A blog about the Cocoon project by artist Kate Browne

Tomorrow Paris – WE BEGIN – Little Cocoons in La Goutte d’Or

The cocoon on the left was created in Tlatelolco, Mexico City on the right in Greenwood, Mississippi

and tomorrow

little cocoons will be created in La Goutte d’Or, Paris


In the morning Smail and I field organized around Boulevard de la Chapelle and in the afternoon Veronique and I met with women at URACA. It was great work — listening and watching, meeting people, talking with them about Cocoons from Mexico, Mississippi and the South Bronx.

September 28th, 2013 at 11:59 am

Renaud Cousin explains Cocoon in Paris


Renaud has been on the Cocoon Goutte d’Or team since 2012

September 27th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Posted in Goutte d'Or, Paris

Happy to be back in La Goutte d’Or, Paris

with Field Organizers Veronique Drougard and Smail Kanoute

IMG_5823preparing for a week of little cocoons, wishes and portraits with the residents of La Goutte d’Or

September 27th, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Illumination of Cocoon in Jackson, MS

_MG_6685-EditCopy:FinalJacksonCocoon in the Art Garden at Mississippi Museum of Art, March 24, 2012

Read more about the Cocoon international project here ….

photography Eric Etheridge

June 15th, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Cocoon Community Participation Meeting at Rainbow Cooperative

Sunday, March 4th @ 6pm


Join us! Bring friends and family!

February 25th, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Posted in Jackson MS

Cocoon Youth Core Team selected

We are proud to announce the selection of six incredible Youth Core Team members for Cocoon Jackson, March 12-24

Lesley Collins
Cedric Colston
Phylicia Pierson
Jayson Porter
Nathan Robertson
Michael Yitna

The Youth Core Team is responsible for collaborating with Kate Browne, daniel johnson and Alison Brummer –

– in leading residents of the community to:

  • build the 26 x 10 foot Cocoon Skeleton out of 48 Chinese Tallow Saplings
  • weave the Cocoon Skin out of 1,000 stalks of Bamboo
  • cover the Skeleton with the woven Skin and hang the Little Cocoons inside the giant Cocoon
  • organize and set up for the lighted night time Ceremonial Procession through Jackson and the Illumination Ceremony of the giant Cocoon
  • reach out to local people to participate in Cocoon Jackson
  • welcome and support local people when they come to Cocoon site
  • insure that all people are valued on the site and have an opportunity to participate in all aspects of the build

Funding for these 6 Youth Core Team members has been provided by Browne Barnes, Mississippi Museum of Art, National Endowment for the Arts, and Young People’s Project.

February 25th, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Posted in Jackson MS

Melvin Priester, Jr.’s Map

I had some time before I caught my flight back to New York and wanted to walk the Cocoon’s Ceremonial Procession route that Melvin Priester, Jr., a Jackson, MS lawyer, had suggested during a dinner at the Jackson Community Design Center. The buildings and sites that Melvin included in his proposed walk to the Mississippi Museum of Art are: Smith Robertson Museum, Alamo Theatre, Farish Street, Amite Street, Governor’s Mansion, Smith Park, Elite Diner, Mayflower Cafe and the King Edward Hotel.

Maps honor the past.


I ended up not walking the second dog leg because of my plane. It took 30 minutes to walk with 5 stops: 2 people asked me for directions and 3 engaged me in conversation. It was quiet and peaceful with some birds singing.

I want to hear from you — contribute your route for the Ceremonial Procession on the Cocoon Facebook page and let us know why it’s important to you. click here to post.

December 6th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Posted in Jackson MS

Ceremonial Procession Route to Cocoon

A possible route for the Ceremonial Procession of the Cocoon Skin

IMG_3405 above route suggested by Jackson lawyer, Melvin Priester, Jr.

I have begun collecting lists of important historical places in Jackson, MS. I will use these in planning the route for the night time ceremonial procession of the Cocoon Skin (a joyous lighted march of the mats we’ve woven) through Jackson to the Cocoon Skeleton in the Art Garden.

I want to hear from you — contribute your important Jackson location on the Cocoon Facebook page and let us know why it’s important to you. click here to post.

November 29th, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Posted in Jackson MS

Pre-Planning Week — Cocoon Jackson

Mapping History in Jackson, MS

With every Cocoon pre-planning trip elements rise to the surface and trigger a set of ideas and images in me. These shape my narrative and love affair with a site. In Cocoon Jackson maps are important. They are a visual history of place — layers of changes to a neighborhood sometimes happening over one hundred years time.

Language often fails us with history, but maps have a wonderful way of honoring peoples’ lives.
IMG_0210My desk at MMA with current and past maps of Jackson, MS — government, museum and Sanborn maps.

Each tells a story of Jackson — the Sanborn maps are the most detailed. With their dots, solid lines, Ds and Bs, they show real life — homes, porches, overhangs, businesses, thriving communities – they tell a history that is difficult to put into words.

November 28th, 2011 at 10:21 am

Posted in Jackson MS

Cocoon Jackson & Mississippi Museum of Art

Jackson, MS
March 12-24, 2012

I’m very happy to announce that I’ve been invited to build a Cocoon in the Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art with the Jackson community of Hinds, Madison and Rankin Counties. I’ve just returned from a pre-planning week and know that this Cocoon will be a deeply meaningful and joyous experience. We’ll use local materials to construct the large Cocoon as well as make the Little Cocoons. During the build, I’ll record peoples’ wishes for their Little Cocoons and these will be audible inside and just outside the finished Cocoon.

Orientation for Core Youth Team — March 10 & 11
Cocoon Build will take place — Daytime, March 12-24
Ceremonial Procession through downtown Jackson — Evening, March 23
Illumination Ceremony, The Art Garden — Evening, March 24

Mississippi Museum of Art
The Art Garden
380 South Lamar Street
Jackson, MS 39201

Join our Cocoon Community on Facebook
… and post your thoughts and ideas about Cocoon.

What route should the Ceremonial Procession take through Jackson? What are the important buildings to pass by and streets to walk on? click here to post.

I will post up dates on facebook and welcome posts from past, present and future Cocoon builders.

November 23rd, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Posted in Jackson MS