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heather bayless: nesting and unraveling

What is a nest? One definition describes it as “a structure or place made or chosen by a bird for laying eggs and sheltering its young.” That’s likely what comes to mind for many of us when we hear the word.


Also defined as a snug retreat or refuge; resting place; home”, THIS is the definition that resonates with me right now, as I carefully tend to the monumental task of untangling the nest my parents settled their four young children into more than 50 years ago.


Stumbling upon Heather Bayless’ sterling silver nests as I move through days and nights, unraveling the threads of my family of origin, I thought her lovely forms a fitting tribute to the responsibility parents embrace as they build their nests. . .


. . .and the responsibility a child is charged with as she thoughtfully and mindfully puts that house in order, readying it for its next family.


Bayless’ elegant Sprouting, Hanging, Flutter, Nesting and Balancing Nests beautifully represent this idea of creating safe harbor for our families.


While I focused on a few of her nests in this post, when you visit her website be sure to take a look at the metalsmith’s other work (Onion, Spotted Pendant II, Spore Shaker to name a few favorites!)

Heather Bayless’ website

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