Bonnie Crawford

Flexible Instincts

Flexible Instincts, 2015

American Bird Conservancy Bird tape, thread, found materials

Discarded objects and bits of string are stitched into scraps of American Bird Conservancy bird tape, an adhesive that, when applied to windows, prevents bird collisions. Mimicking a bird’s opportunism when building a nest, I select materials that are readily available – plastic packaging, webbing for produce, twigs, and wool. Using decorative stitching techniques to incorporate the found objects with the bird tape, I often leave the ends of thread loose. The resultant objects seem at once perfunctory and considered, contingent and complete.