TheTreeProject is a creative research project which investigates the existence of trees discussing their connotations and connections with human beings and life.
We start this project with the desire to expand our creativity and personal endeavor, by studying and researching information about trees and nature. In order to create interactivity and participation among people we create a blog to give to everyone the possibility to connect and communicate.
TheTreeProject is an Open door, everyone can get in, write, share and create.
During the research project we intend to use all the information and knowledge shared as a source of inspiration for our personal process of creativity, and see if there is any discoveries or interest we want to pursue further and how.
Everything started from a flying seed.Emma came to London to visit me (Monika).She made me a pendant:a flyig seed.Then she recited Munari’s poem:“A tree is a slow explosion of a seed”.I had never seen a flying seed before.We spoke a lot about thing I can’t say... It was December 2013. We went to bed.Emma went back in Milan,I continued to sleep.
Spring 2014.One day I went for a walk in the park to take some pictures of trees. Whilst I was sitting in front of a huge swaying tree, I thought about Emma and our friendship. When I looked down I saw a little dot on the ground…a flying seed. Red and yellow, round and light. Beautiful. Have you never seen a flying seed?? That was the first time I had seen a real one!
That same day I went to a charity shop, to snoop around. What was the first thing I saw? A book entitled “Arbre”. A French book about trees!!
I went home and I called Emma and asked her to work together on an artistic project about trees.
She didn’t answer. She opened her sketch notebook. It was full of drawings about seeds and branches. I guess that meant ‘yes’.
Plants can be pollinated by the wind. The wind picks up pollen from one plant and blows it onto another.
I think when you are in love or passionate about something, you are like pollen, moved by the wind, you can infect everything.
I didn’t know Jose well. We used to work together in a sterile environment. I saw his work as a photographer and I asked him to work together on the project. He got infected, he got pollinated!
One day we went to Epping Forest to take pictures of fallen trees. After our meeting I wrote:
“Why do we make art? Because of friendship.”
"I am in the forest. Everything is waving. I am a seed"
This is your land in which you can plant how many seeds you want to.
Share your story and tell us your thoughts about trees.
Remember: You are a seed!
In the workshop we will explore simple techniques to draw a tree, and what are the repeatable patterns to create a tree. We will also investigate if there is any connection or similarities between the structure of trees and human bodies. And if this similarities can be further applied to the world we know.
Let’s be creative- Let’s DIY!! In this workshop we will create our own recycled paper out to left-over papers. It’s a good way to optimize your waste, get creative and personalize your own paper. Did you know you can personalize your paper with seeds, flowers or anything you will like to add! We will also have a panoramic of how paper has been produced during the centuries and which kind of materials are today available to create paper as alternative of cutting trees.
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Can a tree produce a sound? Years ago The Global Drum Project made an incredible experiment by integrating part of the orchestra with two trees’ roots! They made a concert by percussion two giants roots of red wood and grapevine's tree. What we propose in this workshop is to explore how different species of wood sounds when they are percussion.