Photo courtesy of Jennifer Marsh
Jennifer has a new collaborative project in motion for 2009. She is seeking 30,000 handmade leaves to cover a full-size tree sculpture called Interdependence.
According to Jennifer, The International Fiber Collaborative announces its 2008–2009 project, Interdependence. Participants will create a full-sized tree for display in April 2009 at Big Springs International Park.
Much like a live tree is interdependent on its leaves and roots for survival, societies are interdependent on the greater whole, family units, communities, and countries.
Participants from around the world are welcome to create leaves to contribute to the creation of the tree. In total, up to 30,000 leaves may be used.
Leaves should be created using fiber or fiber techniques. Entrants are encouraged to be creative in deciding on materials and techniques, and may paint, stitch, crochet, patch, quilt, knit, or glue (water resistant glue).
Each leaf should measure roughly 5 in. wide (at its thickest) x 7 in. long. Leaves may also have shape and dimension. Submissions may relate to interdependence in a social, economical, political, ecological, or geographical way. The tree’s trunk and branches will all be wrapped with handmade fiber sleeves.
Leaves are due by March 15, 2009. Mail to:
Department of Art & Art History, RH 313, UAHuntsville, 301 Sparkman Dr. Huntsville, AL 35899
Jennifer let me know that no real tree will be harmed as the tree for this project will be constructed of steel. You don’t need to put any kind of “stem” on the leaf as Jennifer will take care of that.
A new website for this project will be up soon; if you have any questions you may contact Jennifer at blueangle1412(at)yahoo.com