In our nest making inquiry, we are inspired by Ingold (2000) who reminds us that “the forms of artefacts are not supposed to have their source within the human mind, as preconceived intellectual solutions to particular design problems” (p. 340). In our inquiry is not the children who are always in control of what will happen in their nest making process. The children are always open to what might emerge from the assemblages that are created.
Thinking with Ingold (2000) as we make nests, we might say that:
“[A nest] comes into being through the gradual unfolding of [a] field of forces set up through the active and sensuous engagement of practitioner and material. This field is neither internal to the material nor internal to the practitioner (hence external to the material); rather, it cuts across the emergent interface between them. Effectively, the form of the [nest] emerges through a pattern of skilled movement, and it is the rhythmic repetition of that movement that gives rise to the regularity of form.”
Ingold, T. (2000). The Perception of the Environment: Essays on Livelihood, Dwelling and Skill. London: Routledge.