Not only is it very appealing. Thinking visually, bark has layers, crevices, peels and twists, each species having a unique bark pattern and style which seem to be crying out to be used. It is tactile and extremely stitchable without any further analysis.
However, bark is more than a tactile treat; it is a practical, functional organ of a plant. Bark is a part of the plant where many of the waste products are deposited to prevent damage to the plant inside, it stops many diseases, contaminants and pests from damaging the plant, it stretches and grows with the plant and aids in its support.
|Kauri - described by the Maori as looking like whale skin|
It has set me thinking about representing those ideas visually, words such as wrapping, protecting, containing and dividing will be helping me to explore new ideas both visually and metaphorically. The next stage is to start to play with the images and ideas, to ‘hush and hold’ the thoughts, then begin to see where they are leading.