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Zora Verona: The Art & Craft of Nests

September 28 @ 9:00 am - October 31 @ 6:00 pm

For centuries, the strength, fragility and resilience of birds has captured our collective imagination.


They play a central symbolic role in our mythology, religion and folklore and have inspired our desire to fly, from science to poetry, art and music. Yet could birds have inspired the origins of our textile craft?

Birds inhabit the globe and their history of textile use and technique mirrors the diversity of the cultures with which they coincide and intersect. They weave, felt, stitch and sculpt their nests using only beak and breast, yet from splitting, stripping and shaping, to coiling and random weave, these techniques are all echoed in human crafting tradition.

The Art & Craft of Nests explores the tenacity, determination, skill and ingenuity of birds to craft and curate. Artist Zora Verona emulates a bird’s methodology in collecting nesting materials by foraging locally for fauna, flora and found objects, re-envisioning nests that are held in natural history collections worldwide. This exhibition of sustainable contemporary art works explores the complexity of nest forms honouring birds as artist and architect. It is an invitation to awaken an understanding that every bird species is worthy of our wonder, awe and most importantly our protection.

This event is part of Craft Contemporary 2022

Zora Verona will be hosting floor talks at City Library on Monday 17 October at 4.30pm and Sunday 23 October at 2pm.

Tickets are free, booking is essential

Visit event website for details and to book tickets


September 28 @ 9:00 am
October 31 @ 6:00 pm


Zora Verona


City Library, Melbourne
253 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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