Sunday, 9 January 2011

Dreaming Tree Shapes



Hosting the January edition of Festival of the Trees has been so inspiring for me. Reading through so many blog posts of science, environment, word play and arts has awoken something that has been sleeping inside of me for so long.

One of the submissions to the Festival of the Trees was a collaborative project in which a Willow yurt was constructed and felted with raw fleece during a festival and the summer solstice. The yurt has caught my imagination so vividly. I have been pricing willow for planting in my garden, researching willow structures and daydreaming all kinds of magic for the making. Did you know that willow can be at full height within 4 years and that a 3"x3" area planted with Willow will produce enough fire wood for one household for an entire year? Such a great way to nurture the environment, wildlife, and self sustainability ideologies as well as creating materials for crafting and play. I do however have to remember to stay grounded and centre myself. When I see video clips of elven style structures as the one above my imagination runs wild. The possibilities!



Living, breathing, art! For more tree candy visit the Grand Master Tree Shapers of Pooktre. You won't be disappointed.

Trees refresh the soul, clean the air we breath, inspire, calm, nurture. They shelter, feed, warm, heal, give colour, and provide hours, days, lifetimes of pleasure.

What would we do without them?

16 comments:

BluMoon said...

Oh Jasmine that arborsculpture is just stunning. I remember seeing a gardening program years ago that took you round different places where willow and others were trained into arbours, fences and all sorts of other things it was a real delight. Trees are one of the wonders of the natural world I think.
Jackie

Tammie said...

that video is such a magical adventure to witness! Thank you for sharing that. Trees are so much to us.

La Dolce Vita said...

just wonderful Jasmine, love both the video and the sculptures and the birdsong was just magnificent!!

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Such a wonderful video and sculptures! Trees are magical and very necessary. I am truly loving this Festival of Trees - thanks so much, Jasmine! Theresa

ArtSparker said...

Obsessed at the moment with farming moss myself, speaking of elven.

Andy Coffey said...

Lovely Blog, Jasmine

Perhaps my favorite thing in this world about trees is the way they surprise me with their beauty even in winter. Their shapes, form, and persistent reach seem, as always, to gently remind me to be patient with change... to do more than endure.
Thank you.

Healing Woman said...

Jasmine, I can't thank you enough for posting a link to this fabulous tree sculpture. The chair, the table, the people...I am so inspired. I simply must plant some sculpture trees! Pure magic!

Momo Luna said...

Oh yes, i LOVE trees!
The video is great, thanks for sharing.

And a happy new year to you dear jasmine.....

Momo Luna said...

Thanks for the link to Pooktre, just awesome. I love the figures made of trees and i wanna have a chair like that too. :-D

xoxo

Marghanita hughes said...

The arbosculpture is so beautiful, so inspirational. I love, love,love it. Oh how I'd love to have been involved in this too- how magical Jasmine. Trees give me so much energy and share whispers with me.
Thank you for sharing - what a joy to watch and listen to. Peace and love always. Marghanita

joanne May said...

Hi Jasmine,
The tree video was lovely to watch. It made me think of springtime with all the birds singing!
I love the tree people as well. I will take a look at the links you mentioned.
When we stop moving around and living in rentals, I would like to have a wild flower garden and plant some trees. The Willows sound a good idea to plant a few, if we have the space.

Take care in the snow we are due some more soon!
Have a great 2011.
Jo.xx

Maureen Walsh said...

Really love this blog. Really love TREES. They are like wise old men. Been around a long time,have heard and seen much. Good listeners! They are indeed part of the artistry of Mother Nature. Like the song of Birds, I would absolutely hate to live in a world without either. Thank you

Maureen
http://wwworphanstones.blogspot.com

LauraX said...

beautiful Jasmine!!! Thanks for sharing all of this great tree art...the evening of January 19 is the celebration of Tu b'shvat the new year of trees in the Jewish Calendar...thought that might be of interest to you:)

Sandra said...

thanks for sharing!
The tree in the video reminded me of a fairie shelter.
If I had some space left in my garden I would certainly try to make a tree person! perhaps I can make a small one in a container....

yvette said...

too long no see...but I'll be back!

love stays forever

artymess said...

that sculpture is amazing.....is it true that a 3" x 3" plot of willow will give you all that wood ?? can you burn it green ?...x