The Unfolded Cocoon
As a child, Ida Ivanka Kubler helped her grandparents with the breeding of silk cocoons every summer season. Remembers the artist:
"That involved various responsibilities such as cutting off mulberry leaves from tree branches, repositioning slow-growing worms to different areas, and gathering cocoons from the small niches where they had been spun."
"As kids, were very excited about the whole process. We were a jolly group of little helpers and our grandfather praised us for our labor. As a reward, at the end of the cocoon season, my grandfather gifted each of us with a beautiful silk dress!"
On creating jewelry from cocoons, the artist explains:
"I decided one summer to experiment with dissolving the tips of crayons in water and then dipping the cocoons in it. That sparked the idea of making cocoon jewelry for clients. I created the brooch (see below) before I started using the sculptured cocoon form for artwork."