When the tree fell, I’d been looking for a plant to work with. I had just finished a body of work ‘Notions of an ordinary yarn’ and part of that had been an investigation into how to use some of the local fibres to make string.
This was an awesome way to really get to know a plant, so I decided to take just one plant and study that for my next body of work. Working out which plant to choose was hard, I toyed with ideas of residencies at Botanical Gardens or places of significance. Then I thought about the reality of how much time I have to do this work, and the added stress of travel and working offsite. I wanted didn’t want to complicate my families life to the point of complete dysfunction. (A little is manageable).
The solution, to start at the top of my driveway and just use the first plant, and then the tree fell…. And the problem was solved, it was incredible how many Forest Red Gum (Eucalyptus Tereticornis) connections were already at play in my life. I was making a tool out of some offcuts, the woodwork mentor has a small gallery and in there is a spoon of forest red gum, my kitchen benches are all red gum and with my new found plant identification knowledge, the first big tree on my driveway is in fact one and the same a E. Tereticornis.
Here’s a quick snapshot of my first month….