The Amphorafonia domestica, but let’s use its common name: the rustlepip, is a plant that does not need water (only in the beginning stage of its life) or soil to obtain nutrition, nor does it need sunlight. It is unable to process sunlight into energy through the process of photosynthesis. This plant needs sound as a source of energy. Through a process called phonosynthesis it transforms soundwaves into a starch like substance that can be stored inside various parts of the plant.
The access energy is stored inside little hardened pellets made up from the same starch and collect in the hollow bulky stem where they can roll around when the plant is moved. By moving the plant, the pellets called rustlepips, hence the name, make a rustling sound and release some of their energy. This energy can even spread to the person that is moving the plant, giving the person a slight euphoric feeling.
To many questions were answered in my former work. I found that there was absolutely no fun in that. A nagging feeling of not having a proper direction kept tugging my sleeve. And suddenly there was this idea of making a sculpture that would not only be pleasing to the eye but also pleasing to the ear. A fantasy plant came to my mind. Plants are fascinating beings, so different from animals or humans but nevertheless living things with a life of their own. Scientific studies show that plants do react to emotions, sense danger, defend themselves, have a character of their own and can even establish a relationship with humans. Interesting stuff that fed my idea about the creation of a fantasy plant. Along the way I realised that this plant was also the key to freedom in my work without loosing focus. Anything, be it a painting of someone holding the plant, a fossilised rustlepip, fictive personality’s that studied the plant, sketches, objects… literally anything is possible now, as long as it has a relation to the rustlepip.
Such a happy feeling when this idea came into my head, almost like the euphoria felt when making a rustlepipplant rustle!
Founder of the society of Amphorafonia owners
Palaeontologist Prof. Walter K. Leysius was born on March 11, 1921, son of Kornelis Leysius and Antje Dekker. His father was a schoolteacher in Blokzijl, a town in the province Overijssel.
Kornelis was an enthusiastic amateur biologist, after the example of Jac. P. Thijsse who also was a teacher. The deep love from his father of the natural world and al things growing, was an inspiration to the young Walter. A study of biology would have been a good choice, but palaeontology was the way forward for Walter. Funny fact that later in his life, the discovery of two fossilised rustlepips would make him take up a botanic study. The fossils where found in the chalk quarry of Winterswijk in the year 1966.
This discovery changed his life. He had to know everything about this strange fossilised specimen and so he started his research. In 1972 he founded the society of Amphorafonia owners where members would be able to share their knowledge and expertise and to undertake educational daytrips. He even had designed a medal to be presented to the member that had made a special contribution to the society. Its sad to say that the society was no success. In total there only have ever been seven members and in 1978 the society was dissolved. One of the medals, the one that Walter reserved for himself, is now in my possession.
Pieter Ruyschhaer, botanist
In the book “Cruydeboeck der byzondere ende seltsaame ghewassen” from author Pieter Ruyschhaer is a description of a most peculiar plant by the name: Amphorafonia domestica.
The book is about five hundred years old, written by Pieter Ruyschhaer, a botanist who lived from 1458 until 1524 in the province Gelderland, the Netherlands. Ruyschhaer first discovered the Amphorafonia when someone showed him a woodprint depicting two noble ladies exchanging an Amphorafonia.
This inspired him to study the plant. His research took him to the tiny city of Bredevoort where, according to rumours, a man lived who was growing strange rustling plants. And indeed, there on the edge of a large forest surrounding the city he found a small cottage filled with rustlepips. The cottage belonged to a recluse, a man of few words but with a look of eternal bliss in his green eyes. Probably the good man was in a constant state of euphoria due to the powerful energy that his plants where radiating. For Pieter Ruischhaer this was the beginning of a lifelong addiction to the Amphorafonia domestica, and with a beautiful specimen carefully wrapped in his cloak he travelled back to his home in Zutphen.
Core and pip
A small company that grows rustlepips and manufactures art products in relation to these plants. Although the company is small and has only one staff member it stands for high quality of al it’s plants and products. Owner Els de Boer-Brethouwer is director, manager, product developer, cleaning lady, factory worker, logistics manager, head of marketing, receptionist and canteen lady.