Cocoon Cabinet #6

by Marlene Huissoud

Silkworm’s cocoons, honeybee bio resin, oak
90 x 120 x 60 cm

COCOONS Collection

Cocoons is looking at new ways of using silkworm’s cocoons without killing the worm as it happens during the silk production. The silkworm is one of the most iconic insect experiencing a morphosis during his entire evolution. It is born as a worm but then morph into a butterfly arrived at maturation. Within the silk industry most of the Bombyx Mori are killed in order to extract the silk from the cocoon; what if we let the worm become a butterfly? How can we use this material differently and celebrate the morphosis of the insects? My artworks have been made by an accumulation of thousands of silkworm’s cocoons and are then varnished with a thin layer of a natural honeybee bio resin. The slow process of the making of these unique objects underlines the beauty of the insect world and defends a slow process in the making of those alien-looking pieces.

Picture by Margaux Nieto
Picture by Margaux Nieto


About the artist

Marlene Huissoud

French-born, Marlene Huissoud is an experimental designer. She graduated from a MA Material Futures (known as Textile Futures) at Central […]

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