents the lives of people who are no longer with us. Photos show the development of the work and the glass pods being made at PSSG. Photos by Louise Saxton & Gavin Hansford.