The Republican poet William Blake (1757-1827) was once struck by a vision of a tree filled with angels, while walking on Peckham Rye common. When I lived close to the Rye, I would often walk on the common and think of Blake and his tree - this model was the result.
The tree itself is made from the dried root of a bush of thyme, encased in a fabric I made up using dried seaweed, which has a bark-like texture. The tree's roots are fixed into a found piece of eucalyptus bark, which forms a natural plinth.
The foliage is a mass of dried leaves from the Pepal tree (under which Buddha is said to have gained enlightenment on seeing the morning star), onto which I have stitched vintage scraps of green materials, embellished with silver and gilt-thread so that the whole glistens in certain lights.
The angels in the boughs are hand stitched from raw silk and Japanese mulberry tissue with gold and silver paper inclusions and delicately cut tracing paper wings.
This original tree stands approximately 1.5 ft tall by 16" wide.
Price and postage are simply a guideline for models of this scale.
William Blake's Tree RESERVED not for sale
- Handmade item
- Materials: skeleton Pepal leaves, dried seaweed, found thyme root, found eucalyptus bark, wire, vintage scraps, silver and gold thread, raw silk, tracing paper, Japanese mulberry tissue, Abaca fibres, cotton, dried leaves
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