Jane James


Cushion catalogue

This yellow-throated scrubwren nest was found at Mount Glorious. These nests are usually constructed from long pieces of dry vegetation like bark, rootlets, leaves and fern matter. They are typically lined with fern fibre and feathers and suspended from above. A parrot feather is seen at the entrance to this one. Typical of these nests, this one is coated on the outside with a layer of horsehair fungus.
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This range of cushions feature a selection of paintings from the 2012 'NEST' exhibition by Jane James. The original works are synthetic polymer on linen.
Printed by in Melbourne, these cushions are produced using pigment inks that are water based, solvent free and environmentally gentle.

The cushion covers are a Cotton/Linen blend with linen piping, echoing the original paintings from which they are reproduced.
They include a feather filled cushion insert, in keeping with the nest theme.
Yellow Bellied Sunbird
This nest has a lovely story attached to it. This wondrous construction was delivered all the way from Cooktown, Far North Queensland, where it had been built on Christmas lights adorning a verandah. The lights had to remain in place until the chicks had fledged. The nest itself is made from melaleuca bark and other fibrous material, decorated with insect droppings, and is beautifully lined with feathers. I subsequently collected more sunbird nests and in every instance the doorway contained a white sulphur-crested cockatoo feather. I wonder if this is significant.
Most people are unaware that ringtail possums construct such elaborate nests (known as dreys). This is the only nest not constructed by a bird amongst this collection, but this was so exquisitely crafted that I felt compelled to include it. It was found in an inner city suburb amongst a wall of vines.

Ringtail possums construct their dreys in many positions and from many materials. We have ringtail possum boxes that have had dreys constructed within them. We have also seen them constructed within the florescences of palm trees.
Paradise Riflebird
This nest, from the D’Aguilar Range, is a loosely built bowl-shaped construction using dry leaves and bark bound with vine tendrils. The inside is a layer of fine vine tendrils and typically of these birds, the rim is decorated with a moulted snake skin.
This nest was built above the magnificent, wild Wenlock River in Cape York. It was wedged in the fork of a tree branch not far above the flowing water and would be washed away with the next wet season. Next to it was an older nest, perhaps abandoned as it was deemed unsatisfactory in some way. Nesting had finished in April, and this nest was collected in July so it was still very undamaged, with the tiny seeds still intact at the ends of the grasses.

At first, this nest appeared to be nothing more than debris caught in the branch but closer inspection revealed its graceful horizontal bottle shape. These nests are built with a long entrance tunnel, the same length as the nesting chamber. Constructed from long pieces of stiff grasses woven together, it is then lined with softer grasses.
The willie wagtail nest was a very early donation. Willie wagtails are notable for their habit of cheerful chirping all through the night. These nests are a neat cup, woven and bound with spiders’ webbing. This one had partially unraveled at the bottom, where it had been attached to its support.
Yellow Throated Scrubwren
50cm cushions
This nest was brought into an avian vet by construction workers who found it built on a crane which had lain idle for a while. It contained young which were successfully rescued. The veterinary nurse, who is a friend, saved the nest for me. I have been told by the vet that crows may travel kilometres in pursuit of sticks for nesting. If they drop them at the nest site, they do not retrieve them from the ground, but rather, fly back to the place the stick was found, and collect another.
We looked after an injured crow for a long time and I adore the intelligence of corvids.
This nest was collected from the a rural area and contains an extraordinary amount of fencing wire. Even barbed wire is included amongst these materials. Having attempted to construct a wire nest myself, I have nothing but respect for a bird that can work with barbed wire whilst lacking opposable thumbs. They breed tough birds on the Darling Downs.

Another magpie nest came from the Gold Coast and contained gold chain, Smiggles paper clips, coat hangers and gold braid. Magpie nests are definitely a product of their geographic origins.
Ringtail Possum
Red Browed Firetail Finch
Willie Wagtail
40cm cushions