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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Feathering the Nest

Sibella Court's shop, The Society Inc., is every-evolving, embracing new themes with the changing seasons. The upcoming holiday installation will be The Biography of a Bowerbird, a nod to Sibella's lifelong attraction to pretty, eye-catching things.

[A female bower bird via PBS's Nature.]

As noted by PBS's Nature, the male bower bird is a sophisticated avian architect known for constructing and decorating intricate "bachelor pad" nests to seduce females. Scientists have observed structures (or bowers) filled with shiny found objects, assorted colorful baubles, feathers, pebbles, berries and shells. In the courting ritual, females fly by to check out the structures and ultimately choose mates based on the impressiveness of the bowers. Inexperienced males often struggle to elicit a glance from just one female. Read more about the designs here.

[Allison Jarek, B.F.A. photography student, Douglasville, Georgia, Untitled, archival pigment print, 11 1/2'' x 11 1/2'', 2010.]

If you are looking to feather your own nest, SCAD’s annual Open Studio Night will take place Thursday, November 11 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at SCAD Atlanta, 1600 Peachtree Street. The sale encompasses more than 200 original works by SCAD students, faculty and alumni including painting, photography, illustration, printmaking and sculpture. Additionally, guests are invited to pop into the university’s studio spaces for hands-on demonstrations by students. This happening is free and open to the public.

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