The new Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum is filed with thousands of species of animals, plants and habitats, In this collection I found the structures of plant forms and nests very inspiring. In particular, I found a collection of wasps and bees nests very interesting. These nests have been formed from paper, collected fro Trees with paper elements in the surrounding area. The insects have then added a sticky residue to the paper particles creating a paper mache effect. This is very inspiring, the idea that unusual structural forms and functions can be used to create a habitat due to differing environments and locations. The structural forms and functions of the various objects and habitats at the museum encouraged my desire to experiment with garment construction and fabric manipulation.
I found the tree exhibition piece equally inspiring. In South America they have some of the largest trees in the world. This particular tree was cut down at approximately 700 years old. The pattern formed by the early yearly rings are very interesting, I would like to experiment with textiles, creating patterns replicating this structure in various design processes.