Bagworms are interesting little creatures. Found in almost every part of the world, they construct their protective cases from things like sand, soil, plant materials and silk. But Japanese artist Aki Inomata tasked them with something a little different. Based on a traditional children’s game that the Japanese have been playing for years, she provided the insects with scraps of fabrics from already constructed garments, allowing them to fashion their cocoons into unconventional fabric habitats.
Called ‘Girl, girl, girl’, Inomata spent two years raising the bagworms and developing the project. After trimming textiles into miniature strips and cubes, closely mimicking substances natural to the bagworm’s habitat, and depositing the torn fragments into a petri dish, the instinct-driven insects interwove the sections into soft shells, costuming themselves in a kaleidoscopic network of beaded, fuzzy, and patterned pieces.