Igniting a reforestation revolution!

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You may have heard of the organisation ‘TreeSisters’, but if you haven’t, allow me to introduce you to a global network of amazing women* aiming to inspire and channel women’s nature-based feminine leadership into local and global action. Specifically, by funding the reforestation of the Tropics. Not ‘planting some trees’, not ‘running a couple of workshops’, but reforesting the Tropics! Working with and empowering women’s groups across the globe to plant One. Million. Trees. A month. Every month. Can you imagine how awesome that is for this beleaguered earth?

They describe their unique focus as “The creation of resources that empower women to step into their nature based feminine leadership, in support of humanity’s identity shift from a consumer species to a restorer species.”

 

Restoring the watershed of Mt Kenya
Restoring the watershed of Mt Kenya. Just one of the projects supported by TreeSisters.

 

Well, combine trees, feminine empowerment, and an outrageously bold goal, and I am just so there. So, by way of adding some support to this incredible organisation I am having a SALE in my Etsy shop, of all my tree-related artworks, and 50% of all proceeds will go directly to TreeSisters. If you go to my Etsy shop sections, and click on the ‘Force of Nature’ sale, that’s where all the trees are. AND, they’re all reduced! Well, it is a sale.

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Go check it out – buy a tree to plant some trees 🙂 Let’s show this planet some love.

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*This is the response I received, within a day, to the question ‘do you include trans women?’:

“At TreeSisters we want to speak to all women who identify as women, regardless of how they were assigned at birth. We also aim to speak to the feminine within all human beings – so much of what we offer and share is also very relevant for people who identify as male, but want to explore how the feminine lives in them. We yearn to create a space where the feminine can thrive, and be reinstated back at the heart of life, within people of all genders.”

Spring clean, Spring sale!

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I was recently invited to bring some artworks to join my amazing friends Grace Kaya and Sarah Smout at their gig.  I wasn’t sure what to bring, but I knew the venue was small, with no real space to display or hang stuff, so instead of gathering up my carefully framed pieces, I rummaged in my box of unframed ‘things I have created just because I wanted to create’.  This made me realise that I really need to have a clear-out of these bits and pieces, because hoarding them in a box serves no-one. Art is not meant to be hidden away in boxes, just as boxes of hidden art are not meant to clutter up my precious and limited workspace!  So anyway, for many reasons (it’s nearly my birthday, I’m totally skint, I need to clear some space), but mostly because I think these creations want to be shared, I am having a Spring Clean Sale!  Below are all the pieces for sale, with dimensions. If you like the look of one (or more), just use the contact form and make me an offer. Seriously, you decide what you think it’s worth, and what you’re willing to pay. It’s first come first served, and I’ll mark items as sold as they go.  Postage is just £2 flat rate, no matter if you buy one piece or all of ’em.

Grumpy monster
Grumpy Monster 28x26cm Chain stitch (mostly) on stiff cotton.
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Hug Me monster SOLD
carpe diem cross stitch
Carpe Diem, with sparkly carpe 🙂 21x9cm on pale blue Aida cotton
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Same stitching, different view
mario
Ey, Mario! Stitched area 15x6cm Cross stitch on even-weave linen.
Well ain't that a bitch embroidery
Sympathy. Stitched area 25x11cm. Cross stitch on evenweave linen.
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Purple scrap tree. 38x38cm Appliqued fabric and machine embroidery on cotton. £30 ono.
Blue/yellow scrap tree. 38x38cm. Appliqued fabric and machine embroidery on cotton. £30 ono
Blue/yellow scrap tree. 38x38cm. Appliqued fabric and machine embroidery on cotton.
large monochrome tree, drawing on fabric
Large monochrome tree 38x47cm. Pen on fabric.
Green tree. 18x27cm (at widest point). Pen on fabric. £10
Green tree. 18x27cm (at widest point). Pen on fabric.
benjaminbunny
Benjamin Bunny. Not my design, just something I stitched. Stitched area 12x15cm.
tree on slate
Slate tree. 12x20cm, pencil on slate. Local (Sheffield) pick-up only, I don’t want to post this.
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Not quite so large monochrome tree SOLD

With muchas kudos and thanks to Warren Draper for the last two photos. Way more professional than mine.

Work in progress – winter tree

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So, I’ve been snipping and stitching, and I’ve nearly finished the Winter installment of my ‘exceedingly large wall hanging trees’. I’m keeping this one much more muted, trying to stick to black and white as much as possible.

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I asked the client if there was anything in particular they’d like, and they sent me a picture of two metal bird sculptures they have in their yard.

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They said it would be nice to try and get the birds on the hanging, as it would feel like they’d been able to ‘bring them in for the winter’ 🙂  Not quite done yet, as I ran out of embroidery thread, so am waiting on an Ebay delivery before I can finish off, but here’s one to be getting on with.

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I am really enjoying making these, and am more than open to many more commissions – large or small.  So get in touch if you might be interested, and let’s have a chat about what can be done 🙂

Hello Monday

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Well, I missed last Monday’s ‘update on last week’s crafting’ because I was away, so sorry about that. I was away making things, but I was making things out of food, so it was a bit different.

Homity Pie
Homity Pie anyone?

But one thing that happened while I was away, was that the second of my large wall hangings successfully traversed the Channel to arrive with its new owners in Belgium. More details on the ‘making of’ later, but for now… The Summer Tree:

Summer tree wall hanging

It doesn’t really have a big crease on one side, that’s just the way the wind caught it. I’m pretty pleased with how this turned out 🙂