Tree and Rock I: Tree and Rock Series

Tree and Rock I

Tree and Rock I is a piece about youth and the challenges we face when we’re starting out in life. It’s about how life can feel like you’re clinging to a cliff, desperately trying to grab a bit of the light you so much need to grow. It captures the beauty of that struggle in its simplicity. The clouds floating by give perspective of just how high and precarious the hope and idealism of youth can be.

  • Materials: commercial cotton, cotton-polyester thread, Douglas-Fir.
  • Frame: Patrick Hunter, Douglas-Fir
  • Series: Tree and Rock, #2
  • Size: 18 inches x 26.5 inches (46 cm x 67 cm), framed
  • Completed: 2015
  • Current location: Private Collection, NFS

My Thoughts on the Work

This was my first piece after working on The Master Tree. I was aiming to recall the idea of a small tree growing on the edige of a cliff, like a natural bonsai. I wanted to connect this work to The Master Tree through the fabrics and construction techniques.

I began this piece with a few sketches. Once I had one I liked, I transferred it to a larger drawing sheet so I could reference it while I worked. I used machine piecing and applique as well as hand piecing and applique. I used cottons for the top and batting fabrics and bamboo for the backing. I machine quilted this work minimally.

Tree and Rock I is a 9 by 18 inch piece framed in Douglas-fir. The frame was handbuilt by Patrick Hunter for this piece.