Thursday, December 02, 2010

a place of peace

The Wolfden in Dwight, about 10kms from Algonquin Park is my place of peace in Ontario. I was there helping my friend Ben about a week ago and he took me out to find some Hemlock. Which I believe is one of Canada's oldest living trees. Well the Hemlock tree has this inner bark that is deep red or burgandy and if you search particular spots of a forest you will most likely find a blown down tree. We found a few trees that day and took some bark so that we can boil the natural dye out from the bark. I think and make sure to read more about it first, you can make tea from the bark that be a medicine of some sort.

Anyhow, I will be trying to dye some paper and fabric with that deep colour from the Hemlock. I will most likely make a small series of prints with the dyed paper, and from all the inspiration of being in the forests up north I might have an idea for a new series of work. Something to do with shelters, naturally built in the woods, survival type things. A mix of what I have been working on over the past year or so combined with forest art and these shelters might offer some interesting creations.